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Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice


Delaware State University
Department of  Sociology & Criminal Justice
Delaware Hall
Room 122
Fax: 302.857.7774

Dr. Dorothy Dillard, Chairperson, Associate Professor



Our Degrees Offered The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. The Sociology major provides a comprehensive grounding in the academic discipline of Sociology, its theories, methods, and findings. The Criminal Justice major provides a comprehensive grounding in the discipline of criminology, as well as analysis of the multitude of social factors and institutions that impact the criminal justice system. The Department also offers a minor in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. What can I do with a degree in Sociology? What can I do with a degree in Criminal Justice? What can you minor in as a Sociology or Criminal Justice major?   Why Choose a Degree in Sociology Sociology graduates have successful careers in such diverse occupations as non-profit business consultation, healthcare, gerontology, risk management and insurance fund-raising and advocacy groups, international relations, state and federal government agency administration, urban and community planning, military officer, career management, evaluation research, seminar and workshop consultations, public opinion polling, market research and employee relations.  To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a student must complete at least 121 credit hours of coursework. Coursework includes general education courses, as well as a wide range of Sociology courses.  Sociology majors must complete an internship in their junior or senior year.  Sociology majors are encouraged to complete a minor and/or develop a specific area of interest, such as law studies, woman and gender issues or health promotion. A minimum grade of “C” is required in most Sociology courses.   Why Choose a Degree in Criminal Justice Criminal Justice careers may entail law enforcement, probation and corrections, legal research, or homeland security. Preparation for professional and graduate schools includes law school or advanced degrees in Sociology. Today,  a variety of  master’s and doctoral programs are offered in criminal justice, criminology, gender studies, urban sociology, and applied sociology across the country and around the globe. To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, a student must complete at least 121 credit hours of coursework.  Coursework includes general education courses as well as Criminal Justice courses and an internship.  A minimum grade of “C” is required in most Criminal Justice courses.    Internships Both curricula in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice require that students complete an internship.  Internships are designed to enable students to apply classroom knowledge in the professional work setting.  They are a central component to preparing for the professional job market, building professional credentials and networking. Completion of an internship is a requirement for graduation. Internship Form Faculty Advisor for Internship -  Dr. Laurin Parker DSU Sociology and Criminal Justice majors have completed internships in a wide variety of agencies, including but not limited to: Interpol, Washington, DC Washington, DC, Pretrial Services Delaware Department of Correction State Congressional Offices Delaware State University Police State Police (Delaware and other states) Division of Family Services Private Law Offices Attorney General’s Office Probation and Parole (Delaware and other states) Administrative Office of the Courts (Delaware and other states) Delaware State Bureau of Investigation Public Defender’s Office(Delaware and other states) Juvenile Detention Centers  (Delaware and other states)   Clubs & Organization The CJ Club   The Criminal Justice Club is formed and led by students.  As a student enrichment organization, it promotes awareness of life after college by hosting guest speakers and social activities that allow for informal interaction among students, faculty and professionals.  CJ Club activities include field trips, guest speakers, mock interviews, fundraising strategies and discussions regarding the Criminal Justice field. The Criminal Justice Club has taken trips to such places as: The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Delaware Correctional Center, Baylor Correctional Institution for Women and The Ferris School. NOBLE National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives The mission of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is to ensure equity in the administration of justice in the provision of public service to all communities and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. The vision/goal of NOBLE is to be recognized as a highly competent, public service organization that is at the forefront of providing solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well as to the ever-changing needs of our communities. DSU hosts the only college chapter of NOBLE.  NOBLE not only allows students to interact with professionals, but it also has a Mentoring Program that allows students to shadow a professional, and it provides students with opportunities to network and secure internships. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to participate. Students interested in NOBLE must complete and submit an application to the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. DSU NOBLE Club Ongoing Fundraiser Faculty Advisor for NOBLE - Dr. Kylie Parrotta

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Dr. Dorothy Dillard
Chairperson/Associate Professor
Delaware Hall – Room 122
302.857.7774 (fax)

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Minority Overrepresentation in Criminal and Juvenile Systems
  • Program  Evaluation
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Lee Streetman

Delaware Hall – Room 112

Teaching and Research Interest

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminal Law
  • Courts and Criminal Justice

Dr. Kylie Parrotta
Associate Professor
NOBLE Faculty Advisor
Delaware Hall – Room 118

Teaching and Research Interest

  • Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality
  • Social Psychology
  • Subcultural Deviance
  • Sentencing Disparity
  • Work-Family-Leisure Balance
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Laurin Parker
Assistant Professor
Delaware Hall – Room 117

Research and Interests

  • Prisoner re-entry
  • Corrections
  • Courts
  • Race, class and gender

Dr. John Balzarini
Assistant Professor
Delaware Hall – Room 129A

Research Interests

  • Urban sociology
  • Community urban culture
  • Gentrification
  • Urban policy
  • Social movements and Social change
  • Social capital

Dr. Kevin Ralston
Assistant Professor
Delaware Hall - Room 134

Areas of Expertise

  • Race,Class, Gender and Victimization
  • Masculinity
  • Sexual Victimization
  • Deviance

Mr. Ben Shamburger, MSW
Instructor/Retention Specialist
Delaware Hall - Room 129

Research Interests

  • U.S Families 
  • Blended Families
  • Multi-racial/cultural Families
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren



Department of Psychology



Delaware Hall Room 221
Fax: 302-857-6661


The Department of Psychology recognizes and supports the overall mission of Delaware State University by providing students with the necessary education for entry level positions in human service related fields and preparing students for graduate studies. More specifically, the psychology program is designed to empower and affirm undergraduate students through broad based training in the foundations of psychology, which emphasizes the need to understand human behavior through critical thinking and scientific endeavors.   The department recognizes and supports the mission of the American Psychological Association (APA) which is "to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives" (APA. [2009]. APA Mission Statement. Retrieved July 27, 2009 from In addition to teaching, the Psychology faculty are engaged in a variety of research and service activities and involve students in many of these activities.   What is Psychology? Psychology is the field of science devoted to understanding behavior and mental processes.  This includes biological and social influences on behavior, how the world is experienced via the five senses, consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, language, development across the life span, motivation, emotion, sexuality and gender, stress and health, personality, and psychological disorders and therapies.  In addition to advancing our basic understanding of the above topics, psychology also aims to apply that knowledge to solve a wide variety of real-world problems, such as developing methods of teaching that more effectively promote student learning, designing work environments that increase morale and productivity, or helping athletes to prepare mentally for participation in sports.   Careers with a Degree in Psychology Bachelor's Degree A bachelor’s degree in psychology can be highly flexible and adaptable to many different kinds of careers (Landrum & Davis, 2007; Schwartz, 2000). In the 1994-1995 Psychology Baccalaureate Survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (Grocer & Kohout, 1997), people with bachelor’s degrees in psychology found careers in the following areas:   ·      education and teaching ·      consulting and statistical analysis ·      administration or clerical services ·      professional services ·      sales ·      health and health-related services ·      research and development or research and development management   Other possible careers include marketing researcher, social worker, and communications specialist (Landrum & Davis, 2007; Schwartz, 2000). With its emphasis on critical thinking and empirical observation, psychology trains people for a variety of potential workplace environments and requirements. (Ciccarelli & White, 2009, pp. B4-B5) Graduate Degree In addition to preparing students for careers such as those above, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields, including business, law, child and family studies, education, social work, management, and, of course, psychology. Some of the careers open to individuals with a graduate degree in Psychology are psychiatry*, psychoanalysis, psychiatric social work, clinical or counseling psychology, or teaching and/or research in any area of psychology. (*Psychiatry requires an M.D.) Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling   The Psychology Program Psychology Major All students who select Psychology as a major must complete both the general education requirements (see General Education Program) and the requirements of the Psychology major.  In all, 120 total credit hours are required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  The complete list of requirements can be found at the links below: Current (Fall 2011) Psychology Curriculum (for all students entering the Psychology major on or after May 12, 2011) Fall 2009 Psychology Curriculum (for students who entered the Psychology major between Fall 2009 and May 11, 2011) Fall 2008 Psychology Curriculum (for students who entered the Psychology major during the 2008-2009 academic year)   Psychology Minor The requirements for a minor in Psychology can be found at the links below: Current (Fall 2011) Psychology Minor Requirements (for students entering the Psychology minor on or after May 12, 2011) July 2009 Psychology Minor Requirements (for students who entered the Psychology minor between July 2009 and May 11, 2011)        

Faculty Profile

Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones
Associate Professor and Chairperson

Dr. Padmini (Nina) Banerjee
Associate Professor

Dr. Brian Friel
Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Gawrysiak
Assistant Professor

Dr. Rachel Pulverman
Associate Professor

Dr. John D Rich, Jr.
Associate Professor

Dr. Amy Rogers
Associate Professor

Ms. Heidi Hoffman
Adjunct Instructor and Practicum Coordinator

Dr. James P. Kurtz
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Roy A. Lafontaine
Adjunct Associate Professor

Ms. Tawanda Morgan
Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Francene Perry-Brown
Adjunct Assistant Professor



Ms. Terri (Nichols) Harrington
Administrative Secretary


Department of Art



Education and Humanities Building Room 134A
Phone: 302.857.6680
Fax: 302.857.6681


The Department of Art seeks to provide high-quality education for Art majors, as well as to provide courses for the prospective elementary and secondary teachers, while providing courses that satisfy General Education Requirements for the entire University population. Combining Your Love of Art with a Meaningful Career   If you have always had an interest in the arts but aren’t aware of the career opportunities available to you, the Department of Art will be able to guide you through an education that is not only worthwhile, but most rewarding as well. Your personal path toward graduation will enable you to pursue a variety of stimulating professions after graduation.  Delaware State University strikes a balance between general academic and major studio-related courses to support intellectual and artistic growth.  In this balance, students are able to seek a variety of courses that offer different career paths.  You will have the opportunity to work with professional artists in an environment that is conducive to high standards of intellectual and creative practice. Delaware State offers abundant facilities and state-of-the-art equipment for all majors, including studio space.  The department office is located in the Education and Humanities Building, where most of the majors’ classes are held.  All majors utilize fully equipped studios and maintains its own Arts Center/Gallery where students engage in historical and contemporary history classes.  The gallery exhibits the work of students, faculty members and nationally recognized artists, as well as featuring an array of international artifacts.  The gallery also hosts lectures and university and community-based programs in music, theatre and visual art.  Our pursuit of interdisciplinary programs enables students to utilize innumerable facilities throughout the campus for intellectual discourse and creative expression.  Delaware State University’s Department of Art believes that the arts are fundamental components of human civilization.  We believe that if you choose our program and stay on course, you will enter one of the most personally rewarding, life-enhancing professions and work with some of the most dedicated scholars you will ever encounter.  


Donald Becker Ed. D. M.F.A


Roberta Tucci, Ed.D, M.F.A

Associate Professors:

Hazel Bradshaw-Beaumont, PhD

Ms. Lori Crawford, M.F.A.

Mr. George Lorio, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

Mr. William Colbert, M.F.A.

Department Secretary

Inger Lawton


Department of Music

The music degree programs at Delaware State University aren’t merely stepping stones to the big time. They are the big time. Our marching band, jazz band, concert band, and choirs perform at major venues all over the world — including the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama. The music department opened a state-of-the-art teaching studio in 2009, fully equipped with digital recording, composing, and editing tools. This addition to the music department’s facilities has allowed the students at DSU to launch CLASS RECORDS; DSU’s record label.Delaware State’s Bachelors program in music celebrates diversity, covering many genres of music from all over the world. Graduates of music programs at DSU routinely transition into careers as music educators, performers, composers, recording artists, and music industry executives.But it’s in the classroom that Delaware State’s music major truly stands out. In addition to developing superior instrumental skills, students get an excellent, well-rounded academic education that includes professional preparation for a broad range of music-related careers.If it sounds like Delaware State University is the place for you to begin realizing your dreams as a career musician, contact us at 302-857-6680 

Department of Mass Communications


ETV Building Room 125
Phone: 302.857.6584
Fax: 302.857.6589

Mass Comm Day 2016 The Department of Mass Communications produces graduates who specialize in convergence journalism; public relations and advertising; or television-radio-film production. The curriculum combines three essential elements of learning: A theoretical approach to enable students to understand concepts of mass communications. A performance-based approach to develop skills and techniques to enable students to be proficient with communication technologies. An internship program to place students in off-campus learning environments working with professionals. General Education Requirements: General Education Requirements are critical to the development of the student as an effective communicator, a critical thinker, and a problem-solver in the world's pluralistic and global societies. Students must complete 39 semester hours of general education courses. Core Requirements: The Core Area engages students broadly in mass communications theory and techniques. Students also develop an understanding of the influences that mass communications exert upon the individual and society by way of such elements as the social structure, the technology, the economy, the politics, and the media culture. Students must complete six core courses, followed by seven courses in their concentration. The concentration areas are as follows: Convergence Journalism Public Relations & Advertising Television-Radio-Film Production Elective Requirements: Electives offer students opportunities to acquire depth and skills in selected area.  Students are offered the opportunity to take 40 hours of free electives.  They may use these electives if they choose to take a minor course curriculum in another department.  Student Activities Facilities    

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Professor & Chair:

Dr. Francine Edwards


Dr. Asgede Hagos

Dr. Myna German

Associate Professor:

Professor Olaniyi Areke 

Assistant Professor:

Dr. Marcia Taylor


Ava Perrine

Divyesh Raythatha

Technology Director:

Vince Ciammaichelli


Christy Cale

Administrative Secretary 

Department of English and Foreign Languages

Education and Humanities Building Room 213
Fax: 302-857-6563
The role and function of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Delaware State University is threefold: The department provides instruction in language, composition, speech, and humanities for the general education program; The department offers instruction in language and literature, speech, methods of teaching English, linguistics, and language arts for the teacher-education program; The department provides instruction in languages and literature, speech, drama, grammar and composition, and linguistics for the liberal arts program. Undergraduate Programs: English - Non Teaching English Course Descriptions English Curriculum Undergraduate Minor Programs: Theatre Arts (Minor Only) Graduate Programs: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) TESL Course Descriptions TESL Curriculum    


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Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy



ETV Building Room 110
Fax: 302.857.6623

The objective of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy is to provide a thorough and dynamic liberal arts education with a multicultural perspective. The majors and subject areas offered by the department are structured to prepare graduates for further education or for careers in pertinent fields. Students selecting a major in the department are expected to gain knowledge appropriate to their subject area and to demonstrate what has been learned through courses, internships, and extracurricular activities. Since the process of learning is ongoing, graduates of the department are expected to stay in touch with faculty and to offer insights and advice to current students when possible. The department faculty is a collection of outstanding scholars and dedicated teachers engaged in active research in a variety of areas. Its research and publication record is second to none on the DSU campus. It has won the annual Faculty Excellence Awards in research, teaching and service a number of times. Students have the opportunity to work closely with these professors, especially during their Senior Capstone experience. The faculty pledges to collectively do their best in the areas of teaching, research, and service so as to ensure that students will derive maximum benefits from their matriculation. Curriculum guide and departmental brochure.   HISTORY MAJOR: There are two History curricula:  a straight History and a History with a Social Studies Concentration.  A student who chooses History as a major must complete the requirements of either one of these curricula, and must satisfy the General Education Requirements prescribed by the University.   A total of thirty six (36) hours of history are required. A student must complete History 101, 102, 201 and 202, or 101, 102, 203 and 204. All majors must also take History 205, 290, 446 and 475. The remaining twelve hours must be at the 300-400 level in either of two concentrations:  American and World.  History majors must also have six hours of Social Science electives (to be met with 300-400 level course in Economics and other business courses, Mass Communications, Political Science, Sociology and Criminal Justice, Psychology, Education, and other social sciences.), and six hours of Arts and Humanities electives (300-400) level course in Art, Art History, Philosophy, English and Foreign Languages, and other humanities courses).  All history majors must earn a ‘C’ or better in all history courses, General Education core courses, and other required courses as designated on the curriculum sheet. View the history curriculum. PREREQUISITES: Prerequisites are noted in the course descriptions. POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR: To graduate with a major in political science a student must satisfy the General Education Requirements prescribed by the University and complete thirty-six (36) hours course work in political science at a grade of ‘C’ or better.  These include the following required courses: PS 103 (Introduction to Political Science); PS 200 (American National Government); PS 210 (Contemporary Political Ideologies); PS 220 (Comparative Government); PS 230 (International Politics). PS 214 (Research Methods, or its equivalent as approved by the Chair), and PS 475 (Senior Capstone). In addition, students must take and pass with a ‘C’ or better 18 hours of political science elective courses at the 300-400 level. Majors must also take and pass the following required courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better:  Economics 201 (Macroeconomics); Economics 202 (Microeconomics); Philosophy 101 (Critical Thinking) and another three hours of Philosophy electives.  Although not required for a major in political science, students who intend to pursue an MA, MPA, or Ph.D. are strongly encouraged to take Elementary Statistics, Advanced Statistics, and other research-related courses.  With the approval of the political science advisor and/or the department chair, students may substitute up to nine hours of PS 330 (Field Work) and/or PS 470 (Internship) for an equivalent amount of credit in the requirement of 18 hours. View the political science curriculum.   PHILOSOPHY: The philosophy courses are designed to deepen and broaden the student's interest in and understanding of certain fundamental issues concerning the nature of existence, knowledge, and values. This involves critical reflection on the justification of basic human beliefs (e.g., free will, the existence of God) and analysis of the concepts in terms of which such beliefs are expressed. See course listings in order to determine the specific philosophy courses that are included in the University’s general education curriculum.  While no philosophy course has a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that students complete Philosophy 101 (Critical Thinking), or Philosophy 201 (Introduction to Philosophy), preferably both, before taking any 300 or 400 level philosophy course.  View the philosophy minor curriculum. MINORS AFRICANA STUDIES MINOR HISTORY MINOR: For a minor in history, students must pass with a ‘C’ or better twenty-one (21) semester hours as follows: History 101, 102, 290 and twelve additional hours of which nine hours must be at or above the 300 level. At least 3 hours each in World and American history must be included. PHILOSOPHY MINOR: For a minor in philosophy, a student must pass with a ‘C’ or better fifteen hours of philosophy courses distributed as follows:  Philosophy 201, 206, either 300 or 302 and any two electives in philosophy.  Students interested in a minor in philosophy may obtain further information from the department office, and also from the philosophy faculty.   POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR: A minor in political science requires twenty-one (21) hours of political science course work with a grade of C or better in each course.  This is distributed as follows: PS 103 (Introduction to Political Science); PS 200 (American National Government); PS 210 (Contemporary Political Ideologies); PS 220 (Comparative Government); PS 230 (International Politics); and six additional hours at the 300 and 400 levels.      LAW STUDIES MINOR Information on the law studies minor. To receive more information  


Faculty Profile

Dr. Akwasi P. Osei

Professor emeritus:

Dr. WIlliam H. Flayhart


Dr. Samuel B. Hoff

Dr. Steven Newton

Dr. Yinghong Cheng

Associate Professors:

Dr. Alexa Cawley

Dr. Donna Patterson

Dr. Niklas Robinson

Dr. Stephen Taylor

Ifeyinwa E. Udezulu, Ph.D. 
ETV 205

Dr. Susan West

Assistant Professors:

Dr. Kami Fletcher

Adjunct faculty:

Mr. Kimeu Boynton, 

Dr. Dennis Burke,

Ms. Ashley Freeman,

Ms. Jayne' Johnson,

Rev. J. Alfred Johnson, 

Mr. Craig Lukezic,

Mr. Jim Orth,

Mr. Tim Slavin

Mr. Ezrah Ahorne 

Dr. Robin Sommers, 


Administrative faculty:

Ms. Benita Solola
Senior secretary

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