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

Dr. Dorothy Dillard, Chairperson, Associate Professor



  Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

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Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Delaware State University is threefold:

To foster in its students the sociological knowledge, skills and aptitudes that will enable them to think critically and logically in preparation for pursuit of higher academic and professional degrees and employment in both public and private sectors.

To raise the social consciousness of students and encourage them to commit to social justice and social change, locally and globally, based on an awareness of social inequalities.

To educate students for world citizenship, for meaningful and effective participation and functioning in a world that has, and continues to, become increasingly interconnected, by providing a broader and deeper understanding of human cultural diversity.

Our Curricula

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is committed to the principles of a liberal education and to assisting its students to think sociologically in order to better understand human society and human behavior.  The department’s curricula are designed to not only prepare students for careers and graduate studies in sociology and criminal justice, but also to equip them with a far-­reaching view of the world consistent with the goals of a liberal arts education and to prepare them to recognize the social institutions and patterns upon which everyday life rests.

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.

Click on following links for curriculums:
Criminal Justice Curriculum
Sociology Curriculum
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice Brochure


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.

Minor in Sociology

To graduate with a minor in Sociology, a student must complete 18 credit hours of coursework.  Required courses are:  Introduction to Sociology, Social Institutions, Social Psychology, Methods of Research in Sociology, Sociological Theories and an elective course in Sociology at the 300 or 400 level.


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. 

Minor in Criminal Justice

To graduate with a minor in Criminal Justice, a student must complete 18 credit hours of coursework.  Required courses are: Intro to Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law Enforcement, Courts & CriminalJustice, Methods of Research in Criminal Justice and an elective course in Criminal Justice at the 300 or 400 level.



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. 

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)



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.


Useful Links

Advising / Enrollment Checklist

SCCJ Form Library

Sociology &
Criminal Justice
Dept. Faculty

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

Teaching and Research Interest

  • Research Methods
  • Corrections
  • Drug Use and American Society
  • Internship

Dr. Lee Streetman

Delaware Hall – Room 112

Teaching and Research Interest

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

Dr. Nicholas Pagnucco
Assistant Professor
Delaware Hall – Room 115

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Education
  • Cultural sociology
  • Organizational sociology
  • Social theory

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. Laurin Parker
Assistant Professor
Delaware Hall – Room 117

Research and Interests

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

Dr. Kylie Parrotta
Assistant Professor
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. Kevin Ralston
Assistant Professor
Delaware Hall - Room 134

Teaching and Research Interest

  • 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