Department of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences

Our department advances the education of our students by offering a plethora of skillsets and tactics effective in the fields of child development, english, criminal justice, sociology, mass communications, child development learning, and many many more!

Child Development Program

The Child Development Major is a non-certification B.S. Degree Program.  The purpose of the program is to provide a vehicle for educating childcare workers and their supervisors in methods of high-quality programming and a belief system that demands positive outcomes for the development and learning of children from birth to age 5.  The degree prepares graduates for positions of responsibility and leadership in Head Start Programs, childcare facilities, private preschools, and family childcare.  It can also serve as a base for a Master of Arts Degree Program in early childhood or elementary education for certification, enabling candidates to teach in schools as well as have master’s degrees.

The degree has two pathways: the regular pathway by which the Child Development student starts his or her freshman year at Voorhees College and follows the suggested curriculum to graduation and the pathway by which the student passes through the Associate Degree Program in Early Childhood at the Technical Education Centers in South Carolina, it being the base, and then completing the remainder of his or her courses needed for a four-year B. S. Degree in Child Development at Voorhees College. The Associate Degree pathway is frequently called the Two-Plus-Two Degree Program.

The criteria for completion of the degree program:

  • Completion of all courses and required practicums;
  • An overall average GPA of 2.5;
  •  A cumulative GPA of 2.7 in education and child development courses at Voorhees College;
  • A score of “2” or above on the Dispositions Survey;
  • A score of  “2” or above on the rating for the
  • Professional Portfolio;
  •  A “B” or better on the final practicum (Student Teaching); and
  • Completion of the application for graduation.

Child Development Curriculum

  • *50 hours of General Education courses
  • *67 hours of professional education and child development courses
  • *12 hours of electives

 The total curriculum has 123 credit hours.


Associate Degree in Early Childhood                    66 or 67 Credit Hours
Additional Courses for the Degree Program         62 Credit Hours

TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS                              128 or 129

Criminal Justice

The goals of the Criminal Justice major are to:

Prepare graduates to meet the demands of the 21st century in the field of Criminal Justice, by making sure students are aware of the issues, concepts, philosophies and theories in criminal justice through quality teaching by continuing to strengthen teaching and student learning in the major.

Prepare students to pursue advanced studies or a career in Criminal Justice and or related professions such as Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, and Law.

A major in Criminal Justice requires:

  • 50 hours in General Education
  • 33 hours in Criminal Justice Major Core Courses
  • 24 hours in Social Science Core Courses
  • 12 restrictive electives
  • 3 hours in free electives

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice, 122 semester credit hours are required.  

Criminal Justice (Non-Traditional Students)

The goals of the Non-Traditional Criminal Justice major are to:

1.      Prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skill, and background to pursue a meaningful career in Criminal Justice and related professions; and

2.      Prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and background to pursue graduate or advanced studies in Criminal Justice or the related fields of Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Law, etc.

The non-traditional Criminal Justice major requires: 

  • 50 hours in General Education courses
  • 46 semester hours of course work in the Criminal Justice major
  • 26 free electives.

A minimum of 122 hours are needed to graduate.

The area of English offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in English based on a liberal arts curriculum and a multicultural pedagogy.  Texts in English courses are generally taught in relation to the cultural contexts that form or inform the texts.

The goals of the English Major are to:

  1. Prepare students primarily for graduate or advanced study in English and related fields as well as for professional schools;
  2. Provide a strong foundation for an effective transition into whatever non-English careers the graduate may choose; and
  3. Develop reading, writing, and speaking skills in English and in one foreign language.

A major in English requires:

  • 50 hours in General Education program classes
  • 15 hours of free electives
  • 9 hours of foreign language beyond GER
  • A minimum of 48 semester hours of course work in English.

A minimum of 121 semester hours are needed to graduate.

An interdisciplinary major allows student to become engrossed in a comprehensible and demanding program of study. The interdisciplinary major allows student an opportunity to apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to a variety of complex societal issues. Throughout the program, students will gain an understanding of interdisciplinary theory and application.

They will acquire a clear understanding of the potential careers and clearly articulate and achieve their personal educational goals.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will engage in objective, multidisciplinary perspective taking.
  • Students will integrate knowledge and modes of thinking drawn from two or more disciplines.
  • Students will develop their knowledge base relating to course problems and/or themes with interconnected disciplinary domains.   

A Major in Interdisciplinary Studies requires

  • 36 hours in General Education program classes
  • 72 hours of free electives
  • 12 hours of Interdisciplinary Studies core classes

The total curriculum has 120 credit hours

The goals of the Mass Communication major are to:

  1. Aid and assist students to fully comprehend the nature and scope of mass media and its impact on a changing society;
  2. Prepare graduates who are independent professional communicators capable of growing and changing to meet the demands of a global society.
  3. Serve the College and community by providing knowledge and expertise in the area.

The major in Mass Communication requires:

  • 50 hours of General Education courses
  • 27 hours of core requirements
  • 45 hours of required related courses in Mass Communication.

At least 122 hours are needed to graduate.

A psychology major is the cornerstone of any liberal arts undergraduate institution. The American Psychological Association contends that most of the problems in the world are problems of behavior-how people treat others, how they treat the environment, and how they treat themselves. Thus, the goal of the psychology program is to aid the world in producing graduates whom could help elevate many problems of the world.  The Psychology Department will provide students with critical thinking and communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional lives and prepare program graduates for a variety of careers.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Students will apply psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  •  Students will express themselves effectively in written and oral communication.
  • Students will demonstrate the use and respect of skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, and the scientific approach to understanding behavior. Among many others

A major in Psychology Requires

  • 44 hours of General Education program classes
  • 37 hours of Psychology core courses
  • 24 hours of Social Science courses
  • 12 hours of restricted electives
  • 6 hours of free electives

The total curriculum has 123 credit hours 

The goals of the Sociology Major are to:

  1. Offers learners a rigorous and intellectually grounded understanding of the social world and develop theoretical and analytical skills to evaluate and conduct social field research and analysis.
  2. Offers learners a curriculum that is dedicated to building the students’ sociological knowledge and skills that are applicable to a broad range of settings including the public and private sectors, and especially, in the pursuit of graduated studies and professional work in sociology, law, social work, urban planning and development, public policy, education and other related fields of employment.

A major in Sociology requires: 

  • 50 hours in General Education program classes
  • 30 hours of core Sociology courses
  • 24 hours of Social Science classes
  • 12 hours of restricted electives
  • 6 hours of general electives.

A minimum of 122 hours are needed to graduate.

Faculty Information

Department of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences

Dr. Tywana L. Chenault

Office Location: Matthew A. Golson Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts Building
Room #: 101
Office Phone: 803-780-1079
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: Psychology + Education


BS Criminal Justice, MA Education, and PhD Psychology 



Voorhees College

University of Northwestern Ohio

Tiffin University 

Wright State university

University of Phoenix  


Russell I. Branch (15 years of age)

Hannah S. Branch (11 years of age)


Robert M. Hemby II

Dr. Diane N. Hulett
Assistant Professor of English and Mass Communication

Office Location: Matthew A. Golson Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts Building
Room #: 107
Office Phone: 803-780-1167
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: English + Mass Communication

Dr. Hulett earned a PhD in English and a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at Voorhees College.  She has worked previously at Morris College and SC State University.  Her research interests include Southern Literature and First World War Murder Fiction.  Her teaching philosophy focuses on preparing students to write and research effectively and to learn the most current information available in their field of study.  Inspirational Quote: Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.”  I am single but I’m a devoted sister, aunt and great-aunt as well as my dog Gracie’s best friend.

Lugenia Rochelle
Assistant Professor of English/Director, QEP

Office Location: Matthew A. Golson Humanities, Education and Fine Arts Building
Room #: 104
Office Phone: 803-780-1179
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: English

1. B.A., M.S., and D. Pd. degrees; 

2. Two years of experience as a middle and high school teacher; more than 50 years of teaching in higher education

3.  Engaged in research relative to the humanities (art, literature, music) science, publications relative to student success in college; practices in pedagogical strategies designed to improve students’ writing proficiency

4.  Teaching Philosophy: The role of the educator is to in assist students in maximizing their intellectual acumen by directing them in learning and applying the content of a given subject appropriately and effectively

5. Inspirational Scripture: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

6. Family: Mother and father deceases; I am the oldest of my siblings.

Dr. Norma F. Watts
Assistant Professor of Humanities

Office Location: Matthew A. Golson Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts Building
Room #: 100
Office Phone: 803-780-1080
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: Interdisciplinary Humanities – with a Concentration in Fine Arts and African American Studies

EDUCATION-Bachelor of Arts in Music-Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, Master of Music Education-Howard University, Wash. DC.,  Ph.D. Humanities-concentrating in (Interdisciplinary Studies, African-American Studies, and Fine Arts)-Clark Atlanta University

WORK EXPERIENCE-I have taught at Shorter University (Undergraduate, Graduate  and Professional Studies )-Rome, GA.,  Talladega College, Talladega, Al., Spelman College-Atlanta, GA.,  Morris Brown College-Atl. GA. and Claflin University-Orangeburg, South Carolina.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE-I have written a Guidebook for College teachers entitled, “Humanities and the Whole Man-An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Humanities on the Post-Secondary Level: A Teaching Handbook” by Dr. Norma F. Watts

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES-My favorite quotes are “This is the Day the Lord has Made, let us rejoice and be Glad in it!” and “Yea though I walk in the shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil!”

FAMILY-I come from a family of teachers and I have one daughter and one son.

Dorothy B. Gandy, EdD
Off Campus Instructional Site Director

Office Location: Augusta GA Campus
Office Phone: 706-724-1086
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: Education, English

I received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnson C. Smith University, M.Ed and Ed.S degrees from South Carolina State University, and the EdD from Argosy University.  During my educational career, I worked in the capacity of teacher (secondary and post secondary) and in the capacity of elementary, middle and high school principal. I worked in  administrative positions at the college level in various settings.  I have authored three books and am a certified professional coach.  I believe that teachers are facilitators of learning who must equip their students to become thinkers, doers and transformers. I am married and the proud mother of a daughter and grandmother of two grand sons.  “A closed mind is a mind that closes learning; an open mind is a mind that opens learning”.  dbg

Dr. Louis Howell Jr.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice + Interim Coordinator of Criminal Justice

Office Location: Bedford Hall
Room #: 5
Office Phone: 803-780-1099
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: Criminal Justice, Business Administration

1.) Educational Background

I attended Claflin University where I majored in Sociology/Criminal Justice. I’m also a member of Alpha Phi Sigma a National Criminal Justice Honor Society. I received my Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. Also, I have my Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice at Northcentral University. My dissertation topic: Law Enforcement Officers Perceptions of the Influence of Reverse Bias on Their Behavior and Use of Force. Additionally, I’m a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

2.) Teaching Philosophy                                                                                                                

Fifteen  years of experience managing individuals coupled with eight years of law enforcement, has afforded me the opportunity to work with a plethora of personalities. Given the responsibility to supervise persons with diverse backgrounds and vast culture differences required devotion, time and determination to foster a healthy environment of solidarity.  From these intimate bonding experiences the power of positive reinforcement through words, as well as the enormous benefits of listening were learned.  Working in public service was the foundation of my desire to become an educator.  Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through an open dialogue of ideas and a judicious approach to discipline.  I implore that individuals impart more by way of example than precept, and that others are very perceptive in recognizing when someone is a hypocrite; and does not practice what (s)he preaches.  Thus, I desire to be transparent with my students by living a life that emphasizes the importance of learning.  In my mind, “knowledge is power”, is far from a cliché but a wisdom that once embraced will open doors of unlimited opportunities for students.  There are several principles that I believe are paramount to providing quality education.  In essence, the premise encompasses the importance of organization, preparation, and homework; respect for other people and their views; public service obligations; the value of clear and effective communication both written and oral; and lastly the centrality of equality.  Therefore, I will deliberately teach students, both by words and actions.  The very nature of people involves an inquisitive spirit.  Consequently the goal of education should be to foster seekers of truth, based on personal exploration, instead of mere acceptance.  I seek to facilitate this advancement of knowledge, by cultivating critical thinkers.  Hence, the main theme of my teaching philosophy is to challenge students to question everything.   According to Aristotle, it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Pamela Small
Assistant Professor of Child Development

Office Location: Matthew A. Golson Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts Building
Room #: 109
Office Phone: 803-780-1171
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: Early Childhood/ Elementary Education


Ph.D. Early Childhood Education- Walden University (resuming)

M.Ed. Elementary Education-South Carolina State University 

B.S.   Elementary Education-South Carolina State University

Work Experience

Asst. Professor of Child Development-Voorhees College

Asst. Professor of  Education, Child and Family Studies – Benedict College

Teacher Evaluator/Professional Development Specialist- TAP( NIET-National Institute for Excellence in Teaching)

Assoc. Professor of Reading and Elementary Education

Director-Reading Across the Curriculum (Consortium-Inclusive of five Episcopal Colleges )

Former President- South Carolina International Reading Association

Former President- Edisto Reading Council (Six Counties)

Director-SYAC Summer Youth Arts Program

Trainer-Safe-T, Formally, ADEPT  (Assisting, Developing, Evaluating, Professional Teaching) 

Elementary Education Teacher (Certification K-8)


Diaspora Literacy- Ghana, West Africa 

Reading Comprehension

Teaching Philosophy

My belief is that all students are capable of learning and that instruction should be periodically challenging as well as diversified to meet the cognitive needs of every student. Additionally, I believe that through this process, students can readily attain the critical thinking skills necessary to become avid problem- solvers in a global society.

Inspirational Quotes

*I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

*When they go low, we go high (Michelle Obama)

*Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.(William Arthur Ward)

*The only person you decide to become is the person you decide to be (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

*The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done (Jean Piaget).

Professional Hobbies

Singer, song writer 



Two adult sons

Eartha M. Hammond
ACE Co-Coordinator/Learning Specialist in Mathematics

Office Location: Wilkinson Building
Room #: 114
Office Phone: 803-780-1379
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: Math, Study Skills, Time Management + Notetaking Strategies

B.S in Business Administration, M.S. in Technology in Education:  Work Experience:  VC Freshman Seminar Instructor, Administrative Assistant to the VP of Academic Affairs, 2010-2012 Voorhees College Upward Bound Instructor, SC Notary Public, 2019 VITA Tax Certification: Inspirational Quote “  “OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS NOT THAT WE ARE INADEQUATE. OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS THAT WE ARE POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE” Marianne Williamson.  Family- Married, 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren

Yvonne Singleton
ACE Co-Coordinator/Learning Specialist in Reading + Composition

Office Location: Wilkinson Building
Office Phone: 803-780-1174
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: English, General Education, Writing, Religious Studies

Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies

Bachelor of Arts degree in English

Teaching of English (fundamentals of English – mechanics, grammar, parts of speech, sentence structure, paragraph development)


Dr. Leland Conley Barrows
Professor of History

Office Location: Bedford Hall
Room #: 1
Office Phone: 803-780-1163
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: History


UCLA (Los Angeles): PhD African history; French Colonial history

UCLA (Los Angeles): M.A. African history

Columbia University (New York City): B.A. American history major; French minor

Work Experience

Voorhees College, Professor of History 2004-present

UNESCO (European Centre for Higher Education, Bucharest, Romania) Senior Editor, Programme Specialist, and Professor, 1983-2004

University of Constantine (Algeria) successively maître assistant, maître de conférences, and professeur, 1980-1983

Voorhees College, Associate Professor of History, 1975-1978

Research Experience 

PhD dissertation, “General Faidherbe, the Maurel and Prom Company, and French Expansion in Senegal,” UCLA, 1974 leading to numerous articles and book chapters “mined” from or inspired by the research accomplished to write the dissertation, the most recent one appearing in 2013. Two additional and related book chapters are currently in press.

Numerous short encyclopedia articles, mostly on African subjects, published between 1983 and 2018 by such presses as Oxford University Press, Wiley, and ABC-CLIO.

Numerous book reviews in scholarly journals including 20 book analyses for H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences on Line <> produced by Michigan State University (1999-2016).

Editing and Research for UNESCO: five publication series including the quarterly review, Higher Education in Europe, two compiled volumes on educational subjects, two compiled volumes on South East European history and culture, an illustrated album on the Kretzulescu Palace in Bucharest (the building that housed the UNESCO office in that city), and three successively expanded versions of a study of the European Centre for Higher Education, the most recent one appearing in 2013. A shortened version of the latter appeared in Comparative Civilizations Review in 2017.

Teaching Philosophy

Exposure to history classes will awaken the student’s curiosity about the wider world in which he or she lives, how it came to be what it is, and what it may become in the future. Once a basic factual knowledge has been acquired from reading, from other sources including audio-visual, and in some cases from experience, the student should be able to make historical comparisons, gauge change over time, reason chronologically, and be able to search for and to recognize truth. As history is a literary discipline, the study of history should stimulate improved communication skills, particularly formal writing, that can be applied to other disciplines and endeavors.


Dr. Barrows had been married to Adra Benaïssa of Constantine, Algeria, since 1985. They have one daughter, Nassima Irene Barrows, who is employed by the Nuclear Security Agency of the US Department of Energy in Vienna, Austria.

Adra B. Barrows
Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature

Office Location: Matthew A. Golson Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts Building
Room #: 108
Office Phone: 803-780-1162
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: English/Comparative Literature

Office Location: Matthew A. Golson Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts Building
Room #: 108
Office Phone: 803-780-1162
Email Address:
Area of Specialty: English/Comparative Literature

30 years of teaching experience in Europe, Africa, and the USA

Taught at high school and university levels. Classes taught:

English (ESL)


Freshman Reading

English Composition

Introduction to Literature

African American Literature

World Literature

        Early Literacy

       Literature for Children


IB MYP (Middle Year Program)

       IB French (International Baccalaureate), 

       (B Level and  A  Level )

   Other Activities and Achievements 

Honors College Coordinator 2014-2018, -Voorhees College

NAAAHP National Secretary 2018-2019

Mental First Aid USA certificate 2018

Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (2013)


I believe in positive criticism, “no value judgments” and in encouraging students to engage in free speech whereby they will debate ideas, readings, writings, concepts, and be able to learn regardless of their origins, race, religion, or gender preferences.


I am married to Dr. Leland C. Barrows. We have one daughter, Nassima Irene Barrows.

Dr. Owen Alexander Miller
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Kendall Williams
Assistant Professor of Public Health

Office Location: Voorhees Science building
Room Location: #109
Office Phone: 803-780-1054
Email Address:
Area of specialty: Public Health

Ronald Scott
Instructor of Communications

Office Location: Matthew A. Golson Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts Building

Room #: 103

Office Phone: 803-780-1176

Email Address:

Area of Specialty: Instructor of Communications

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