School of Arts and Sciences
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
In the School of Arts and Sciences, we live by a mission statement that embraces and builds upon the philosophy of Strayer University: to empower adult learners through a broad emphasis on critical thinking and general education. This mission provides the foundation for every course we offer.
We build on that foundation by undertaking constant program review and assessment. We review courses, texts, and technology quarterly, in order to keep up with innovations, make changes and stay relevant. We conduct the review in light of current employment trends, such as the rising demand for graduates with criminal justice degrees. Our courses embrace the technological advances in crime fighting, such as DNA analysis, microtechnology, and biometrics, and have graduated more than 3,000 successful students in the past two years.
Whatever your chosen field, our general studies programs will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be competitive. Our faculty combine real-world career experience with academic training to teach, advise, mentor, and network. They extend their efforts well beyond the classroom to assist you in your success. In this time of diversification and globalization, our courses incorporate those concepts.
We never stop learning. Through our memberships in and involvement with such organizations as the American Society of Criminology, the American Society for Public Administration, and the National Association of Developmental Education, we stay abreast of developments across the field and gain access to thought leaders.
Nothing makes me prouder than to sit on the stage at commencement, watching our graduates claim the degrees they have worked so hard to earn. We are here to ensure that you receive a quality education of which you can be proud, and that you can use no matter where you go.
Dr. Marilyn Broadus-Gay
Marilyn Broadus-Gay has served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences since 2008. Prior to joining Strayer University, she served as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University and as a department chair at Virginia Union University.
Previously, she was the Co- Director of the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center (a partnership with Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University). Dr. Broadus-Gay was responsible for traditional, non-traditional education, undergraduate, graduate programs, and assisted with distance education. Dr. Broadus-Gay, along with several international scholars, built a school in Senegal, West Africa.
Dr. Broadus-Gay holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Kentucky and a doctor of arts degree in sociology from George Mason University. She has spoken on educational issues at major conferences nationwide, addressing such groups as the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Association of University Women, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
She is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the Interdisciplinary Studies Honor Society, and the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society. She has pursued postdoctoral training at the University of Ghana and Bryn Mawr College, and was selected as a scholar by the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia.