2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Department of Social Sciences

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Criminal Justice: Dr. Aref M. Alkhattar | Dr. John R. Cencich (director of Criminal Justice graduate programs) | Dr. Raymond J. Hsieh | Dr. Michael Hummel | Dr. Nikolas Roberts | Dr. Beverly Ross (coordinator of the M.A. in Conflict Resolution Studies) | Dr. Mathilda Spencer | Dr. Julie Warnick | Dr. Christopher Wydra (coordinator of the M.A. in Criminal Justice: Applied Criminology concentration)

Psychology: Dr. Holiday Adair | Michael Baranski | Dr. Angela Bloomquist | Dr. Rueben Brock | Dr. Carrie Elkin | Dr. Justin Hackett | Dr. Dana Keener | Dr. Tamare Piersaint | Dr. Rebecca Regeth | Dr. Kristen Schaffner | Dr. Darla Timbo

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/index.aspx


Cal U's Department of Social Sciences includes undergraduate programs in criminal justice and psychology. 

Associate and Bachelor's Degree Programs

Degrees offered through this department include:

  • A.S. in Technical Studies: Applied Policing and Technology
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice: Criminology
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice: Cyber Forensics
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice: Forensic Investigation
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice: Homeland and International Security
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice: Law and Justice
  • B.S. in Psychology


The department also offers sub-baccalaureate certificate programs in:

  • Diversity and Multicultural Competence
  • Mental Health Technician


Minors available through this department include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Science
  • Leadership
  • Psychology

Honor Societies

The criminal justice programs participate in the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma) and Pi Gamma Mu, a social science honorary society.

Qualified psychology majors can join Psi Chi, the national honor society. 


Criminal justice studies faculty and students involve themselves in numerous activities beyond the normal academic experience. The program is an active participant in myriad justice-related activities at the regional, national and international levels. There are opportunities for student internships and study abroad. Students can compete with the Mock Trial Team. Membership and leadership opportunities exist in the Law and Justice Society, Forensic Science Club and Criminal Justice Club.

The department also sponsors a Psychology Club that hosts guest speakers, organizes trips to conferences of professional interest, and provides career and employment information.