Our mission is to prepare students with broad liberal arts education, research abilities and 21st century career readiness skills so they can have a meaningful impact on diverse and complex human social systems. Our programs are responsive to students’ needs and incorporate multicultural and experiential learning in community settings. We prepare our students to understand the science of behavior and to apply this knowledge in a variety of contexts as they seek to become resilient agents of service and change. We challenge our students to confront corruption and injustice so that collectively we may overcome oppression in our communities.
Through our degree programs, we aim to improve the well-being and safety of individuals, communities and the public at large. The College of Community Studies and Public Affairs (CCSPA) offers undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice Studies, Law Enforcement, Psychology, Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Social Work, Early Childhood Studies, as well as Human Services concentrations in Family Studies and Leadership and Administration. We also offer master’s degrees in Public and Nonprofit Administration, Public Administration, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Advocacy and Political Leadership, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, and Co-Occurring Disorders Counseling.
Our faculty—both full time and part-time—combine scholarship and practical expertise to provide the most up-to-date academic and professional education. Our College is deeply and broadly engaged in our surrounding urban and regional community. We partner with a wide range of external agencies to provide internships and professional practicum opportunities. These engagements enable our students to obtain practical experience and make valuable contacts in their chosen fields.
Supported by our accredited and certified programs, our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have a common desire to excel in professional careers. Most go directly from our classrooms to careers in their field; many go on to graduate programs at Metropolitan State University or elsewhere.