Community Studies

Welcome to the Liberal Arts Department! Offering degrees in liberal studies and community studies, our programs are dedicated to producing graduates who have the ability to think critically, recognize positive values of a civic society, and utilize research technology and methods as a vital part of the habit of life-long learning.

Community Studies

The Community Studies program is a course of study based in the field of sociology and behavioral sciences yet focused on the topic of community and its place in modern American society. While there is a permanent set of courses organized within Community Studies, only a handful are required by the CS major; the many others cover special topics that focus on modern American society and may be of interest to major and non-major alike. Most students in the program have chosen areas of emphasis such as business, law, criminology, or education, indicating their field of choice upon graduation while preferring a major that allows a broad range of study and freedom of individual growth. Students are encouraged to connect their degree plans to their area of employment, and particularly to specialize by continuing their studies in a graduate program, but at its heart the Community Studies Program is liberal in its emphasis on a well-rounded set of courses that educate the mind without directing the student’s thoughts. If there was any one phrase that best encapsulates the Program, it would be, “The future is your own. Own it here.”

Degrees Offered

Community Studies
Bachelor of Science in Community Studies
Minor in Community Studies

Degree requirements are presented in the college catalog.

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Program Affiliations


Our faculty is what makes the difference.

Cynthia Becerra

Ms. Becerra has taught at the College since 1982 and has been department chair since 2003. She also serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Assessment and Retention. She earned her M.A. in English and Literature from CSU Sacramento in 1984.

Richard Chabot

Dr. Chabot has taught at the College since 1996 and has directed the Community Studies program since 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1991.

Jess Bonds

Dr. Bonds has taught at the College since 1991 and serves as Dean of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. He earned his M.A. in English from CSU Stanislaus in 1996 and earned his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Northcentral University.

Stanislav Perkner

Dr. Perkner has taught at the College since 1998. He has served as Director of the Library and Learning Center since 2001, and was Chair of the Academic Council for five years. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Comenius University in Czechoslovakia in 1982.

Linda Mottison

Ms. Mottison has taught at the College since 2003. She earned her M.S. in Education from National University.

Robert Humphreys, Jr.

Dr. Humphreys, Jr., has taught at the College since 2006. He also serves as the Dean of Instruction. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2006.

Dr. Robert Humphreys

Dr. Humphreys has been the President of Humphreys College since 1980. He has a Master of Arts in Mathematics from UC Davis, a MBA from the University of Santa Clara, and received his Ph.D. in Business in 1987 from the University of Santa Clara.

Leslie Walton

Ms. Walton has taught at the College since 2005.  She earned her M.B.A. in 2006 and her M.A. in English in 2013, both from National University.

Crystal Hootman

Ms. Hootman teaches science and math at Humphreys College. She attended California State University, Sacramento for her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in geology. She is an avid road cyclist and likes to spend time in nature, hiking and camping.

Current Adjunct Faculty

Polly Baker, B.A.
Kenneth Baxter, M.S.
Gene Bigler, Ph.D.
Shana Brucia-Lopez, M.P.S.
Rollin Coleman, Ph.D.
Leonard Dofflemyer, M.A.
Edna Ealey-Chicas, M.A., M.S.
Raymond Harter, J.D.
Richard Hunt, B.A.
David Hutchins, M.A.
David Kernazitskas, M.S.
Lisa Kooren, M.A.
Kerry Moquett, Ed.D.
Carly Moreno, M.A.
Patrice Olsen, M.A.
Sheila Rogers, M.A.
Rick Swanson, M.P.A.
Kathy Tracewell, M.A.
Julie Walker, M.A.
Aaron Zeller, M.A.