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Community Studies

Learn the Art of Outreach

At Humphreys University, we educate motivated and determined students who desire a practical academic program. Our Community Studies program is designed specifically for busy adults – that’s why we offer our courses online, evenings, and in hybrid formats.

Our professors are experts in their fields – non-profit entrepreneurs, chief executive officers, lawyers, and other specialists. Our professors understand what real-world experience to incorporate into classroom lectures, assignments, and case studies. Because we keep our classes small – five to twenty students – you get the guidance and support you need to succeed.

The pace of our quarter system makes it easier to juggle the demands of life with each quarter lasting only 11 weeks. All the courses are clearly organized so you know what you need to do each week.

You can start the Community Studies program at the start of any of our four terms. Our quarters begin early October, January, April, and July. The application process is easy, and counselors are available walk you through the financial aid process.

Our Community Studies program provides an awareness of the social processes that make up society and emphasizes research design and experiential learning. In our program, students gain a grasp on the fields of sociology and behavioral sciences, focusing mainly on the topic of community and its place in modern American society. The flexibility of our Community Studies program enables students to enjoy an emphasis on Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, or a general program of behavioral science courses.

Students in our
Community Studies
Program will

• Be aware of the social processes and structures that make up a modern America.

• Understand the social institutions that influence our lives and the importance that the concept of community has in the future of our society on a local and a national level

• Develop a working knowledge of the vital role of research design, ethical application, practical implementation, and presentation as a catalyst for changing and sustaining social institutions

• Learn to apply scientific research methods to all fields of social and behavioral science

• Participate within the real world of social and human services, using their experiences to add depth of understanding

• Understand the dynamic interrelationships of social science, human services, education, law, and business as they applied within local community institutions. 

• Understand important social dynamics that exist apart from yet impact upon the human services

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Community Studies (181 Units)

Minor in Community Studies (28 Units)


To learn more about degree requirements and courses offered in the Community Studies program, see pages 92-106 in our current Academic Catalog

Meet Our Faculty


Ms. Becerra is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Chair for Liberal Studies. She has been with Humphreys since 1982. Ms. Becerra graduated from California State University, Sacramento and received a Master of Arts in English and Literature.


Dr. Chabot is our Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of Community Studies. Dr. Chabot has taught at HU since 1996 and has directed the Community Studies program since 1998. Dr. Chabot attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned his Ph.D. in Sociology.


Dr. Bonds is the Dean of Graduate Studies & Program Development. Has been with the University since 1990. Dr. Bonds earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University, and he earned his Master of Arts in English from California State University, Stanislaus.


Ms. Hootman is our Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts. She teaches many of our science and math courses. 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.

Why Choose Humphreys University?

Accreditation is important; Humphreys University is accredited by Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College & University Commission.

As a non-profit institution, we emphasize community, academics, and affordability, all while giving you the resources you need to succeed.

Courses are conveniently offered on our Stockton and Modesto campuses— evenings and online.

Applications for enrollment are accepted all year. Apply soon to begin during one of our upcoming quarters.

Get the aid you need for the degree you want. We offer grants (including Cal Grants), loans, scholarships, and work-study funds for qualifying students.

Support services are provided to all students. Including computer facilities, tutoring and library services, and career counseling.

Your Future in
Community Studies

Our programs are designed with your goals in mind. Our Community Studies graduates utilize their grasp on sociology and behavioral sciences to pursue job opportunities from criminal justice to early childhood education. Consider any of these careers in Community Studies:

• Social Worker

• Teacher

• Lab Technician

• Social Service Case Manager