Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Justice

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The Department of Leadership and Justice at San Diego Christian (SDC) exists to train the next generation of leaders to address the emerging challenges and social complexities of the modern world.

Why Choose Leadership and Justice at SDC?

The Leadership and Justice degree was developed by leaders in national security, law enforcement, advocacy, intelligence, risk management and the military. Each course was designed to meet the educational needs which are critical to the exercise of ethical leadership in these career fields.

The degree program in Leadership and Justice is structured to focus on three concentrations: criminal justice, political science, and homeland security. Each emphasis area is designed to build on foundational courses in Christian personal and professional leadership. Students will apply theoretical analysis, critical thinking, and practical methodologies toward solving local, national, and international issues.

Professors and students collaborate and engage the major works in the foundations of historical and political literature, which will equip students to excel in the areas of moral decisiveness, social justice, conflict negotiation, and servant leadership. Students can utilize theoretical and practical methodologies for serving effectively in areas of political science, human rights, criminal justice, and homeland security.

“Homeland security, criminal justice, and political science communities are increasingly vital within our contemporary society. In SDC’s unique Leadership and Justice program, students closely engage with faculty who integrate academic rigor, contemporary research, and their own justice leadership experiences through an active classroom environment. Our Leadership and Justice faculty desire to produce remarkable spiritual leaders to serve the world for Christ across some of today’s most critical, challenging environments.”
~ Dr. Rick Roof, Faculty Lead of the Leadership and Justice Program

Learn more about Dr. Rick Roof.

“San Diego Christian’s Leadership and Justice program brings a much needed emphasis to the vital arenas of leadership and social justice through the lens of Christian servanthood. Our graduates will endeavor to impact the world not as consumers of culture, but as shapers of culture. Students will apply critical thinking and a biblical worldview to issues of conflict, justice, and human rights in the highest traditions of classical Christian education.”
~Dr. Lisa Dunne, Dean of Social Sciences

Learn more about Dr. Lisa Dunne.

Emphases

Criminal Justice
Political Science
Homeland Security

Course Requirements for Leadership and Justice Majors

The Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Justice will require a minimum of 124/125 credit hours:

61/62 General Education credit hours
33 Required core credit hours in Major Courses
12 Concentration credit hours
18 Elective credit hours

For a complete view of courses and descriptions, please click here.

General Education Courses

HI 202 American History since 1877: 3
SS 205 Introduction to American Government: 3
SS 210 Statistics for the Social Sciences: 3
LDR 210 Operational Budgets and Plans: 3

Core Courses for Leadership and Justice Majors

LDR 100 Introduction to Leadership: 3
LDR 200 Leadership Spiritual formation: 3
LDR 299 Leadership and Justice Internship: 1-3
JST 300 Justice and Human Conduct: 3
LDR 300 Leadership and Motivation: 3
JST 400 Justice and Moral Decisiveness: 3
LDR 400 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation: 3
LDR 410 Leading in the Global Marketplace: 3
LDR 450 Capstone: Servant Leadership Community Project: 3

2 Upper division LDR/JST/HS/PSC approved electives: 6

4 Courses in one emphasis (criminal justice, political science, or homeland security): 12

Elective Courses for Leadership and Justice Majors

LDR 310 Interpersonal Communication and Leadership: 3
LDR 320 Logic and analytic Thinking: 3
LDR 330 Strategic Risk Management: 3
LDR 420 Collective Decision Making: 3
LDR 430 Non-Profit Organizational Leadership: 3

Criminal Justice Emphasis

This concentration includes additional courses intended to enhance the students’ knowledge of law enforcement theory and practice.  The concentration is intended for students pursuing law enforcement professions.

Required program specific Courses: Credits

JST 310 Survey of the Criminal Justice System: 3
JST 320 Policing Theory and Practice: 3
JST 410 Criminal Courts Systems: 3
JST 420 Community Corrections and Alternative Sentences: 3

Political Science Emphasis

This concentration includes courses for those aspiring to work in federal, state or local politics.  It is designed to prepare students for a career in elected office or political offices/organizations.

Required program specific Courses: Credits

PSC 310 Introduction to Law: 3
PSC 320 Political Theory: 3
PSC 420 Religion and the Public Square: 3
HI 420 Constitutional History of America: 3

Homeland Security Emphasis

This concentration includes additional courses for those interested in national security and intelligence. It is intended for students planning to enter the federal government, intelligence communities or the military.

Required program specific Courses: Credits

HS 310 Foreign Intelligence and Espionage: 3
HS 320 Introduction to Counterintelligence: 3
HS 410 Introduction to Terrorism: 3
HS 420 Survey of Technical Collection: 3

Rick Roof, Ph.D., Faculty Lead of the Leadership and Justice Program

Dr. Roof leads the San Diego Christian College Leadership and Justice Program and teaches a wide range of leadership, ethics, research, and personal development courses. He also serves as advisor for Leadership and Justice internships and capstone projects as well as serving as the Dean of Students for the College. Dr. Roof offers our students real-world perspectives resulting from a diverse and adventurous career. After serving 9 years in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Roof was a corporate senior executive leading organizations in technology, manufacturing, data management, business and consumer services, an Internet startup, and aviation. His most recent role was leading a global airborne ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) division and Dr Roof had a successful consulting practice, Harvest Leadership Group, prior to joining SDC. Dr. Roof also taught for the Liberty University School of Aviation. Learn more about Rick Roof. 

 

 

Over 95% of students at SDC receive financial assistance from a variety of sources.

An education at San Diego Christian is worth the investment. At our institution, students are not only investing in an excellent education, but also in their spiritual formation, leadership training and opportunities to make an impact in our local and global community for the kingdom of God. Our 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows our professors to give their students personal attention both academically and spiritually, and our students are a part of a thriving community of believers who are committed to servant leadership and growth.

That is why we believe SDC is worth your investment and our own. Through our comprehensive financial aid program, we are committed to offering an affordable, Christian liberal arts education to every student no matter their financial situation. We are here to assist you in making an informed decision as you plan a financing strategy for your college education.

For a listing of tuition and costs, financial aid options and resources for funding your education, click here

Career Options in Leadership and Justice

Attorney
Law Enforcement
Consultant
Corrections Officer
Management
Graduate Studies
Foreign Services Officer
Lobbyist
College Professor
Public Service
Intelligence Analyst
Journalist
Social Justice
Victim Advocacy
Homeland Security
Human rights Advocate

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To synthesize knowledge of the structure, history and management of human societies.
  2. To develop information literacy, generating research from well-developed reasoning and critical interpretation of material evidence, communicated in both oral and written form.
  3. To differentiate between culturally generated beliefs and divinely revealed truth, while developing a biblical perspective that reflects an appreciation for the richness and diversity of cultures.
  4. To cultivate a lifelong commitment to growth in the Christian faith, professional integrity, and passion for service.
  5. To demonstrate an eclectic approach to historical investigation in order to apply information from a variety of sources.

What Leaders are Saying:

“As the generation that led us through the Great Depression, WWII, and the Cold War were called the Greatest Generation, today’s college students will have the opportunity to be called America’s Next Greatest Generation. Our cities, state, country, and world will only thrive if the Next Greatest Generation of leaders step up to ensure a better society for all who come after us. The Leadership and Justice program at San Diego Christian is what our region needs to develop the next set of leaders who will serve Him by serving others.”
~Assemblyman Brian W. Jones
71st Assembly District, California State Legislature

“Homeland security, criminal justice, and political science communities are increasingly vital within our contemporary society. In SDC’s unique Leadership and Justice program, students closely engage with faculty who integrate academic rigor, contemporary research, and their own justice leadership experiences through an active classroom environment. Our Leadership and Justice faculty desire to produce remarkable spiritual leaders to serve the world for Christ across some of today’s most critical, challenging environments.”
~Rick Roof, PhD, Faculty Lead of the Leadership and Justice Program