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Leadership and Justice, BS


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 through service in the public square.  Based on the authority of the Word of God, Leadership and Justice students’ are grounded in theoretical leadership principles and trained to exercise those principles in areas of national security, law enforcement, advocacy, risk management, human rights, and political and military service.

“The Leadership and Justice Program uniquely prepares students to enter a variety of areas in the public arena armed with the Truth of the Gospel, knowledge of leadership, and the practicalities of core concentrations so that they may lead well as they serve.  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.”


As we live in ever changing global societies, the degree program in Leadership and Justice is designed to engage students to lead in three concentrations: criminal justice, political science, and homeland security. In each concentration students take courses in personal and professional leadership development from a biblical perspective, and will apply theoretical analysis, critical thinking, and practical methodologies toward solving local, national, and international issues.

Professors guide students to engage the major works in the foundations of historical and political literature, which equips students to excel in the areas of: Moral decisiveness, social justice, conflict negotiation and servant leadership.  The goal of the program is to prepare a cohort of students who are equipped to engage areas of public life with the truth of the Gospel as they seek to bring order to social problems.

Program Details

Leadership and Justice majors can choose from three concentrations:

  • Homeland Security: 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.
  • Political Science: 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.
  • Criminal Justice: 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


Nalani Hilderman, M.A.
Acting Chair, of the Leadership and Justice Department
Assistant Professor of History

  • B.A., San Diego Christian College
  • M.A., Baylor University

Nali Hilderman has taught American history and Political Science at San Diego Christian College since 2009 and served as Director of the college’s Dr. Henry Morris Leadership Program from 2013-2017.  She attended the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, CO, and the Witherspoon Fellowship in Washington, D.C., during her undergraduate years.  Her graduate work at Baylor focused on the influence of Christianity in the life and work of women’s education pioneer, Mary Lyon.  Her work in Washington, D.C., (2005-2009) centered on Christianity in the public square through two non-profit organizations.  In recent years, her research has focused on modern women’s history, historical and modern church-state relations, and the American college experience



Rick Roof, Ph.D.
Professor of Leadership & Justice
B.S., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

  • M.A.R., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Regent University

“Studying at SDC not only helped me to grow scholastically but also to grow spiritually. Through this program, I was able to study and see how involved God was in the world. This program gave me a deeper understanding and love for my field that continues to grow. Due to the small class sizes, I was able to develop friendships with my professors that continued after I completed the program and entered graduate school. I am forever grateful for my time at SDC and to my professors for giving me a Godly foundation that will help me to succeed in my career and will also help me to grow more spiritually.”  -Abigail Northcutt, Attending Graduate School, Masters in Law with a concentration on Criminal Justice at Regent University School of Law.


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