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Department of Public Policy

Who We Are

The Public Policy Department is an academic unit of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social

Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts, which prepares leaders to find their voice and impact the region, state, nation and world.  The Public Policy Department oversees four undergraduate programs (Public Policy, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Online, and Public Administration) and one graduate degree, an upcoming masters degree in 2020.


What We Do

The Department of Public Policy serves over fifty students in a variety of delivery formats, including fully online, and sponsors events for the campus community to which the surrounding community is invited. Recent examples include the Annual Constitution Day observance (In 2018, co-sponsored by the California Eagle forum, features speakers such as WJU President John Jackson and Assembly Member Kevin Kiley, the annual Veterans Day Flagpole Ceremony, and the Annual Voices of Emerging Leaders Speaker Series featuring the seniors of the Public Policy, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration programs.

Institute Projects & Activities


Chair of Public Policy
Phillip Escamilla,

Lead Faculty, Criminal Justice and Public Administration
Keith Bolte,

Lead Faculty, Politics and Government
Andrew Carico,

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