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THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY

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Dr. Donald Hecht, Founder of California Southern University, talks about the establishment of the university in 1978 and the founding principals of delivering personalized education to learners all over the world.


The University was established in California on December 27, 1978 under the name of Southern California University for Professional Studies (SCUps) as a traditional correspondence school. The SCUps website hosted at www.scups.edu was discontinued in October 2007, when the University's web domain changed to www.calsouthern.edu.

In the 1980's the University received its initial approval to offer degree programs from the California State Department of Education. The following degrees were offered:
  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration (AABA)
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA)
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)

THE 1990's

The University quickly established itself as a pioneer in distance learning. During the 1990's, the University responded to the growing need for quality distance learning programs in the fields of Business, Psychology and Law. After consultation with its constituencies, the Board of Psychology and the California Committee of Bar Examiners the University expanded its degree offerings to include the following:
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (AACJ)
  • Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies (AAPS)
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies (AALS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ)
  • Bachelor of Science in Law (BSL)
  • Master of Science in Law (MSL)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)
  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
  • Master of Science in Management of Engineering and Technology (MS)
  • Doctor of Science in Management of Engineering and Technology (ScD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Management of Engineering and Technology (PhD)

THE 21st CENTURY

As technology advanced, the University incorporated these advancements to facilitate the delivery of educational services utilizing email and the internet. In January, 2006 we began our transition from correspondence to a completely online system. This new online platform was received with overwhelming commendations for ease of use, quicker response times, accessibility to other students, and easy access to online library resources.

In 2007, the University responded to another strong demand from students and industry leaders. They were requesting a degree designed for those interested in pursuing a strong theoretical foundation in psychology that can be applied to related fields such as sports psychology, pastoral counseling, life coaching, and trainers in business and industry.

The University added:
  • Master of Science in Psychology (MS)
Based on the University's commitment to provide high quality, market driven undergraduate and graduate degree programs to adult learners throughout the world using distance learning methodologies, the University opted to limit new enrollments to the following degree programs.
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies (AALS)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BACJ)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Law (MSL)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)
  • Master of Science in Psychology (MS)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

In June, 2007, the University applied for a change of name with the Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education from Southern California University for Professional Studies to California Southern University.

The launching of the new name, California Southern University (CalSouthern), embodied everything that SCUps has represented and has worked diligently to achieve since it's inception. When it comes to higher education, experience counts. The faculty provides students with hundreds of years of educational and professional experience and as the university evolves, one of CalSouthern's trademarks will be to continue a legacy of personalized attention and prompt service to its students.