The mission of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is to provide a high quality undergraduate and graduate education to a globally dispersed student body of adult learners using distance learning methodologies.

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is committed to providing programs that develop innovative, principled, insightful leaders and cultivating an environment of academic integrity while stimulating intellectual curiosity through a respectful exchange of ideas between its Faculty Mentors and its learners.

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Ellie Shefi

Dean Profile

Ellie D. Shefi, JD, Esq.

Dr. Ellie D. Shefi is an attorney in good standing who received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a Teaching Assistant in the Legal Practice Program and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Law Reform. Dr. Shefi has been a practicing attorney with the United States Judiciary for almost two decades and also brings with her nearly 25 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, manager, and speaker.

Faculty Mentors

The faculty mentors in CalSouthern’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice are experienced and skilled professionals from a wide variety of law enforcement and criminal justice backgrounds. As dedicated, responsive, and highly qualified educators, the faculty mentors are available to support your learning and mastery of the course content. They will help you apply the concepts you learn to resolve challenges commonly faced in today’s increasingly complex and ever-evolving criminal justice landscape. They will also teach you current best practices so that you are equipped to solve contemporary, real world issues.

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At CalSouthern, you are not alone. The University has very competent mentors that are readily available, quite helpful, and very supportive for online learners like us. In the same way, the University’s academic support team is equally available whenever help is needed, and our dean has personally demonstrated to me a commitment to help you succeed.

– Omari Gekombe

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Accreditation & Approvals


California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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