College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

BSS Department Advising Directory

Welcome to the BSS Department Advising Directory. Here you can find advisor contact information for each department within the college.

In the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS), advising structure is dependent upon your major, minor, or certificate. Navigate to your major and/or minor/certificate(s) below to learn more about advising in your program(s).

If you need advising assistance, faculty, staff,and advising interns in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences are available to provide advising and support via phone, email, in person or Zoom appointment. For general inquiries about the college, please email BSS@csuchico.edu.

Anthropology

In Anthropology, the department chair manages the majority of the advising. If you are obtaining a certificate you may have a specific advisor for your certificate as well. The College of BSS Student Success Team also advises Anthropology majors and minors. See below for advisor contact information

Department Chair:Colleen Milligan

Department Office: Butte 311B

For major advising please email one of the following faculty advisors:

Schedule an Anthropology Major Advising Appointment - First-year and sophomoreonly

Schedule an Anthropology Minor Advising Appointment 

Child Development

Child Development majors meet with their staff advisor, Cheryl Lugo, during their first and second years. Upon enrolling in CHLD 353, they switch to meeting with the chair, Dr. Shepherd, to plan for graduation and beyond. Child Development minors meet with our advising intern. See below for advisor contact information. 

Department Chair:Diana Shepherd

Department Office: Modoc 216

For major advising please see one of the following advisors:

  • Cheryl Lugo (First-year and Sophomore Child Development Majors)
  • Diana Shepherd (Junior and Senior Child Development Majors)
  • Alondra Cortes-Suarez – advising intern (Child Development Minors)

Schedule a Child Development Advising Appointment 

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is a major within the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice students have several advisorsThe College of BSS Student Success Team also meets with Criminal Justice majors and minors. See below for advisor contact information.

Department Chair:Mahalley Allen

Department Office: Butte 741

For major and minor advising please see one of the following faculty advisors:

For major and minor advising, please see one of the following graduate students:

Schedule a Criminal Justice Advising Appointment with Taylor Lambrigger 

Economics

In Economics most advising is done by the chair, especially for juniors and seniors. First year and sophomore Economics majors and minors also meet with the College of BSS Success Team.  
 
Department Chair:Pete Tsournos 

Department Office: Butte 603

For major advising please see one of the following faculty advisors:

Schedule an Economics Advising Appointment – Dr. Tsournos 
Schedule an Economics Advising Appointment – First year and sophomores only

Geography

In the Geography and Planning Department, most advising is done by the department chair. Other advisors who support the chair and their specialties are listed below.  

Department Chair:LaDona Knigge 

Department Office: Butte 507 

For major advising please see one of the following faculty advisors: 

  • Scott Brady: Human Geography and Planning 
  • LaDona Knigge: General and New Student Advising, Human Geography and Planning, Certificate in Geospatial Technology & Environmental Studies Minor 
  • Dean Fairbanks: General and New Student Advising & Physical & Environmental Geography  
  • Nori Sato: Physical and Environmental Geography
  • Don Hankins: Physical and Environmental Geography
  • Mark Stemen: Environmental Studies Minor
  • Naomi Lazarus: Certificate in Geospatial Technology & Physical and Environmental Geography 
Health Services Administration

Health Services Administration is a major within the department of Public Health and Health Services Administration. All Health Services Administration majors meet with Dr. Stan Salinas. See below for advisor contact information.  

Department Chair:Holly Nevarez 

Department Office: Butte 607 

For major advising please see the following faculty advisors: 

Intersectional Chicanx / Latinx Studies
  • Intersectional Chicanx/Latinx Studies is a major within the department of Multicultural and Gender Studies. Intersectional Chicanx/Latinx majors advisor contact information below.   

    Department Chair:Susan Green 

    Department Office: Meriam Library 171 

    For major advising please see one of the following faculty advisors: 

International Relations

International Relations is a major within the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. International Relations majors and minors meet with Dr. Wilking, their faculty advisor. See below for Dr. Wilking’s contact information.  

Department Chair:Mahalley Allen 

Department Office: Butte 741 

For major advising please see one of the following faculty advisors: 

Multicultural and Gender Studies

Multicultural and Gender Studies majors and minors have several faculty advisors. See below for advisor contact information.  

Department Chair: Susan Green 

Department Office: Meriam Library 171 

For major advising please see one of the following faculty advisors: 

Political Science

Political Science is a major in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. The Political Science major has specific advisors based on your option. See below for advisor contact information. 

Department Chair:Mahalley Allen 

Department Office: Butte 741 

For major advising please see one of the following faculty advisors: 

Schedule a Legal Studies Academic Advising Appointment.  

Political Science:

U.S. Politics/General Political Science majors and minors, please meet with your faculty advisor: Dr. Diana Dwyre

Public Administration

Public Administration is a major within the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Dr. Paul Viotti is the advisor for all Public Administration majors and minors. See below for contact information.  

 Department Chair:Mahalley Allen 

Department Office: Butte 741 

Public Administration majors and minors meet with Dr. Paul Viotti, their faculty advisor. See below for Dr. Viotti’s information: 

Public Health / Health Education

Public Health is a major within the Department of Public Health and Health Services Administration. Your faculty advisor will depend on your last name, see below for advisor contact information.  

Department Chair:Holly Nevarez 
 
Department Office: Butte 607 

For major advising please see one of the following faculty advisors: 

Schedule a Public Health and Health Education Advising Appointment 

Psychology

Psychology majors and minors have several advisors, see below for advisor contact information.  

Department Chair:Linda Kline 

Department Office: Modoc 215 

For major advising please see one of the following advisors:

  • Alondra Cortez Suarez – Advising Intern (PSYC 1st years and sophomores only) 

Schedule a Psychology Advising Appointment 

Social Science

Social Science students see the chair or an advising intern for their advising needs. See below for your advisors contact information.  

Department Chair:Dianna Flannery 

Department Office: Butte 611 

For major advising please see one of the following advisors: 

Schedule a Social Science Advising Appointment 

Social Work

Department Chair: Susan Roll

Department Office: Butte 511

For major advising please see one of the following advisors:

BSW Program

BSW & MSW Distributed Learning Programs

MSW Program

  • Chelsea Cornell, MSW(opens in new window), Title IV–E Child Welfare Training Project Coordinator, MSW Program Director: Advises undergraduates considering the social work major or completing the major and MSW students
  • Meka Klungtvet-Morano, MSW(opens in new window), Title IV–E Child Welfare Training Project Coordinator, MSW Program Director: Advises undergraduates considering the social work major or completing the major and MSW students

Students must apply to the social work program. Once admitted, students will be assigned a major advisor.

Sociology

Sociology students meet with several advisors depending on their year and what program they are pursuing. See below for advisor contact information.  

Department Chair:  Liahna Gordon 

Department Office: Butte 631

For major advising please see one of the following advisors: 

Schedule a Sociology Advising Appointment All Online Degree Students - select Lauren or Michell  
Schedule a Sociology Advising Appointment On Campus Degree Juniors and Seniors – select Dr. Hidalgo