Mbcdc471ab72308af03879d29d5806851.jpgOn behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). This School features 7 programs: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Early Childhood Education, History, Political Science, Pscychology, and Sociology.

The faculty who teach within this School are dedicated sociologists, educators, psychologists, anthropologists, political scientists, communications specialists, and educators. They serve as club advisors, academic coaches, mentors and advisors to transfer and major students. Each individual is active in personal and professional development and community service. Our faculty serve on the boards of nonprofits and as officers in discipline-specific societies. More biographical information can be found on their department WebPages. 

In addition to pursuing their studies within the classroom, students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities and clubs including the Anthropology Club, Muslim Club, Communication Studies Club, Progressive Student Alliance Club, Psychology Club, Political Science Club, Model United Nations, the award-wining Forensics program, Sociology Club, History Club, and many discipline-specific honors societies.


College of the Canyons is a wonderful place to begin, continue or enhance your academic journey. Your studies will be guided by enthusiastic, experienced educators who are passionate about their subjects and care about the academic success of their students. These faculty will encourage you to grow, explore and achieve your educational goals.


I enthusiastically encourage you to come to our campus and explore the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I hope that you will contact me with any future questions.

Paul Wickline, Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

paul.wickline@canyons.edu​; 661-362-3152

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About the Dean:

Paul Wickline currently serves as the dean overseeing the School of Social and Behavioral Science which includes the departments of Anthropology, Communication Studies, Early Childhood Education, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology comprised of more than 30 full-time and 200 part-time faculty. He served as the interim dean from 2015-2017. 

He served as the department chair and producer of the theatre program at College of the Canyons from 2008-2015 and the outcomes assessment coordinator from 2010-2015. Wickline also served as the president of the Academic Senate in 2014-15 and the Vice President from 2012-2014. Previously he served as the Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Community College theatre program (2003-2007). From 1991-2003 he was an English, speech and drama teacher at Walla Walla High School and directed the schools theatre program. In 2003 he received the Walla Walla Public Schools Excellence in Teaching grant.

Paul currently serves on the “Creative Expression” team as part of the Interstate Passport Project, an American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) initiative and was selected in 2015 as a faculty fellow for the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives project. 

Wickline began his college education as a student of the Community College system. He was a student at Edmonds Community College where he was active in the music program, including a year as a member of the select Soundation Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He received his BA in Education with endorsements in Theatre and English from Western Washington University and an M.Ed (Master Teacher in Theatre) from Central Washington University. In 2013 he completed the Certificate in Community College Professional Leadership at Claremont Graduate University.​