Welcome to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The CSBS College motto is “Locally Engaged, Globally Prepared.” This is reflected in all we do ranging from faculty to students. We are the home of educators who are committed to decreasing the distance between communities and campus. Our faculty connect to communities through applied research, internships, and clinics and as a result of engagement with faculty-led initiatives, students are prepared to contribute to solving global problems and competing in global markets.
It is truly an honor to represent CSUN and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS). CSUN and CSBS represent the best of higher education. We focus on student engagement, applied research, connecting communities to the campus and the campus to communities. We value people. We include. We have high expectations for achievement.
These are neither empty expectations nor merely those concerned with the academic. The solutions to social problems are found in our college. We turn to history to learn from ancient societies to recent movements to inform our pursuit elevating our society. Faculty are working with students to address justice issues, urban problems, governmental challenges, human development, and sustainability, and we are updating the curriculum to reflect additions to current knowledge. We can actually say that we are writing the books that are updating the educational cannon for the disciplines in CSBS. In Fall 2022 CSUN welcomes it first cohort of students to the Master of Arts in Sustainability program. This new discipline creates a baseline of learning that allows graduates to work across communities and industries.
We are equipping students with the tools for achievement to successfully address social problems. Scholars in the College are preparing the next generation of educators, researchers, and leaders.
Hip-hop journalist, radio personality and show producer Skyy Hook will offer an inside look at the music, culture and generational disconnect in the world of hip-hop as a visiting scholar during the Spring 2021 semester in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology Department. Learning more about visiting scholar, Skyy Hook.
Every summer, Dr. Alejandra Acuña, an Associate Professor in the CSBS Department of Social Work, volunteers to help Public Counsel and the advocacy group Human Rights First. Acuña provides psychological evaluations which are typically used in asylum hearings. However, in this case, Dr. Acuña’s evaluation of a mother, seeking asylum from Guatemala, had a ripple effect — impacting the lives of thousands of migrant families by serving as key evidence in a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the federal government. Continue reading about Dr. Acuña and her volunteer work on this case.
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, has bestowed Dr. Gabriela Chavira, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, the Outstanding College/University Mentor Award. This award is given to a nominee who has a demonstrated record of encouraging historically underrepresented minority undergraduate students to pursue advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or related fields. Read more