The mission of the CSUN Department of Social Work is to prepare professional social workers to promote the well being of individuals, families and communities in the urban setting. Our mission reflects both the universal values of social work “to promote the well being of individuals, families and communities” while reflecting the unique context of California State University Northridge—an urban setting in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County. We offer a unique approach to graduate level social work education because our program specializes in a single concentration: urban family practice. This focus offers students the opportunity to learn strategies for working in any urban environment at the micro (individual/family), mezzo (group/community) and macro (policy/societal) levels.
We are proud to introduce our relatively new program. We graduated our 7th class of 113 students in May 2013. We offer a 2-year and a 3-year program including offsite programs. On behalf of all of us, we thank you for visiting our website and welcome your comments and questions.
Mission Statement and Program Goals
The mission of California State University, Northridge, Department of Social Work, is to prepare professional social workers to promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities in the urban setting.
The Department will teach students research-based knowledge, values and skills to:
- Prevent social, emotional and behavioral problems; improve the well being of individuals and families; and support the recovery process.
- Develop programs and policies which build on the strengths of urban families.
- Empower and be relevant to the needs of the multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural San Fernando Valley and its surrounding communities.
- Advocate for a diverse and just society.
Inspired by one member’s personal struggle, a group of CSUN social work graduate students introduced a legislative bill to help mend the issue of juvenile solitary confinement.