Welcome to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
A pandemic, enduring systemic and systematic racism, caustic political effrontery, mass demonstrations, wildfires, unemployment, rampant homelessness and housing instability, and an increasingly fragile natural ecosystem is the wet woolen blanket that 2020 has wrapped around our heads and shoulders. Despite what the region, nation, and globe are experiencing, thankfully, CSUN is thriving. The College has higher enrollment than last year and we have more transfer students this year than in the past.
You chose us for good reason.
Money magazine ranked CSUN in the top 50 of all U.S. universities for education and value. U.S. News and World Report ranked CSUN in the top ten for best undergraduate teaching and in the top 25 for social mobility.
I do believe that people turn to those institutions where they find support and answers in times of stress and challenge. Despite being online and the announcement coming prior to the majority of other campuses, students chose us. It is within our College – Social and Behavioral Sciences where many turn for answers. We challenge assumptions here. We question here. We strive for better here. We do not only study and create, we contribute and act.
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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
As Election Day nears, CSUN political science professor Boris Ricks is concerned that the country will see some of the most concerted efforts of voter suppression since the 1960s. Read more
An international research team that includes California State University, Northridge anthropologist Hélène Rougier has determined the Y chromosome sequences of three Neandertals and two Denisovans, providing new insights into the relationships and population histories of archaic and modern humans. Read more
For Anthony Lawson, a junior at California State University, Northridge majoring in psychology, among the benefits of receiving one of the California State University’s top student honors, is the opportunity it presents to share his family’s story and to remind others that, regardless of the obstacles they face, they have the strength to persevere and succeed. Learn more about Anthony.
Please join the Department of Africana Studies in celebrating our 51st Anniversary and as we kick off Africana Studies Week 2020. The theme this year, Re-imagining the New: Preceding Encounters, Novel Antidotes, celebrates the sacrifices of those who fought for a Black Studies department, and those who continue to struggle and advocate for change, in new and innovative ways. See the Africana Studies Week Schedule of Events
Please join us for the Fall 2020 Bi-Annual Men of Color Enquiry & Student Research Oral-Poster Session. The theme for this semester's event is Roots of Resilience: The Renaissance of the Black Male with special guest, Marq Hawkins, also known as, DJ Cli-N-Tel. Get more information about this event.
Now in its 6th year, CSUN Fast Pitch is an "elevator pitch" competition where students have three minutes to pitch their startup idea to a panel of judges and audience. The competition is hosted annually by CSUN's Nazarian College and generously supported by the Marine Family. Read more
Please join us for the 5th Annual Black Youth Guidance Forum (BYGF). The theme for this year's event is COMMUNIVERSITY: Nurturing Healthy Societies During COVID and Beyond with keynote speaker Dr. Sabrina Sanders Get more information and register for this event.