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Welcome to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dean's Welcome

Dean Yan Searcy, 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.

Read the rest of Dean Searcy's Message.

Black History Month 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 1:00pm to Friday, February 26, 2021 - 9:00pm

Black History Month 2021 Calendar of  Events

Please join the Department of Africana Studies and other groups across campus as we celebrate our first Virtual Black History Month. Our theme this year CELEBRATE BLACK EXCELLENCE: RESILIENCY & CREATIVITY IN THE DIGITAL SPACE honors the legacy and future of the black community. See the complete schedule of events. Updated: 2/8/2021

Upcoming Events

Keith Morton Memorial Lecture with Rudy Ortega, Jr

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Rudy Ortega, Jr., Tribal President of the Fernandeño Tatavíam Band of Mission Indians

Please join the Anthropology Department for our Annual Keith Morton Memorial Lecture with Special Guest: Rudy Ortega, Jr., Tribal President of the Fernandeño Tatavíam Band of Mission Indians. His lecture will address the history language and culture of the Fernandeño Tatavíam Band of Mission Indians, the first people of the San Fernando Valley. Get more information and RSVP for this event.

An Alphabet of Eras That Define 2021: From the KKK, to Malcolm X, to LGBTQ, to CSUN – Barry Dank’s Story

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Dr. Barry Dank

Join us for an interactive conversation with Dr. Barry Dank, retired professor of sociology, as he shares a retrospective of his life growing up Jewish in the segregated South to meeting Malcom X, to being the first professor to offer classes on human sexuality, to his connections to CSUN and his views on the contemporary American landscape. Get more information and RSVP for this event.