College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

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CSBS: Locally Engaged, Globally Prepared

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.

CSBS Dean Yan Searcy

A Message From Our Dean

Greetings CSBS,

We are here. Words like "emerging," "rising," or "increasing" signal potential energy. While the College continues movement forward in spite of a pandemic, I want to declare that we are here. Kinetic energy abounds at the outset of the new academic year for CSBS. We indeed are here and that here has multiple meanings.

CSBS greets Fall 2022 with the overwhelming number of classes meeting in person. We are dedicated to the best of the academic experience that combines classroom and lab instruction with the experiential learning. We are dedicated to building symbiotic relationships between faculty and students that result mutually inspirational pursuits of research, creative activity, and community service. This dedication also includes exploring online and virtual learning modalities that foster connectivity and facilitate knowledge transfer, retention, and application.

We are focused on student success, defined as supporting students to meet their identified academic goals as well as to prepare students for careers, entrepreneurship, graduate school, and to be civically engaged. Our supports range from advising to academic coaches who, like a personal trainer, assist with meeting learning goals. We also attend to the entire student by providing social and emotional supports.

We are changing the academic canon by embracing relevance and critical curiosity. We live our College motto of being "Locally Engaged, and Globally Prepared." Our students are presenting research at international and national conferences. Our students are studying abroad. They have traveled as part of the Model UN Program. They are studying in Washington D.C. as part of the CSUN in DC Program. They have internships with area agencies and industries. They are engaged in interdisciplinary research with the Autonomy Research Center for Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, Humanities, and Mathematics (ARCS).

It is CSBS faculty who connect students with these opportunities. Not only are they researchers and creatives, they are superior teachers and mentors. We value people here. Achievement and success are expectations.

I write this welcome accepting the wisdom of the elders to be present in the now. I write this welcome not as aspiration but as arrival. We are here. Welcome!


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Africana Studies

Learn about the African diaspora to celebrate and honor the Black experience. Raise your critical race consciousness and cultural literacy to challenge systemic racism and inequities. Use your knowledge to champion justice and equity.

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What makes us human? By studying anthropology, you'll understand how both biology and cultures shape our societies. Prepare for a career understanding and sharing human experiences.

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Criminology and Justice Studies

Develop an in-depth understanding of crime and justice through readings, research and experiential learning. You'll be prepared to analyze crime and fight for justice in your future career. 

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Geography and Environmental Studies

Learn about the natural and man-made geography around you. Analyze and share environmental data to shape the world and create a more safe and sustainable future for all.

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Understand the complex past to engage the world as an informed citizen. A degree in history will teach you to think critically and write persuasively.

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Political Science

Understand the relationship between a government and its citizens. Learn to analyze institutions and policies. With our classes and internships, you'll be prepared for careers in law, politics and more.

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Understand the human mind and behavior to improve the lives of people around you. Begin your journey toward an advanced degree in psychology.

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Social Work

Address social, political and systemic change through an intersectionality, power and privilege lens. Learn to empower communities and advocate for an equitable and socially just society.

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Study how people form groups and institutions which develop and change over time. With a Sociology major, you'll have the insight and research tools you need to address social problems and inequality.

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Sustainability (M.A. Program)

Issues surrounding sustainability impact every aspect of our lives. Become a sustainability professional who can implement practical strategies for businesses, energy resources, healthcare and your community.

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Urban Studies and Planning

Help make your community a more beautiful, healthy and equitable place. Learn the skills you need to solve problems in urban areas with the Urban Studies and Planning major.

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Master of Public Administration

Develop essential leadership skills for the public sector and learn about strategic management, public policy, government relations, budgeting, finance and more.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers the following Program options: African Studies Interdisciplinary Program, Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program, California Studies Interdisciplinary Program, Minor in Human Sexuality


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