Mission Statement


The mission of the Department of Social Work is to prepare professional social workers to be anti-oppressive, socially just agents of change who promote well-being in urban settings. As an advanced generalist program with a focus on urban communities, the department will teach and create collaborative learning experiences with students.


Urban settings describe communities with densely populated areas and a vast array of subcultures. Utilizing a lens that espouses an anti-racist, intersectional, trauma-informed, collaborative perspective, the department celebrates a strengths-based inclusive identity, emphasized by the shared experiences of community, culture and location.


The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Clubs and Societies

  • AAPI Social Work Collective
  • Black Social Work Caucus
  • CSUN Puede!
  • Male Minority Mentoring (M3)
  • Queer Coalition of Social Workers
  • Social Work Society

See the Master of Social Work Program’s Student Organizations page for more information.


Department of Social Work
Chair: Wendy Ashley
Sierra Hall (SH) 208
(818) 677-7630