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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

For over 40 years, the CBSS has offered distinctive, Christ-centered programs that prepare students to be the difference in the lives of the individuals and communities they serve.

Students rank faculty as exceptional in providing a Christ-centered education that aligns with biblical teachings and embed the Christian worldview within their coursework and equips students to serve others with compassion. 

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences prepares students for a career of service to others.  Each year, CBSS students complete over 200,000 hours of service with over 220 agencies throughout Southern California.


About Us

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS) offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the behavioral sciences. It is one of the oldest and largest colleges within CBU. In addition to its rich historical foundations and current strength in student enrollment, the CBSS is well known for its variety of program offerings, research and scholarship, practicum and training sites and service to the community. The Center for the Study of Human Behavior, the only facility of this kind at CBU, serves as an integral student and faculty research and training center.

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Dr. Gustafson

Through academic and community engagement, rigorous research agendas and excellence in teaching and learning, the CBSS seeks to bring hope and healing to our world. Alums of the CBSS are well educated and trained in the classroom and in practical settings; but, more importantly, they are equipped to serve with excellence, compassion and love in their respective settings. I invite you to learn more about the CBSS and find community here at CBU!

Jacqueline Gustafson, Ed.D.
Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS)

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Preparing Students for Career in Service to Others

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is the premier college to receive the education, training, network, and mentorship necessary to live your purpose and be the difference in your neighborhood and throughout the world. We are a diverse community united in a deep commitment to our Christian faith and excellence in our professional fields.  If you feel called to be a change maker and want to bring hope, healing and restoration to those who are suffering, this is the college for the you.

Why the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences?

World-Class Faculty and Christ-Centered Instruction: Our faculty are thought leaders in their respective industries and bring real-world experience directly to the classroom. Student Focused: As one of the largest and oldest colleges at CBU, we are home to thousands of students who are pursuing their purpose to bring healing and hope to communities in need. Real-life Experience and Career Preparation through Accredited Programs: Students put their passion into action by practicing the skills they have learned through community partnerships and organizations to utilize in their future careers. Premier Centers and Clinical Training: We offer three premier centers and a community clinic— the Center for Community Engagement and Social Innovation, the Center for the Study of Human Behavior, The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology and Psychological Services of Riverside.Intentional Community Partnerships: We intentionally connect our students to local organizations and clinical services to utilize the skills learned in the classroom. Extraordinary Campus Life: Life on campus at CBU is second to none and provides a nurturing community filled with students  pursuing their passions through a Christ-centered education alongside supportive faculty/student relationships. 


California Baptist University (CBU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

Study with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Join CBU's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in bringing hope and healing to our world. Learn more about the CBSS and its programs, and find community here at CBU!