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The College of Arts and Letters is central to liberal arts education at San Diego State University. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences that allow students to gain competencies required for professional careers, citizenship in global communities, and meaningful life-long learning. The liberal arts explore the dynamics of human experience, personal identity, cultural and cross-cultural expressions and practices through the study of history, economics, literatures, languages, religions, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, class and race, social and political actions, and philosophical understandings of human life and existence. Courses are taught from transnational and global perspectives and are informed by concerns for sustainable societies; that is, societies that promote social and economic justice, civic responsibility, and environmental resilience.

Students in the College of Arts and Letters learn skills in writing, critical thinking, communication, evidence-based reasoning and the use of technology, preparing them for careers in a variety of fields in public, private and nonprofit sectors. Students learn to think independently, participate in active inquiry, integrate multiple kinds of knowledge, solve problems creatively, and thereby fully engage the challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Erin RileyAnthropology Professors Featured in U-T article

Summer is generally a time for rest and relaxation for most of us; a chance to take a break from the busy semester. This is not the case for many of our faculty, who use their downtime from teaching to conduct research in sometimes exotic locations. In a recent U-T article, "Scientists set to roam the world, " three of our Anthropology professors were profiled. Dr. Matt Lauer will visit Mo’orea, west of Tahiti, to study coral reefs. Dr. Erin Riley will visit Sulawasi, Indonesia to study Macaque monkeys. Dr. Arion Mayes will travel to Oaxaca City, Mexico to study archaeological collections housed there. Read the article on the U-T website.


Commencement 2014

Congratulations to the 2013 graduates! College of Arts and Letter 2014 Commencement will be on Saturday, May 17th at 1:00 pm in Viejas Arena at the Aztec Bowl. Departments will also have individual ceremonies to acknowledge their graduates. Contact the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for more information at (619) 594-2333. View the complete list of Outstanding Graduating Seniors from CAL. Visit the official SDSU Commencement site.



Religious Studies Symposium

The Department of Religious Studies invites you to a free symposium on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. The symposium, In Praise of Wisdom: A Symposium on the Past, Present, and Future of Religious Studies, starts at 9am. It will bring together faculty, students, and alumni to examine the state of the academic study of religion. The event pays tribute and honors the contributions of former faculty, and features the scholarship of current faculty. Learn more about this event.

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In the Spotlight...

Douglas S. Bigham is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at San Diego State University.

He specializes in phonetics, the social-psychology of language, and queer linguistics.

This semester he is teaching LING 243: Invented Languages: Klingon & Beyond!

To learn more about this topic, watch his latest video on ConLangs: