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.
Congratulations to this year's SRS Winners and Mentors from the College of Arts and Letters:
Zia Salim, doctoral student, Geography: Segregation, social networks, and mobility: Gated community residents in Bahrain, Mentor: Fernando Bosco, Winner: First Place, CAL Dean's Award and Scholars Without Borders/International Recognition
Estefania Castañeda Pérez, undergraduate student, Political Science: Post-9/11 Trans-Border Dynamics: Challenges and Opportunities for Daily Cross-Border Commuters, Mentor: Kristen Maher, Winner: Second Place, CAL Dean's Award and Scholars Without Borders/International Recognition
Kebba Manjang, undergraduate student, Africana Studies: The Power of Nommo: An Afrocentric Study of Spoken Word as a Link Between Black Nationalism and Early Hip Hop Culture in America, Mentor: Delores Fisher, Winner: Second Place, CAL Dean's Award
Linnea Zeiner, graduate student, History: African-American Quilts as Cultural Strategies within the Social System of Slavery in Antebellum Louisiana, Mentor: Eve Kornfeld, Winner: Second Place, CAL Dean's Award
The Political Science Department cordially invites you to join us as we honor the career and memory of Dr. Lou Terrell on Friday, April 11th at 4:00 pm on Hostler Terrace (west side of Storm Hall). Dr. Terrell was a Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Political Science Department. He passed away on January 3rd, after being struck by an Amtrak train while trying to save his beloved Labrador, Abe. This event is open to all SDSU Faculty/Staff and the public.
Interested in short term study abroad programs this summer? We have many different study abroad opportunities during Summer 2014 for students, including China, Cuba, Central Europe, Italy, Jamaica, Spain, and Turkey. Not only is it exciting to visit a new place, but studying abroad can also help students: gain new perspective on the world; increase their language skill; improve, learn, and refine decision-making and problem-solving skills; make new contacts and form lasting connections. Hurry the deadline to apply is March 15th. Learn more about study abroad opportunities offered through CAL.
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Imazeki, Professor of Economics, for being the 2013-2014 Senate Distinguished Professor. She will be honored on Wednesday, March 26th, at 11am, in Templo Mayor in The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Dr. Imazeki will be giving a lecture entitled: "The Dismal Science of Economics Education.” If you wish to attend the ceremony, please RSVP to Allison Bobrow, senate administrator at email@example.com by Tuesday, March 11. Read more about Jennifer Imazeki, by visiting her blog about teaching economics.
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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: