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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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CAL Welcomes New Faculty

As the Fall semester is fast approaching, the College of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce the addition of nine new tenure-track hires to our faculty. We would like to welcome our newest faculty members in Classics and Humanities, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Religious Studies, Rhetoric and Writing, Sociology and Spanish and Portuguese. The new arrivals bring records of excellence in both teaching and research and will be a tremendous asset to our students. These talented scholars will start in the upcoming 2014/2015 academic year. Learn more about our newest faculty members.

U.S. Department of State's Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program is bigger and better than ever! This year for the first time, there are 323 projects from 11 agencies to choose from. There is something for everyone and every skillset. Students can apply July2- July 22. Selected eInterns spend 10 hours per week contributing to projects for an office or section from September 2014 through April 2015. eInterns play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, journalism, trade, environment, health, and agriculture initiatives. Learn more about this program.


Faculty Monty Awards

The San Diego State University Alumni Association recently announced the Awards for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the university, more commonly known as the Montys. Each year, the group honors one outstanding faculty member from each of the university's colleges. The awardees will be recognized at the All-University Convocation in August 2014. Congratulations to Esther Rothblum, for receiving this year's Monty for the College of Arts and Letters. Esther is currently a professor and advisor in Women Studies and LGBT Studies. Read more about this award.


Upcoming Fulbright Sessions

Interesting in applying for a student Fulbright grant? Learn more by attending one of the summer information sessions that will be held on: July 22, August 7, August 12, and August 20. All sessions will be from 3:00-4:15 in Storm Hall 123. Students can register to attend an information session at While the application deadline is a few months away, it is important for students to start their applications now, as the application process is quite lengthy. SDSU applications will be due September 23, 2014 for grants for 2015-16. Learn more by visiting the SDSU Fulbright page.

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Dr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes is a professor of Economics at San Diego State University.

She was the 2013-2014 recipient of the Garcia-Robles Border Fulbright and is currently the President-elect of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE).

Her areas of interest include international migration, remittances and, more broadly, labor economics. Her current research examines the impact that state and local level immigration policy is having on the employment, education, fertility and human rights of undocumented immigrants.

Learn more about Dr. Amuedo-Dorantes