About Arts & Letters

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences. Our programs explore the dynamics of human experiences, personal identities, cultural and cross-cultural expressions and practices, and philosophical beliefs regarding human life and existence. As a community of learners, students deepen their understanding of history and prehistory, literatures, languages, religions, gender, ethnicity, class and race, and social and political actions. Our faculty are highly qualified, recognized experts in their disciplines, who make excellence in teaching, as well as research their priority.


Day of Giving: Wednesday, Sept. 25

Here is your chance to come together as a community to positively impact SDSU CAL students and programs in order to build upon a tradition of excellence, and help to foster independent-minded, socially-responsible, and globally-aware citizens. 

Your gift, during this 24-hour online fundraising campaign, can help make a difference in the lives of students by enriching their college experiences both here and abroad.

Visit: sdsu.edu/dayofgiving

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The Impact of Giving to CAL

Generous donors to the College are featured in the annual philanthropy report, including supporters of the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies, Mundt Peace Fellowships, and the USS Midway Chair in Military History.

Read the impact report.

Language and Society

Language, Culture, & Society Major

Our new major Language, Culture, & Society will debut in fall 2020. This interdisciplinary major explores the relationship between language, social factors and culture. 

Learn more about the major.

Ron Shadbegian

Ron Shadbegian
Faculty in 

Bethany Shedrick

Bethany Shedrick
Alumna in
Africana Studies

Rosalva Alamillo

Rosalva Alamillo
Faculty in 
Spanish and Portuguese

Christian Martinez

Christian Martinez
Alumnus in Chicana/o Studies
and Political Science

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