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.


USS Midway Foundation and SDSU Announce Partnership and Creation of New Endowed Chair in Modern U.S. Military History

San Diego State University will soon be the only public university on the West Coast with an interdisciplinary program in modern U.S. military history. Announced during a presentation aboard the USS Midway on Tuesday, June 11, the USS Midway Foundation has made a $3 million, five-year pledge to create and fund an endowed chair in modern U.S. military history at SDSU.

Midway’s board of directors unanimously approved its foundation gift during a meeting on Thursday, June 6, 2019. The USS Midway Chair gift is the single largest gift received by the university’s College of Arts and Letters. The endowed chair will sit in the college’s Department of History.

Learn more about the partnership.

 Academic Programs

CAL Insight Magazine Cover Spring 2019

CAL Insight Magazine

We are pleased to announce the debut edition of CAL Insight — a magazine from the College of Arts & Letters. This new magazine, published twice a year,  highlights the stories of the people within our academic community. It offers insight into the breadth of activities and achievements that have impact locally, nationally, and internationally.

Read CAL Insight now, it may give you a new perspective.

CAL Summer Courses

CAL Courses for Summer 2019

San Diego State University summer courses can help you get ahead in your coursework and stay connected to your professors and the campus over the summer. Taking just one summer session course can put you on track to graduate on time or leave room in your schedule for a valuable internship, study abroad experience, or participation in a student organization next year.

Learn more about our courses offered this summer

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Ashley McMichael
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Kate Swanson

Kate Swanson
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Latrel Powell

Latrel Powell
Double Major in Africana Studies and Political Science

Chris Baron

Chris Baron
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MFA, Creative Writing

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