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Explore 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.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion leads to our recognition of and responsibility for being part of a proud transborder, Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) located on the lands of the Kumeyaay Nation.

Summer Session

Dive Into Summer. Get Ahead. Graduate sooner.

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 an internship, a job, participation in a student organization next year, or other valuable experience. 

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Dean’s Welcome Message

Monica Casper

Here, in the College of Arts and Letters, your education in the liberal arts is our core value. Learning from our passionate faculty experts offers you a chance to consider some of the most profound questions facing humanity, including our very future on this planet; to solve some of society’s most pressing issues; and to discover a deeper understanding of yourself and your place in the world.

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CAL Insight News Magazine

A compendium of information about the College of Arts & Letters showcasing exceptional faculty, inspirational students and alumni, and compassionate donors who have contributed to the success of the college this year. 

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