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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

Dean’s Welcome Message

As we navigate through these immensely challenging times, we are here to support you with highly engaging virtual classroom experiences, unique guest lectures, and virtual events while continuing to foster a high standard of substantive academic rigor.

Here in the College of Arts and Letters, your education in the liberal arts 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 discover a deeper understanding of yourself and your place in the world.

Read Dean Casper's full message.

A Statement of Solidarity with our Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American communities

SDSU’s College of Arts and Letters stands in solidarity with our Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American communities. In light of recent horrific national violence, we reaffirm our commitment to support and denounce racism against this community.

Read our full statement of support.

Summer Session

Summer Session

Summer courses offered through CAL can help you get ahead in your coursework and stay connected to the campus.  Taking just one course can put you on track to graduate on time or leave room in your schedule for a valuable internship or international experience next year.  

Learn more about summer classes offered.

A Statement of Solidarity with our Black communities

The College of Arts and Letters stands in solidarity with our Black communities. We denounce racism in any form and violence against Black people, and we stand firm in our belief that Black lives matter.  As a community of university faculty and staff, it is our duty to actively support and advocate for solutions to systemic racism across our nation, the world, and our campus.

Read our full statement of support.

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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. Learn more about the people who make CAL an exceptional liberal arts college.
Read CAL Insight.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

San Diego State University is following the guidelines of county, state and federal public health officials and other authorities as it continues its academic and research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit the university’s COVID-19 site.

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