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.

Language and Society

Language, Culture, and Society Major

Our new major Language, Culture, and Society will debut in fall 2020 (but students can begin taking classes now). This interdisciplinary major explores the relationship between language, social factors and culture, multilingualism, language variation, and theories about how language is shaped by, and in turn shapes, our understandings about the world, social relations, identities, and power. 

Learn more about the major

Ashley McMichael

Ashley McMichael
Major in 
ISCOR

Catherine Clune-Taylor

Catherine Clune-Taylor
Faculty in
Women's Studies

Victor Beck

Victor Beck
Major in
Political Science

Christian Martinez

Christian Martinez
Alumni in Chicana/o Studies
and Political Science

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