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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.

Monica Casper

Dean’s Welcome Message

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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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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