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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.


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Summer 2020 Courses

Summer session courses offered through the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) can help you get ahead in your coursework and stay connected to your professors and the campus.. Take a class no matter where you are -- choose an online or on-campus course in three short sessions.

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Pop Culture

Certificate in Pop Culture

Enroll in our new pop culture certificate in fall 2020. Gain insights into the dense web of artistic, economic, social, and political forces that shape aesthetic practices, identity paradigms, and social life within and across contemporary global cultures. This certificate complements degree programs by uniquely broadening worldviews and enhancing skill sets in the 21st-century academic sphere, job market, and society.

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New Complex Human-Environment Systems (CHES) Center

In partnership with SDSU, the SDSU Research Foundation, and the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences (CUES) at Peking University (PKU), the new Complex Human-Environment Systems (CHES) Center aims to promote scholarship, education, and outreach in the area of computational human-environmental science. The new center, led by Professor of Geography Li An, Ph.D., builds the capacity of SDSU and PKU to become leading research universities in human-environmental science.

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Human Rights

Certificate in Human Rights

Begin taking classes now for the fall 2020 certificate in human rights. Students from any major will find this certificate enhances their credentials.  The certificate provides distinctive interdisciplinary training and knowledge in preparation for an ever-competitive job market, in which organizations in both the public and private sectors are increasingly concerned with the human rights impact of their activities.  

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Seth Mallios

Seth Mallios

Renée Westbrook

Renée Westbrook
Graduate Student,
MFA in Creative Writing

Ramona Perez

Ramona Pérez
Director, Center for

Latin American Studies

Ron Salisbury

Ron Salisbury
MFA in Creative Writing

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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 now.

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