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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

Save the Date, Dean's Lecture Series, Match 3, 2022, Annette Gordon-Reed, J.D.

Dean’s Welcome Message

On August 3, 2021, I celebrated my first anniversary as dean of the College of Arts and Letters (CAL). And, though this past year has been challenging – I, like many, worked almost entirely virtually – there is no place I’d rather be than SDSU. I have learned so much about our community this past year: CAL’s rich intellectual diversity, our commitment to social justice and equity, our impactful research across numerous fields in the humanities and social sciences, and our unparalleled commitment to life-changing pedagogy.

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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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