Three graduates at Petco park in 2021

Arts & Letters By the Numbers

The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) is home to the humanities and social sciences at San Diego State University. It is the university's cornerstone college, providing the core liberal arts and writing courses required for SDSU's bachelor's degrees. With over 400 faculty members, CAL is the largest of the colleges at San Diego State University.

MAJORS/MINORS
82+

GRAD. PROGRAMS
25

ENROLLMENT
+4,440 (Fall 2021)

Fall 2021 Enrollment

Student Ethnicity

During the Fall 2021, out of 4,444 students enrolled in CAL programs:

  • 36.3% are Hispanic or Latino,
  • 32.7% are White, 
  • 6.5% are International,
  • 6.4% are Multiple Ethnicities,
  • 5.7% are African American,
  • 5.2% are Asian,
  • 3.1% are Filipino,
  • 0.5% are Native American,
  • 0.2% are Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and
  • 3.3% are other, did not state.

Source: Analytic Studies & Institutional Research

bar chart of fall enrollment for ethnicty

Student Ethnicity by Class Level

During the Fall 2021, out of 4,444 students enrolled in CAL programs:

  • Among Hispanic or Latino students: 36.3% are undergraduates and 30.7% are graduates.
  • Among White students: 32% are undergraduates and 37.6% are graduates. 
  • Among International students: 6.7% are undergraduates and 10.1% are graduates
  • Among Multiple Ethnicities students: 6% are undergraduates and 4.2% are graduates.
  • Among African American students: 5.7% are undergraduates and 3.6% are graduates.
  • Among Asian students: 5.2% are undergraduates and 5.3% are graduates.
  • Among Filipino students: 3.1% are undergraduates and 2.2% are graduates.
  • Among Native American students: 3.1% are undergraduates and 0.2% are graduates.
  • Among Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian students: 0% are undergraduates and 0.5% are graduates.
  • Among those other students, did not state: 0.2% are undergraduates and 5.1% are graduates.

Source: Analytic Studies & Institutional Research

bar chart for fall enrollment student level by ethnicty

Student Gender

During the Fall 2021, out of 4,444 students enrolled in CAL programs:

  • 57.9% are women,
  • 0.3% are nonbinary, and
  • 41.8% are men.

bar chart for fall enrollment student gender

Student Gender by Class Level

During the Fall 2021, out of 4,444 students enrolled in CAL programs:

  • 4.4% are freshmen men,
  • 0% are nonbinary freshmen,
  • 8.2% are freshmen women,
  • 3.3% are sophomores men,
  • 0% are nonbinary sophomores,
  • 6.1% are sophomore women, 
  • 13% are junior men,
  • 0.1% are junior nonbinary,
  • 17.7% are junior women,
  • 16% are senior men,
  • 0.1% are senior nonbinary, 
  • 19.7% are senior women,
  • 0% are post bacc. men,
  • 0% are post bacc. nonbinary,
  • 0.1% are post bacc. women,
  • 4.9% are master's student men,
  • 0.1% are master's students nonbinary,
  • 5.8% are master's students women,
  • 0.2% are doctoral students men,
  • 0% are doctoral students nonbinary, and
  • 0.2% are doctoral students women.

Source: Analytic Studies & Institutional Research

bar chart for fall enrollment student level by gender

Student Major or Program by Class Level

Major/Program Undergraduate Graduate Total
Afro-American Studies 49 - 49
American Indian Studies 17 - 17
Anthropology 118 31 149
Asian Studies 17 - 17
Big Data Analytics - 58 58
Chicana and Chicano Studies 45 - 45
Classics 3 - 3
Comparative International Studies 46 - 46
Comparative Literature 16 - 16
Creative Writing - 71 71
Economics 504 28 532
English 351 29 380
European Studies 2 - 2
French 12 5 17
Geography 104 44 148
German 6 - 6
History 250 40 290
Humanities 26 - 26
International Business 406 - 406
International Security and Conflict Resolution 131 - 131
Islamic & Arabic Studies 9 - 9
Japanese 25 - 25
Language, Culture, and Society 13 - 13
Latin American Studies 8 7 15
LGBTQ+ Studies 9 - 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences - 27 27
Linguistics 79 27 106
Modern Jewish Studies 3 - 3
Philosophy 103 22 125
Political Science 564 26 590
Religious Studies 20 - 20
Rhetoric and Writing Studies 28 15 43
Russian 1 - 1
Russian and East European Studies 1 - 1
Social Science 121 - 121
Sociology 438 27 465
Spanish 136 25 161
Sustainability 188 - 188
Urban Studies 57 - 57
Womens Studies 39 17 56
Total 3,945 499 4,444

 

BACHELOR DEGREES
1,200+

GRAD. DEGREES
155+

STUDENTS TAUGHT
94,000+

Degrees Awarded 2020-2021

Student Ethnicity

Out of 1,371 degrees awarded by CAL in 2020-2021:

  • 9.8% were International,
  • 4.6% were other, did not state,
  • 33.8% were White, 
  • 5.4% were Multiple Ethnicities, Non-Hispanic,
  • 3.4% were Filipino,
  • 0.1% were Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian,
  • 1.2% were SE Asian,
  • 2.8% were Asian,
  • 5.8% were Other Hispanic, Latino,
  • 28.7% were Mexican American
  • 4.0% were African American, and
  • 0.3% were Native American.

Source: Analytic Studies & Institutional Research

bar chart for 2020-2021 degrees by ethnicity

Student Gender

Out of 1,371 degrees awarded by CAL in 2020-2021:

  • 53.9% were women,
  • 0.2% were nonbinary, and
  • 45.9% were men.

Source: Analytic Studies & Institutional Research

bar chart for 2020-2021 degrees by gender

Degree Type by Class Level

Major Undergraduate Graduate Total
Afro-American Studies 7 - 7
American Indian Studies 1 - 1
Anthropology 50 2 52
Asian Studies 3 - 3
Big Data Analytics - 10 10
Chicana and Chicano Studies 6 - 6
Classics 4 - 4
Comparative Literature 6   6
Comparative International Studies 8 - 8
Creative Writing - 15 15
Economics 233 19 252
English 75 17 92
French 5 0 5
Geography 32 12 44
German 2 - 2
History 59 16 75
Humanities 5 - 5
International Business 135 - 135
International Security and Conflict Resolution 61 - 61
Islamic & Arabic Studies 1 - 1
Japanese 6 - 6
Language, Culture, and Society 2 - 2
Latin American Studies 5 1 6
LGBTQ+ Studies 1 - 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences - 9 9
Linguistics 19 13 32
Modern Jewish Studies 1 - 1
Philosophy 16 3 19
Political Science 144 7 151
Religious Studies 8 - 8
Rhetoric and Writing Studies 3 9 12
Russian 1 - 1
Social Science 48 - 48
Sociology 128 8 136
Spanish 34 9 43
Sustainability 77 - 77
Urban Studies 12 - 12
Womens Studies 15 8 23
Total 1,213 158 1,371