The College of Arts & Letters is proud to be one of the largest colleges at San Diego State University, with more than 18 departments, 40+ majors and more than 3,500 students. We appreciate donors whose support enables us to continue the important work of our dedicated faculty and staff to enrich the educational experience of our diverse and exceptional student body. Our alumni are represented by teachers, civic and business leaders, authors, economists, journalists, administrators, and many other challenging and fulfilling professions all around the world.
Your gift supports SDSU’s vital liberal arts education that prepares today’s students for success in our rapidly changing world. Now more than ever, philanthropy ensures the College of Arts & Letters remains strong in uncertain times and will help jumpstart momentum when we return to traditional learning formats.
Reasons to give back
(1) Support the mission of the College of Arts & Letters at SDSU — Empowering Students to Make a Difference in the World.
Importance of today’s liberal arts degree:
- “By investing in liberal arts graduates, we gain people with human-centered skills who can approach problems in entirely new ways, contributing to out-of-the-box thinking in a digital age. Liberal arts graduates bring a depth and breadth of knowledge from across the humanities and social sciences that complement the hard skills of engineers and data scientists.” – CNBC
- “Studying liberal arts helps develop a strong sense of social responsibility as well as transferable intellectual and practical skills, such as communication, analytical, and problem-solving abilities, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.” – Coalition for College
- “A liberal arts degree enables students to see beyond one perspective, encouraging them to understand others’ even if they don’t agree. It instructs us to base our opinions on reason, not emotion.” – Forbes
- “Liberal education in America today can be pragmatic, empowering students with potent ways of dealing with the issues they will face at work and in life. That’s why it must be broad and contextual, inspiring habits of attention and critique that will be resources for students years after graduation.” – Apple News
Value of liberal arts degree:
- Economic gains (Inside Higher Ed)
- Unexpected value (The Atlantic)
- Value more than most know (The Hill)
- More important than ever (Forbes)
- How it can help your career (Inc.)
- Liberal arts degree is alive and well (Forbes)
- Why Social Science? (COSSA)
(2) Appreciate your own opportunities due to the college experience – express gratitude and “pay it forward.”
(3) Make a difference – by leaving an impact through philanthropy, you will inspire others to give back.
(4) Invest in our regional community through support of public higher education for a broader population.
(5) Expand access to higher education for diverse audiences.
(6) Provide faculty with much-needed resources for professional development, research, travel.
(7) Increase the quality of student programming through your philanthropy.