Dean’s Welcome Message


As we navigate through these immensely challenging times, we are here to support you with highly engaging virtual classroom experiences, unique guest lectures, and virtual events while continuing to foster a high standard of substantive academic rigor.

Here in the College of Arts and Letters, your education in the liberal arts 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 discover a deeper understanding of yourself and your place in the world.

Now, more than ever, critical thinking, problem-solving, and a keen understanding of world cultures and peoples through ethnic and social justice studies, history, literatures, languages, gender studies, sustainability studies, political activism, and religious studies is paramount in empowering you to make a difference in our collective future — and, in your future.

Our diverse faculty members include recipients of Fulbright and Mellon postdoctoral fellowships, numerous winners of SDSU’s highest honor for teaching excellence, scholars recognized locally and nationally for distinguished contributions in their fields, and award-winning published poets and authors.

Faculty researchers engage with you in subjects of their expertise to include, among other specializations, COVID-19, primatology, election season politics, anthropology, border studies, geographies of food and water, sustainability, digital humanities, human rights, philosophy, anti-racist histories and strategies, trauma and historical memory, identities and inequalities, and even pop culture and comics.

Faculty will support you wherever you are — whether in your first virtual classroom, in a breakout discussion room, during a virtual office hour, or in offering a letter of recommendation for a scholarship, internship, or job. Our renowned and passionate faculty are ready to ensure that you receive the most educational value from your time, here, in the College of Arts and Letters, where we value quality teaching above all else.

As a proud First Gen graduate of a liberal arts college and new Dean of CAL, I am so pleased to welcome you as you enter this beautiful community of learners and scholars who will help you discover your future and achieve your dreams — empowering you with skills, knowledge and competency that will last a lifetime.

— Monica J. Casper, Dean, College of Arts and Letters