The newly constructed Arts & Letters building opened on August 28, 2006
San Diego State University, College of Arts & Letters
The College of Arts and Letters provides liberal arts education at San Diego State University (SDSU). Its programs in the humanities and social sciences are offered through nineteen (19) academic departments and a number of interdisciplinary programs, each of which is designed to help students understand their role in society and to develop aesthetic sensibilities. With three hundred (300) permanent faculty and many associated lecturers, the College is the largest of the seven (7) colleges and is responsible for over one-third (1/3) of the instruction at the SDSU. Because the College occupies an important role in General Education, virtually all SDSU students take courses offered by the College.
Women's Studies - The first Women's Studies Program in the United States was established on May 21, 1970 at SDSU after a year of intense organizing of women's consciousness raising groups, rallies, petition circulating, and operating unofficial or experimental classes and presentations before seven committees and assemblies.Carol Rowell Council was the student co-founder along with Dr. Joyce Nower, a literature instructor.