San Diego State University College of Arts & Letters

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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.



Special Degrees[edit]

(Offered in conjunction with the College of Business Administration)

Degree Programs[edit]

The College of Arts & Letters includes several degree programs housed in 19 academic departments:

  • Africana Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Asian and Pacific Studies
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Classics
  • Comparative International Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Economics
  • English
  • European Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • International Security and Conflict Resolution
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric & Writing Studies
  • Russian
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sustainabilty
  • Urban Studies
  • 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.[1] Carol Rowell Council was the student co-founder along with Dr. Joyce Nower, a literature instructor.[1]

Special Programs[edit]

  • Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR)

Institutes/Research Centers[edit]

Special Facilities[edit]


The oldest university press in the California State University system, with noted specializations in Border Studies, Critical Theory, Latin American Studies, and Cultural Studies.
Academic journal

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