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College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences

Understanding the World, Improving Your Community

The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) offers an exciting variety of degrees and programs that make up the core of a liberal arts education at CSUSM. Students in CHABSS courses master skills and technologies essential for professional success in a 21st century interdependent global society.

Let CHABSS help you Understand the World and Improve Your Community.

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CHABSS Latin Honors

Congratulations to CHABSS graduating students who earned Latin Honors

Learn more about these students and view their graduate profiles and tributes


CSUSM Names Dean for CHABSS

CHABSS incoming Dean, Liora Gubkin

Cal State San Marcos has announced the appointment of Dr. Liora Gubkin as the next dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences.  

Dr. Gubkin will start in her position on July 11. She will take over from Dr. Elizabeth Matthews, who has served as interim dean since August 2019.  

CHABSS Breaks Fundraising Record and Celebrates 10 Years

CHABSS 10-year anniversary logo
This academic year, CHABSS has hit two significant milestones. The college set a fundraising record during the university's annual Giving Day, and it celebrates its tenth year as an academic leader on campus. Read more...


Congratulations to the 2022 CHABSS Dean's Award Winners! 
Read more about their accomplishments


Krystal Alvarez-Hernandez

2022 CSUSM President's Outstanding Graduate & CHABSS Dean's Outstanding Student
Krystal Alvarez-Hernandez

Psychological Science major

Samuel Witt

CHABSS Community Champion
Samuel Witt

Political Science major, History minor

Shelby Rossman

CHABSS Champion for Scholarship & Creative Activities
Shelby Rossman

Art, Media, and Design major

Gabriel Castellanos

CHABSS Champion for Inclusive Excellence
Gabriel Castellanos

Child & Adolescent Development major, Communication minor


Thumbnail: Student's Perseverance, Courage Lead to PFLAG Award
June 27, 2022
Cal State San Marcos will have a contingency of students and support staff walking in July’s San Diego Pride Parade for the first time sin...
Thumbnail: Sacramento Internship Experience Inspires Students
June 9, 2022
Mariah Wade was only 15 years old when the injuries from a traumatic car accident changed her pathway to her college decis...
Thumbnail: History Student's Work on American Indians in Film Nets Research Award
May 16, 2022
A history major without much interest in American history, Katelyn Peterson decided to tap into her love of old Western films when taking ...
Thumbnail: With Daughters as Inspiration, Criminology Student Overcomes Struggles
May 13, 2022
When Nicole Nutt was expelled as a high school freshman, she spent her time continuing to do the things that got her kicked out in t...

CHABSS in the News

CHABSS Faculty Scholarship & Creative Work

CHABSS Professors who are GEMs

(Going the Extra Mile)

CHABSS began an initiative where we’ve asked students to write in and tell us how their professors are “Going the Extra Mile” (GEM) for their students – it’s completely voluntary to write in. We then share the kudos with the professor and our social media audiences. In these difficult times, it’s nice to spread some positivity around and remind ourselves of the good. If you have a professor who's a GEM, please fill out our form and let us know!


Here for You
CHABSS Stands With You

Our communities have been feeling the anxiety and frustration of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for months. Now the nation is reminded once again of the national shame that our communities of color live with– the inescapable injustice, inequality, and violence that so many experience every day. Read more...