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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.





Kodie Gerritsen
CSUSM President's Outstanding Student &
CHABSS Dean's Outstanding Student

Kodie Gerritsen

Addalee 'Addy' Lyon
CHABSS Community Champion
Addalee 'Addy' Lyon

Ashley Mota Ortega
CHABSS Champion for Scholarship & Creative Works
Ashley Mota Ortega

Ashley Mota Ortega
CHABSS Champion for Scholarship & Creative Works
Rachael Groeneweg

Faith Garcia
CHABSS Champion for Inclusive Excellence
Faith Garcia



Thumbnail: First Cluster Hire Expands Diversity of Faculty
October 19, 2021
The Cal State San Marcos faculty has grown more diverse this semester. A new program at the university helped make it that way and wi...
Thumbnail: Awards and Accolades: Six Professors Receive CSUPERB Grants
October 15, 2021
Six CSUSM biology professors are among 78 CSU faculty members who received
Thumbnail: Dang Kicks off (Re) Sounding Visions Series
October 12, 2021
The fall 2021 (Re) Sounding Visions series includes five events featuring BIPOC artists, musicians and...
Thumbnail: 'Chola Vida' Panelists to Explore Solidarity, Social Justice
October 8, 2021
The fourth Arts and Lectures event of the semester features a group of panelists from Chola Vida, a

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...