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College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and 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.

CHABSS Voices - March theme: Community Service

Congratulations to our March winners!

Dean's Pick Winner: Wendy Castillo; and Staff Pick Winner: Mallory Arcena

View all of the Community Service entries!

See all the monthly themes as well as rules and guidelines for CHABSS Voices.


 CHABSS now has a LinkedIn page - follow us!

 Get inspired and challenge yourself to reach the academic achievement of these 2019-2020 CHABSS Dean's Award Winners. Read more about their accomplishments

Nasdira Romero
2019-2020 CHABSS Dean's Outstanding Student

Marissa and Makenzie
2019-2020 CHABSS Community Champions

Jessica Garcia
2019-2020 CHABSS Champion for Scholarship and Creative Works

Juan Duran
2019-2020 CHABSS Champion for Inclusive Excellence


Thumbnail: College Lessons Prepare Alumna for Law Enforcement Career
April 19, 2021
As a member of the inaugural women’s soccer team at Cal State San Marcos in 2006, Marika Patterson learned firsthand the importance of ...
Thumbnail: Upbringing Spurs Passion for Environmental Justice
April 15, 2021
Melissa Reyes has always had a keen interest in the environment. It stems from her upbringing in the Imperial Valley, which relies heavily on...
Thumbnail: Awards and Accolades: Alumnus Joining Prestigious Writing Program
April 6, 2021
Cal State San Marcos alumnus Alfredo Aguilar has been invited to attend one of the most prestigious creative writing programs in the United S...
Thumbnail: Native Alumna Working to Better Conditions for Tribal Peoples
March 17, 2021
The question might have been considered predictable, coming as it did at the start of a course in American Indian studies. Aft...

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!


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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...