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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 now how a LinkedIn page - follow us!

 Call for Nominations: 2020-2021 CHABSS Dean's Awards 

CHABSS Dean's Office is now accepting faculty nominations for the four CHABSS Dean's Awards: CHABSS Outstanding Student Award, CHABSS Community Service Champion, CHABSS Scholarship & Creative Works Champion, and CHABSS Inclusive Excellence Champion. 

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


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January 21, 2021
As the Cal State San Marcos campus remains closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Arts & Lectures series will be pres...
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November 18, 2020
Every morning, Gladys Guzman would be dropped off at her Encinitas elementary school by her father before he went on to work. ...
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November 17, 2020
Joenetta Benjamin attended a Southern Baptist church while growing up in South Carolina.But seeing how elders in her church shunned a teenage...
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November 16, 2020
For two hours on a Saturday morning in mid-October, cars streamed on to a Cal State San Marcos campus that has been eerily quiet for months b...

CHABSS in the News

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...