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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 Welcomes New Dean

CHABSS incoming Dean, Liora Gubkin

Dr. Liora Gubkin started as the new CHABSS Dean July 11. Read more

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: Batman or Bruce Wayne? CSUSM Panel Talks Criminology at Comic-Con
August 11, 2022
Matthew Atherton is a social sciences professor who has incorporated popula...
Thumbnail: Student's Short Film Wins Emmy Awards for Impactful Message
August 4, 2022
Salma Rodriguez had trouble choosing a topic for her final project for her audio and videography class.
Thumbnail: Political Science Student Goes from Self-described Introvert to ASI President
July 27, 2022
When Julia Glorioso was in third grade, she took a field trip with her classmates to visit Cal State San Marcos. 
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...

CHABSS in the News

CHABSS Faculty Scholarship & Creative Work


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...