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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: Panel on HBO Series Highlights Arts & Lectures This Spring
January 14, 2022
A panel on the acclaimed HBO docuseries “Exterminate All the Brutes” highlights the spring lineup of the longstanding Arts & Le...
Thumbnail: New Student Delivers Holiday Joy to Local Foster Youth
December 21, 2021
When he transferred to Cal State San Marcos from Grossmont College in August, John W. Edwards III had no idea what service learning w...
Thumbnail: News Briefs: Faculty, Staff Team up for Journal Publication
December 9, 2021
A team of Cal State San Marcos faculty and staff have collaborated on an article that recently was published in the Journal of Hispanic Hi...
Thumbnail: News Briefs: Lecturer Named to Native American State Body
November 22, 2021
Stanley Rodriguez, a lecturer in American Indian studies at Cal State San Marcos, has been appointed to the 

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...