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Anthropology Professor, Students Explore Belize's Unknown Caves: This summer, three archaeology students got to experience hands-on excavation and learn-by-doing fieldwork in some of Belize’s unknown caves with ANTH Professor Dr. Jon Spenard. They journalized their Belize exploration and shared some of their takeaways so that other students can see the benefits of pursuing fieldwork opportunities and collaborative research projects with their professors... READ MORE

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. The College provides a supportive learning atmosphere with rich opportunities for close interaction and collaboration with peers, faculty, and community partners. CHABSS graduates are well prepared to enter the world of work in a variety of careers or to pursue post-baccalaureate study leading to advanced academic and professional degrees. Come explore with us.

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Dr. Sepinwall talking with students

Your Professors Are Your Best Resource... Get to Know Them

Finding your way in college can be daunting and a little scary. There's so much to know - not just in regards to your studies, but figuring out what campus resources are available to help you succeed. One resource that many students overlook is their professors. Who better to help navigate academia than an academic? Get to know them. Here's why...

Martin Leyva and Maria Valdivia

Collective Effort Makes Project Rebound a Reality

By Eric Breier

Xuan Santos has long advocated for increased representation at Cal State San Marcos of students who are formerly incarcerated or system impacted.

As Santos, an associate professor of sociology, was completing his tenure process two years ago, he began looking at ways to provide more support on campus. At the top of his wish list was bringing Project Rebound, a program that supports students transitioning out of prison, to CSUSM.

 Food Garden, Environmental Studies

Garden Aims to Help Address Student Food Insecurity

By Eric Breier

Greig Guthey still remembers the first environmental studies classes he taught at Cal State San Marcos. Students gathered on the third floor of Academic Hall in a room that had one small window that didn’t open.

“You’re teaching about the food system and talking about food, but you’re in this room with no connection to the outside,” said Guthey, the coordinator for CSUSM’s environmental studies program.

Knowing the importance of being outdoors to develop connections with the ecology, Guthey worked with his students to establish a sustainable food project garden. What began as a small pilot project in 2012 has grown to serve more than 100 students who take classes taught by Guthey and fellow environmental studies professor Gabriel Valle in the garden each year.