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About The College

Through degree programs in arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and interdisciplinary programs, CHABBS equips students with the knowledge, skills, and credentials critical for a changing world rich with opportunities, challenges, and diversity. Our programs provide both foundational and discipline-specific knowledge of human behavior, social systems, cultural and material power, communication and creativity. Our students learn creative problem solving, complex issue analysis, and how to work collaboratively applying common threads of historically vital knowledge to address and redefine challenges in their work and civic life.

CHABSS currently offers 22 Bachelor of Arts (BA) and 5 Master of Arts (MA) degrees, and 33 minors. The College also contributes richly to the University’s general education program, serving all undergraduate students with a curriculum of broad, global and historical knowledge and valuable work and life skills.

The world presents an opportunity for innovation, social justice, and a re-shaping of our structures and values. CHABBS’s programs facilitate that opportunity, both through the building of vital skills and the teaching of foundational thinking about work, life, and the human experience.

In addition, we offer students opportunities to:

  • Master information literacy and new technologies that help them meet the challenges of the rapidly changing future
  • Develop language skills and cultural awareness that helps them in our globally interdependent 21st century society
  • Build lifelong careers of leadership, learning, creativity, professional achievement and community service

Message from the Dean

Welcome to CHABSS! 

We are delighted that you have decided to explore a future with us. In CHABSS, we are proud of the diversity that is inherent to a Liberal Arts education – diversity of our faculty, staff and students, our approach to teaching, our ways of thinking and of courses offered.  College faculty and staff foster a supportive, inclusive, and rigorous learning environment, upholding the highest standards and expectations of academic endeavor. Diversity and inclusion is a main goal of our College, and we hope that you experience all CHABSS has to offer. 

The College provides education that is rooted in the liberal arts tradition, attuned to the diversity of human experience, responsive to new ideas and challenges, and dedicated to preparing students for lifelong careers of leadership, learning, creativity, professional achievement, and community service. Grounded in the scholarly and creative activity of our faculty, the College integrates diverse academic disciplines, research fields, creative arts, and interdisciplinary programs, offering students multiple pathways to explore ideas, ideals, visions and values. We prepare students to become professionals whose broad knowledge base enhances their ability to explore and strive for their intellectual potential, to think creatively to solve complex problems, to understand the world around them and their impact on it.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to assisting you in achieving your goals and dreams. As you study in CHABSS, I hope you open your mind to new ideas, new people, and new ways of thinking and being. We encourage you to actively embrace the opportunities and knowledge you will encounter inside and outside the classroom. We are glad you have selected CSUSM as your university, and we look forward to supporting you on your educational journey and in celebrating your achievements.

~ Elizabeth Matthews

Contact Information

Social and Behavioral Sciences Building 4115
(760)-750-4200
chabss@csusm.edu

Mailing Address:
California State University San Marcos
College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences
SBSB 4115
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, California 92096