The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences empowers students to critically examine their place in the world: to imagine, to communicate, to collaborate, to create, and to transform. Our graduates are engaged global citizens ready for the realities of the 21st century.

  • October 18
    Oct 18

    Julie Otsuka, Common Read Author Visit

    6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Julie Otsuka, the author of this year's common read book, will be visiting campus!

  • October 19
    Oct 19

    Vocal Recital

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Vocal students in the Music and Performing Arts Department will perform selections from a wide range of genres and artists.

  • October 26
    Oct 26

    VPA Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Workshop

    10:00am to 4:00pm

    Join us for Professor Dionicio Mendoza's Annual Sugar Skull Workshop in preparation for Dia de Los Muertos! This workshop is provided free of charge and is open to all-come and learn more about the tradition and stories shared.

  • October 27
    Oct 27

    2018-19 MBWLP 2018-2019 core workshop series

    9:00am to 4:00pm

    "Make Shift Happen!: Incorporating Global Competency in World Language Classrooms"

  • November 1
    Nov 1

    Pixar Animation Studios Information Session

    1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar's unique culture of animation and filmmaking with an editorial presentation by Robert Grahamjones, Associate Editor.

  • November 11
    Nov 11

    Midterm Vocal Concert

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Featuring performances by the Chorale, Gospel Choir, University Singers, Fort Chord, and voice training students.

Latest News:

CAHSS Academic III Mural Announced

Dean Ilene Feinman and the University Art Committee are pleased to announce that CSUMB Professor Emerita Johanna Poethig, Visual and Public Art Department, has been commissioned for a signature mural for the main entrance to the building (Divarty Street).

CAHSS Celebrates 2019 Champions of the Arts

Congratulations to Visual & Public Art Assistant Professor Dionicio Mendoza, recipient of the 2019 Champions of the Arts Professional Artist award!

CAHSS Student Work Featured: Adam Gota, VPA

Congratulations to Visual & Public Art student Adam Gota, who was recently named featured artist at The Treehouse, 2651 Soquel Drive, Soquel, October through December 2018.

Exhibition Opening Gambatte Kimashita: Japanese Flower Growers of the Salinas Valley

Join our School of World Languages and Cultures faculty for flower arranging, sushi making, and a tea ceremony on Friday, September 7, 2018 5 – 9pm, CSUMB at Salinas City Center

CSUMB welcomes University of Kitakyushu

CSUMB President Ochoa and Provost Irwin welcomed the University of Kitakyushu President, Vice President, Deputy Director of the Center for International Education and Exchange, and the International Exchange Office Manager during a CSUMB visit on August 20th, 2018.

CAHSS Alumni Impact: Melissa Powell Callaghan PSY '13

Melissa Callaghan (Powell), a 2013 CSUMB Psychology graduate, just finished her Ph.D. degree in Education from UC Irvine and has started a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

CSUMB Undergraduate Researchers Selected for Pre-Doctoral Scholarships

SEASIDE, Calif., July 10, 2018– Two CSUMB seniors have been selected as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. Jordin Simons, a UROC scholar and environmental studies major, and Jorge Cabrera, a psychology major and UROC researcher, were each awarded $3,000 to support graduate school and professional development endeavors during the upcoming year.

CAHSS Celebrates A3 Beam Signing July 26, 2018

President Eduardo Ochoa joins Dean Ilene Feinman and Associate Dean Andy Drummond in signing the last steel beam to be added to the new A3 building.


There are 2,321 candidates for graduation this year during three ceremonies over two days. Here's all the statistics about our 2018 Commencement.

CART Major Liberty Ingraham-Gonzales Receives $2,000 Film Scholarship

Cinematic Arts & Technology student Liberty Ingraham-Gonzales was recently named the winner of the Monterey County Film Commission Director Emeritus 2018 Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.

Four Students Earn Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowships

SEASIDE, Calif., May 16, 2018 – Four CSUMB seniors, all Sally Casanova Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year, have been awarded summer research fellowships for the summer of 2018 through the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship Program. All four pre-doctoral scholars have been awarded up to $8,000 each in support of their summer research to cover the cost of housing, meals and a research stipend.

Students Excel at CSU Student Research Competition

Congratulations to CAHSS Winners! Nine CSUMB student-researchers represented CSUMB at the 32nd annual CSU Student Research Competition May 4-5, 2018 at Sacramento State University.

CAHSS Alumni: Stay Connected

Are you receiving your Alma Otter Newsletter? For all the latest news, events, and opportunities to meet up with your fellow otter alumni, be sure your contact info is up to date with the Alumni Association. Did you know that alumni can keep their email address? Show your otter pride!

CAHSS Graduation Stories: Zsanna Lorenzo, School of Humanities & Communication

Zsanna Lorenzo has persevered through many obstacles to become an accomplished student, peer mentor, and is now headed on to CSUMB's MSW program for the fall and plans to become a social worker.

CAHSS Graduation Stories: Alex Jensen, School of Humanities & Communication

McNair Scholar Alex Jensen will graduate summa cum laude from CSU Monterey Bay with a BA in Human Communication, a concentration in peace studies, and a minor in music. Alex will attend Harvard Divinity School's Master of Divinity program this fall as a Dean’s Fellow. He's also added 2018 Provost's Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement to his resume.

CAHSS Graduation Stories: Chelsey Bucher-Hebert, Psychology

Psychology senior Chelsey Bucher-Hebert has been awarded the 2018 Outstanding Senior Award for Social Justice.

CAHSS Graduation Stories: Emily M. Smith, School of Social, Behavioral, & Global Studies

Emily M. Smith headed to George Mason University as top MA appplicant.

CAHSS Graduation Stories: Integrated Studies Special Major

The Integrated Studies Special Major creates meaningful opportunity.

CAHSS Graduation Stories: Angelica Paredes, School of World Languages & Cultures

Spanish Language & Hispanic Culture senior Angélica Paredes, resiliency over adversity.

Honors Convocation May 5, 2018: Congratulations CAHSS Award Recipients!

SEASIDE, Calif., May 5, 2018 – California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) held its annual honors convocation May 5, 2018, recognizing select students for distinguished academic achievements.

CAHSS Graduation Stories: 5 Japanese Language & Culture Graduates Head to Japan

Five Japanese Language & Culture majors will be moving to Japan for job offers to teach.

Congratulations Danielle Burchett, 2018 UROC Mentor of the Year

Dr. John E. "Buck" Banks, Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) recently announced that Dr. Danielle Burchett, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, has been named the recipient of the UROC Mentor of the Year Award. She will be honored at the UROC Year-End Celebration on May 9.

Mayan discovery reaffirms professor's life work

The recent discovery of Mayan ruins in the Guatemalan jungle is changing the way people think of that ancient civilization.

CAHSS on the Move

In one respect, the new home for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at CSUMB is simply an important – and badly needed – addition to the campus infrastructure.

Angelica Muro Honored at 2018 Champions of the Arts Gala

Angelica Muro, Assistant Professor and Chair of the CAHSS Visual and Public Art Department, was recently named the recipient of the Educator Award at the 2018 Champions of the Arts Gala by the Arts Council for Monterey County.

Seniors: Capstone Grants Available Now-Apply for $500!

Seniors-would an extra $500 help with your Capstone project expenses? The CSUMB Alumni Association Capstone Grant was created to financially assist the capstone projects of graduating seniors. Capstone grants are made possible by generous donations from the CSUMB Alumni and the Alumni Association.

Ethics and Responsible Business Forum 2018

The Ethics of Fake News: Who Controls the Future of Democracy? This forum is hosted by CSUMB's College of Business, College of Science, and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

A Community of Artists

One of the first things professor Enid Baxter Ryce did as interim director of CSUMB’s new Salinas Center for the Arts & Culture was to walk around downtown Salinas surveying the community about what they would like the center to do.

CAHSS Alumni Impact: Leaving His Mark

When Heriberto Marquez came to an open house at Cal State Monterey Bay as a high school senior, he knew very little about the place.

CAHSS Alumni Impact: CSUMB's Amanda Quintero, First Gen to Ph.D.

CAHSS Global Studies alumnae Amanda Quintero, Ph.D., was recently featured in a CSU staff profile in her role from first-generation college student to her new role changing student lives as Executive Director of Student Academic Success and Equity Initiatives at CSU Channel Islands.

CAHSS Alumni Impact: CSUMB's Amanda Quintero, First Gen to Ph.D.

CAHSS Global Studies alumnae Amanda Quintero, Ph.D., was recently featured in a CSU staff profile in her role from first-generation college student to her new role changing student lives as Executive Director of Student Academic Success and Equity Initiatives at CSU Channel Islands.

CAHSS Capstone Festival Schedule: Fall 2017

Join us as we showcase student work at the Fall 2017 Capstone Festival

CSUMB Alumnae Win Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program

SEASIDE, Calif., May 12, 2017 – Two CSUMB alumnae are members of the Wonder Women film crew who won the 2017 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program on April 30, 2017.

CSUMB to Open New Community-Based Arts and Culture Center at Salinas City Center

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct. 23, 2017 – The CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts and Culture, a new community-based arts center, will hold a grand opening Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at CSUMB at Salinas City Center. The grand opening will be held in concert with a series of events to include El Dia de Los Muertos celebrations which are co-curated by CSUMB's Visual and Public Art Department and Jose Ortiz, Hijos del sol, the National Steinbeck Center and Hartnell College.

CAHSS Alumni Impact: And the Emmy goes to . . .

Did you know there are Emmy awards for sports broadcasting?

Agent of Empowerment

Christina Lemus raises awareness for sexual assault victims

22nd Annual Social Justice Colloquium Welcomes Zeynep Tufekci

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, CAHSS departments joined together with campus partners on the School of Social Behavioral and Global Studies 22nd Annual Social Justice Colloquium, led by CSUMB founding faculty member Gerald Shenk. This year's event featured a keynote address, panel discussion and book signing with Zeynep Tufekci, author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.

Alum receives national recognition at NCAA tournament

CSU Monterey Bay alumna Lisa Fortier was named Rookie Coach of the Year after her first season at the helm at Division I Gonzaga University.

CSUMB Alumnae Win Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program

SEASIDE, Calif., May 12, 2017 – Two CSUMB alumnae are members of the Wonder Women film crew who won the 2017 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program on April 30, 2017.

School of Humanities & Communication Recognized for Integration of Civic Responsibility

SEASIDE, Ca., Oct. 25, 2017 – California State University Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) School of Humanities & Communication (HCOM) was recognized today by The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for providing a model on how to make civic learning and democratic engagement an expectation for all students who major in that discipline.

Academic III-CAHSS Groundbreaking

President Eduardo Ochoa and Dean Ilene Feinman led the groundbreaking ceremony for "Academic III"-the new home for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, set to open in Fall, 2019. Building highlights include an outdoor amphitheater, 200-seat film classroom, an art gallery, and specialized lab spaces for language learning, oral history, anthropology, and archaeology.

CAHSS Dean's List

Congratulations to the Students on the Spring 17 Dean's List!

CAHSS Spotlight on Service Learning

CAHSS faculty, staff and students are deeply committed to engaging with our communities. We're pleased to share a small sampling of a few of our service learning opportunities from the 2016-17 academic year.

CAHSS Collaborations: 21st Annual Social Justice Colloquium

The 21st annual Social Justice Colloquium (2017) supports a wide-ranging campus collaboration among 7 majors in CAHSS.

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