College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

A Welcome Message From The Dean

Dr. Juanita Cole, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Dr. Juanita Cole, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

It is my pleasure to welcome you to CSUMB's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, fondly known as CAHSS.

CAHSS is one of the largest colleges on CSUMB's campus and serves as the academic home to Cinematic Arts & Technology; Ethnic & Gender Studies; Global Studies; Humanities & Communication; Music; Psychology; Social Sciences; Spanish Language & Hispanic Cultures; Japanese Language & Culture; and Visual & Public Art. We are also home to the university's World Theatre. Through the university's General Education program, CAHSS impacts every undergraduate on campus!

Disciplines in these fields address questions about discourse, beauty, goodness, justice, equity, human responsibility—all of which enrich our world and perspectives immeasurably. They encourage us to practice curiosity daily. It also provides entertainment and much-needed joy in times of uncertainty and volatility. The inherent value of a liberal arts education lies in its ability to help society grapple with questions about the human condition. As a result, we begin to understand ourselves, others, and the institutions that shape our lives.

Our talented faculty in CAHSS work alongside students and alumni in our local communities and beyond to produce award-winning scholarship, research, projects, and creative productions. We are building solid and active partnerships with industry, government agencies, and non-profits to provide our current students with high-impact experiences in the classroom and in the field that ultimately prepare them for future careers. CAHSS faculty and staff are fully committed to diversity and inclusive excellence to enhance student achievement and global engagement.

Should you choose to major in one of our degree programs, you'll be ready to begin a career in various creative and important pursuits. Through excellent instruction, internships, study abroad programs, and service-learning opportunities, you will hone your critical thinking skills, engage in contemporary research, and develop creative problem-solving abilities. Choosing to study in our college may be one of the most life-enhancing decisions you will ever make!

On these web pages, you will find descriptions of our degree programs of study and coursework. You might just find your new academic home here! If you have any questions as you try to make your decision, please reach out to the respective departments, or you can contact the Dean's office at

If you are an alumna or alumnus of the college, thank you for checking our website. Your continued support and interest in the scholarly and programmatic activities of the college are much appreciated. We hope you will find time to revisit our campus soon.

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is at the heart of CSUMB's commitment to the public good. We are proud to see our students, alumni, faculty, and staff carry forward this commitment through their work.

I look forward to seeing you on campus or at one of our many events in the County of Monterey.

Dr. Juanita Cole
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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Questions for the Dean

Dean Juanita Cole wants to hear from you! Have a question about one of our majors? Looking for information on events? Have some ideas to share? Let us know-your Dean welcomes your feedback. Ask the dean a question.

Students, alumni, parents, and guests are welcome to visit us in person at Suite 1001, CAHSS 504.