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College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

CAHSS: Senior Capstones

Join us as we celebrate the work of our seniors at the CAHSS Fall Semester Capstones!

504-1401 empty screening room

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the work of our seniors presenting their culminating projects. These projects reflect the demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities developed over the course of a student's learning experience. They include oral presentations, installation art, photography, poetry, oral histories, performances, research presentations, films, multimedia works and more.

For the Spring 2022 Semester, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is pleased to share the following schedule:  

Wednesday, May, 18, 2022

Music & Performing Arts

  • 12:00 pm-1:50 pm
    Music Hall Building 30, Room 100

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Social & Behavioral Studies (Virtual)

Humanities & Communication (Virtual)

Global Studies (Virtual) 

Cinematic Arts & Technology (In Person)

Friday, May 20, 2022

Visual & Public Art (In person)

  • 10:00-11:30 am: Ceremony, Between VPA Buildings 71 & 72
  • 12:00-2:00 pm:  Student presentations, VPA Building 72
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Opening Reception, VPA Building 70, Room 111 (Exhibitions & Programs Space)

School of World Languages & Cultures (In person)

  • 8:30 am-4:35 pm (6 55-minute sessions are scheduled with awards and closing at 4:15 pm) CAHSS 504-1401
    The presentation event will also be streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live.  Please visit the WLC 2022 Capstone page for the full schedule of presentations and project descriptions.


While not hosting a capstone festival group event this semester, the Department of Psychology extends their congratulations.


Commencement 2022

We're happy to celebrate in-person ceremonies for the Class of 2022.  The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21, in the CSUMB Stadium, ceremony begins at 10 am, doors open at 8:30 am.  For full details, visit the University's Commencement 2022 page.  CONGRATULATIONS!


Honors Convocation 2022

CAHSS celebrated 2022 graduates with academic honors on Saturday, April 30, at the Honors Convocation ceremony at the Otter Student Union Ballroo.  Special congratulations to Dean's Medalist Award Recipient Jianshan Chen Khalsa, Psychology, and Alumni vision Award recipient Amaris Lopez, Japanese Language and Culture.  CONGRATULATIONS!


Dean Cole and other faculty at honors convocation

Dean Juanita Cole, Associate Dean Kathleen Godfrey, WLC Chair Shigeko Sekine, and SBGS faculty Sara Salazar Hughes, Honors Convocation 2022

group of students sitting in ballroom

2022 CAHSS Honors Convocation. Photo courtesy of Provost Kantardjieff

Distinction in the Major

Per the 4.20 of the Academic Honors portion of the Academic Standing Policy, departments offering degree programs may confer "Distinction in the Major" to students meeting the criteria developed by the department faculty.  CAHSS is pleased to share the following:

  • Cinematic Arts & Technology:  Coming soon
  • Global Studies (Social, Behavioral & Global Studies): Awarded by faculty nomination.
  • Humanities & Communication: Students in the major may be selected for Distinction upon articulation of one or more of the following achievements:
    • A cumulative GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher (all students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will automatically be given distinction).  
    • Additional considerations:
      • Leadership at the school, college, or university level
      • Community service
      • Awards and public recognition
      • Unusual accomplishment (as distinctive from GPA recognition)
    • Students are nominated by faculty.
  • Music & Performing Arts:  MPA students graduating with a GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher or by recommendation of an MPA faculty member will be awarded Distinction in the Major.
  • Psychology: The department of psychology recognizes graduating students with distinction in the major. You need to apply to be considered. If you have done excellent work in or out of the classroom and/or have contributed to the department in some way you should apply! Please see the application form for details.  The application consists of several essay-type questions about you. Read the application thoroughly. We suggest you write the essays in another program (Word, GoogleDoc, etc...) and revise for clarity. Finally, submit when you're ready.  Please ask your PSY faculty if you have questions about the application.  Deadline: Usually in April.
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (Social, Behavioral & Global Studies):  Awarded by faculty nomination.
  • Visual & Public Art:  Every year, Distinction in the Major is bestowed to undergraduate students who are nominated by the faculty for outstanding contributions to the program. Students are considered for distinction in the major if they have a minimum 3.0 GPA, a graduation date within the academic year nominated, and meet the following VPA department criteria:
    • Articulation of the origin of their studio practice, which includes their interests, skill level, and ability to identify patterns and connectivity from diverse cultural perspectives.
    • Evidenced critical, analytical, and reflective thinking that links and outlines personal experiences to larger socio-cultural perspectives.
    • Demonstrative ability to define and measure community and audience concerns through positionality and self-accountability (specifically, when creating community sensitive work and defining audience).
    • Displayed ability to engage and respond to social-communal issues by raising social awareness and/or collaborating through organizational and educational outreach components that link campus, regional, or virtual communities to their artwork.
    • Expressed interest and consideration for outreach and artwork presentation that directly impacts regional, underrepresented, and diverse audiences. 
  • World Languages & Cultures: The department recognizes student achievement in the major during the annual Capstone Festival across 3 levels: Recognition, Distinction and High Distinction awards based on GPA in the major.  GPA will be calculated on major coursework and not cumulative. WLC criteria for awards are:
    • 3.0-3.5 Recognition
    • 3.51-3.75 Distinction
    • 3.76-4 is High Distinction

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