CSUSB Arts & Letters

Welcome to CAL! We're a dynamic and caring community united by a passion for the arts and humanities.

Welcome to the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) at California State University, San Bernardino, a dynamic and caring community of students, faculty and staff members united by a passion for the arts and humanities. The College is comprised of the departments of Art & Design, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Arts and World Languages & Literatures. It also o

Operating as usual


Are you watching the new season?!

Yotes! Did you know one of your professors is on a Netflix show?๐Ÿ‘€

Glass artist and art professor, Katherine Gray, is returning as a judge on Netflix's hit series "Blown Away" for its fourth season. Premiering on Friday, March 8.๐Ÿ‘

Read more: https://bit.ly/3TqlGGv

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 03/12/2024

๐Ÿ“ธ: Career Day @ Salinas Elementary

Thank you to our wonderful professors (Dr. George Thomas, Spanish; Dr. Greg Gondwe, Communication Studies) and Kelli Cluque from Coyote Radio for visiting a local elementary school and getting kids excited about college!

Who here remembers what they wanted to be when they were a kid? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 03/07/2024

Do you read banned books? We do! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Banned Books Discussion on The Handmaid's Tale! Such insightful presentations and discussion from our faculty members and the Dean of Libraries, .

We'd also like to thank for having us, and .radio and for marketing our event.

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 02/19/2024

Happy Lunar New Year from CAL! ๐Ÿ‰โœจ

How The Grinch Stole The Arts & Letters | 2023 CAL Holiday Video | CSUSB 12/20/2023


Yesterday we dropped our 2023 Holiday Video, "How The Grinch Stole The Arts & Letters!" Did you see it?!

Check it out below!

How The Grinch Stole The Arts & Letters | 2023 CAL Holiday Video | CSUSB 'Twas the week before winter break, when stuff began to mysteriously disappear from the College of Arts & Letters...The College of Arts and Letters Holiday V...

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 12/16/2023

Congrats to all our Arts & Letters students who graduated today! ๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ‰

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 11/17/2023

Pizza With The Dean, Fall '23 ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜‹

Thanks to all the students who joined us today for Pizza With The Dean!

We hope to see you at our next one during the Spring '24 semester.


Join us tomorrow to learn about our Art and Studio Art graduate programs! ๐ŸŽจ

You'll meet with Prof. Alison Ragguette to learn about the application process, funding opportunities, and more!

Zoom link is in the bio!


TOMORROW! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•

If you're an Arts & Letters student, be sure to stop by UH 237 tomorrow afternoon for Pizza with the Dean!

You'll get to meet Dr. Rueyling Chuang, hang out with other students, and get a chance to win some cool college swag!


Free pizza and tickets to a show! ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽŸ

Claim your free ticket to see Murder on the Orient Express this Thursday evening, and enjoy free Bobo's Pizza before the show! Limited tickets are available, so be sure to stop by the ASI Office before they're all gone!

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 11/08/2023

THANK YOU to all our wonderful staff, faculty, and students who tabled during this year's Homecoming Bash! ๐Ÿ’™

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 10/31/2023

Halloween '23 ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿคญ


Don't miss out on our info sessions this week! If you're interested in getting your master's, this is the perfect opportunity to meet our graduate coordinators and learn more about what our programs can do for you.


We're so excited to offer these new services to our students!


Way to go, Arts & Letters Yoties! ๐Ÿ’™

For the Spring 2023 semester, more than 900 students made the Dean's List, and 211of those students received a 4.0 GPA. Wow!

If you see your name on the list, make sure you head over to our Instagram to enter our Dean's List Giveaway!

Congrats to all our students! Like or leave a comment below to help us celebrate!

Photos from CSUSB Art & Design's post 07/17/2023

What a cool experience for these young students!

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 07/06/2023

๐Ÿ“ธ Boba Break with the Dean, 6/26/23

Swipe through to see images from our recent social event, celebrating summer and our CAL staff members! ๐Ÿ’™

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 06/22/2023

Hot diggity dog! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒญ

Thanks to our CAL Social Committee who recently threw our staff members a Hats and Hot Dogs party!

This is just one of the many fun activities our social committee will be doing for our dedicated staff members this summer. ๐ŸŒž

Congrats to Nate Dubbs from who won Best Hat for his awesome tiny top hat. ๐Ÿ‘


If you need money for college, please register for an upcoming financial aid workshop with Building Wealth Initiative - Inland Empire!

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 05/20/2023

Congrats, Class of 2023! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ‰


Attention CSUSB students! Still looking for a summer class?

If so, please register for this online asynchronous course being offered by the College of Arts & Letters:

CAL 3300-63: Art and Ideas in a Changing Global World (Class No. 61032)
Online Asynchronous
Summer Session 6w1 (May 30 โ€“ July 5, 2023)
Assignments due any time on Tuesdays

Register by this Friday, May 19, to ensure you have a place in this class! https://www.csusb.edu/class-schedule

For questions, please email Prof. Ramirez at [email protected].

For more information, please read the course description below:

Have you ever heard of the love triangle involving Lilith, Adam, and Eve? Have you ever wondered what Isabella and Ferdinandโ€™s Reconquista of Spain meant for the princes of Muslim faith? Are you curious as to what the mysteries of Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie have to do with ancient Egypt? Discover all these ideas and more in CAL 3300, Art and Ideas! With its global perspective, this asynchronous class invites you to study and discuss works of art and the history behind them as well as captivating stories related to the Mediterranean. We begin our cultural journey with Jewish lore surrounding Lilith and examine as a companion piece John Collierโ€™s Pre-Raphaelite painting of Adamโ€™s โ€˜first wife.โ€™

Next, we investigate a critical moment in the fifteenth-century Mediterranean: the capitulation of the Moors in Andalucia to Catholic sovereigns Isabella and Ferdinand. This event is recalled in Washington Irvingโ€™s The Alhambra and in the 1882 painting by Francisco Pradilla Ortiz. Pradilla Ortiz depicts the Moorish capitulation with Muhammad XII (ca. 1460โ€“1533) handing over the keys to the city of Granada to Isabella I of Castile (1451โ€“1504) and Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452โ€“1516). The first part of the course, then, uses art to prompt reflection on ancient lore and legends of the Holy Lands and Spain.

With this foundation in place, in the second part of the course we will investigate how Egypt, past and present, occupies the British imagination. To that end, weโ€™ll read the chapter entitled โ€œThebesโ€ from Amelia Edwardsโ€™ travelog, A Thousand Miles up the Nile. Weโ€™ll apply Edwardsโ€™s ideas about grave robbing to Conan Doyleโ€™s archaeological mystery, โ€œLot No. 249.โ€ In the work of Conan Doyle and Edwards, weโ€™ll think about the Egyptian mummy as an individual with an identity and cultural history, as an emblem of resurrection, and as a (contested) archaeological specimen. Our learning experience is enriched with a virtual tour of the Universityโ€™s RAFFMA museum, which houses the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts in Southern California.

Next, and with this archaeological framework in place, we conclude our course with Agatha Christieโ€™s Death on the Nile. Did you know famed mystery writer Christie traveled extensively in the Middle East, lived in Iraq, participated in many expeditions with her archaeologist husband, and toured ancient Egyptian sites? Christie stages her murder mystery Death on the Nile in Egypt and uses a love triangle to structure her story; this is a plot that will bring our course full circle as we return to the ideas of female empowerment and female rivalry.

This course fulfills the Diversity & Inclusiveness Pers, GE-C4 UD Arts and Humanities, Global Perspectives requirement.

Class Schedule | CSUSB

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 04/14/2023

Arts & Letters staff, we appreciate you! ๐Ÿ’™

On April 5th, our Dean's Office hosted an Appreciation Lunch for all our amazing staff members who keep our college going strong!

Thanks again, CAL staff, for all you do to help our faculty, students, and community.


It pays to have Pizza with the Dean! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ’™

Last week, our conference room was jam packed with students eager to grab a slice of pizza and meet with Dr. Rueyling Chuang, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters.

A proud Cal State alumna, Dean Chuang talked about her own journey as a student, and discussed her role as a Dean. She also listened to students' concerns, and shared her advice. She even raffled off two $25 Starbucks gift cards!

Students also had the opportunity to meet with our college representative, Jessie McVicker.

Thanks again to all the students who joined us! We hope to see you all in attendance at our next Pizza with the Dean!

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 03/20/2023

Shout out to our amazing M.A. students (+ Dr. Rafael Correa) who helped us table last week during Grad Days!

If you're interested in applying to one of our master's programs, you still have time! Just click the link in our bio to learn more.

Also, thanks to all our graduating seniors who stopped by our table to say hi and pick up an official College of Arts & Letters tote bag. ๐Ÿ’™

Photos from CSUSB Arts & Letters's post 02/24/2023

Prepare for a career you're passionate about ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ’™

Join us next Friday for a Virtual Info Session all about our exciting graduate programs!

You'll meet our M.A. coordinators, and learn about how to apply to our programs, funding opportunities, and more. You'll also get a chance to ask us any questions you may have.

To join our session, just tap the link in our bio!


Interested in getting your master's? Join us for our upcoming virtual info session and check out the exciting graduate programs we have to offer!

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/3Eh7710

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Congrats to all our 4.0 GPA students for the Spring 2023 semester! Look out for a letter from us in the mail! ๐Ÿ“ฌ๐Ÿ’ซ #csusbc...
Happy Holidays from CAL! โ˜”๐ŸŽถ Rain or shine, we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the season with friends and fam...
Our professors have the coolest research interests. ๐Ÿ˜ŽDr. Jane Chin Davidson, art & design, discusses her passion project...
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Are you left brain, or right brain? ๐Ÿง Dr. Chad Sweeney, English, discusses why he chose to nurture his more creative side...




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