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College of Liberal Arts

Gerry Riposa

Associate Dean
Mark Wiley

Director, Facilities Planning and Technology
Mike Blazey

Development Officer
Annette Roth

Administrative Services Manager
Terie Bostic

Director, Learning Alliance
Bron Pellissier

Coordinator, Student Life and Development
Anna Nazarian (562) 985-4181

College Secretary
Pat Zaid

Educational Policy/Curriculum Coordinator
Cherie Dougan

Fiscal Coordinator
Dorothy Rypka

College Office
McIntosh Humanities Building, Room 209

(562) 985-5381

(562) 985-2463

The College of Liberal Arts provides courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences for all university students, as well as for majors in its disciplines. The College is also responsible for much of the General Education required of all students and provides professional training in Journalism. Through the Liberal Arts, students acquire a fundamental understanding of social and individual behavior and of cultures and belief systems in the past and present. Communication, verbal and written, in English and other languages, and across cultures, is a fundamental emphasis throughout the curriculum. Liberal Arts disciplines also emphasize the acquisition and analysis of information and its use to understand and to help resolve complex social problems. The College of Liberal Arts is the center of the university’s commitment to developing greater knowledge and understanding of international and multicultural issues in the contemporary world.

Degree Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts:
Anthropology, American Studies, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Business Economics Chicano and Latino Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, Comparative World Literature, Economics, English, Environmental Science and Policy, Geography, French, French Studies, German, History, Human Development, International Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies.
Master of Arts:
Anthropology, Asian Studies, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology (with options in general research and in industrial and organizational psychology), Religious Studies, Spanish, and Communication Studies.
Master of Fine Arts in English
Master of Science in Psychology
Certificate Programs:
American Indian Studies, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies in the Liberal Arts, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Russian-East European Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, Technical and Professional Writing, and Urban Studies
Minor Programs:
American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Business Economics, Chicano and Latino Studies, Comparative World Literature, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, English (Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, or Special Emphasis), Economics, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, International Economics, Italian, Jewish Studies, Latin, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s Studies.
Language Courses:
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Cambodian (Khmer), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.

Special Facilities

The College operates special facilities including archeology, geography, language, psychology, writing, and general computer laboratories.

Student Activities

Most of the departments in the College of Liberal Arts have either a student association or honor organization which provides students with a program of activities. Students should contact the department of their major to inquire about the kinds of organizations available to them or contact the College Coordinator for Student Life and Development, Anna Nazarian (985-4181).

The College and Associated Students promote the College Student Council with its representation from each department acting as liaison between the College administration, faculty, and members of the College’s student body. The Student Council provides a forum for the development of student leadership skills.


The College of Liberal Arts offers internships with on- and off-campus cooperating organizations designed to provide students with practice in the field under supervision. Many individual departments also offer discipline-based internships for advanced students.

Credential Programs

Single subject credential programs are offered in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Social Science. Students who plan to teach these subjects in the secondary schools are strongly advised to consult the Credential Advisor in the appropriate program as early as possible in their studies, so that they fulfill subject matter preparation requirements while completing an undergraduate major.

Credential Advisors

Japanese - Dr. Hsin-Sheng C. Kao (985-7530)
Social Science - Dr. Arlene Lazarowitz (985-4423)
English - Kathleen DiVito (985-4220)
French, German, Spanish - Dr. Griselda Sasayama (985-4319)
Latin - Dr. Elaine Wida - (985-8660)