A Message From the Dean

Dean Linda Essig
Welcome to the College of Arts & Letters at California State University, Los Angeles, an engaged, diverse, and creative community committed to nurturing the next generation of humanists and artists and to providing a distinctive liberal arts education to all Cal State LA students.

The College is home to nationally acclaimed undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities and the visual, media, and performing arts, delivered by an award-winning faculty committed to helping students reach their full potential academically, professionally, creatively, and personally.  Our nine departments (Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Television, Film & Media Studies, and Theatre and Dance) include programs that lead to Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees, Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees, and Masters of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degrees.

Located in one of the most vibrant and creative cosmopolitan centers of the world, our students have access to renowned venues and a rich variety of scholars, artists, and performers from a host of fields and professions. Our campus boasts one of the most diverse student populations in the country, a fact that helps us to prepare Arts & Letters graduates for successful careers in today’s multicultural environment and global economy.

I encourage you to explore our website to learn why the College of Arts & Letters at Cal State LA is a remarkable community of scholars, artists, educators, and students.

Linda Essig
Dean, College of Arts & Letters
California State University, Los Angeles

Photography credit: J. Emilio Flores
Background description: COMA (Closet of Modern Art) Gallery ART 3640 Intermediate Drawing, Black & White Mural, Summer 2018. Professor Terence Kelly.