Humanities and social sciences undergraduate and graduate degree programs from the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) offer exploration into the dynamics of human experiences, personal identities, cultural and cross-cultural expressions and practices, and philosophical beliefs about human life and existence. Deepen your understanding of history, literatures, languages, religions, gender, ethnicity, social justice and political activism. Faculty are recognized scholars in their disciplines, committed to innovative teaching practices. Find a diverse community in CAL who seek to empower you to become independent-minded, socially responsible, and globally aware.
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San Diego State University continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education. Over the last 10 years, SDSU has seen exceptional growth and improvement in its student success, research and philanthropic performance. SDSU is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report and others as one of the nation’s best colleges for student support and social mobility.
SDSU’s undergraduate international business program ranks No. 8 in the nation, and its undergraduate business and engineering programs rank in the top 100 of the U.S. News and World Report’s list.
SDSU also is one of the most successful universities in terms of graduating students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The university is ranked No. 59 in the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of top performers on social mobility.
San Diego State University students are graduating at record high rates across all seven colleges, and SDSU now ranks No. 8 nationally in graduation rate performance, based on U.S. News & World Report’s most recent college rankings. This top rank for graduation rate performance acknowledges the university’s success in serving students of many different economic, racial, ethnic and gender affiliations.
SDSU is a hub of student invention and innovation, led by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Zahn Innovation Platform. FORBES magazine ranked SDSU No. 23 on its list of America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities, while U.S. News and World Report ranked SDSU’s entrepreneurship program No. 21 among the nation’s public universities and Fortune ranked the university among the top 25 most entrepreneurial in the nation.
With the help of SDSU's Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, two students launched ShakeSmart in 2011 in an effort to create more healthy dining options on campus. Now the company has 20 locations throughout the U.S.
Two SDSU alums founded bracelet company Pura Vida in 2010, which recently sold a majority stake to Vera Bradley for $130 million. “While at SDSU, I found confidence in myself” said co-founder Griffin Thall, who worked at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center while a student.
SDSU's entrepreneurship ecosystem was critical in helping business major Luke Sophinos launch CourseKey in 2015. The higher education software management platform encourages increased student-teacher interaction on college campuses and recently raised $5 million in investor funding.
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Fowler College of Business
The Fowler College of Business educates and empowers students through programs that are designed to help build on the set of leadership, analytical, teamwork, and communication-based skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment. The Fowler College of Business does this by engaging and collaborating with the San Diego business community and beyond to ensure the curriculum and student experiences are well-mapped to the demands of industry leaders.
The Fowler College of Business was established as the College of Business Administration in 1955. In 2016, San Diego State’s College of Business Administration was named the Fowler College of Business in honor of San Diego philanthropists, Ron and Alexis Fowler (’93, MSA), whose $25 million gift is the largest in the history of the university.
College of Engineering
Since its inception in 1961, the College of Engineering has evolved into a top choice for serious engineering students and researchers from all over the globe. We deliver broad-spectrum, world-class engineering education, combined with practical research experience. Our students can choose among seven bachelor’s, and a number of master’s and joint doctoral degree programs.
We’re dedicated to innovative education, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge. We equip our students to think with international perspective, to design solutions that meet human and societal needs, and to create economic value that helps sustain the San Diego region and beyond.
We’re committed to inventing a better future, both for the San Diego region, a hot spot of innovation and technology, and for the global community we all share. That’s why we maintain close relationships with San Diego industry that result in extensive partnerships, internships and placement opportunities for our students.
College of Education
The SDSU College of Education is committed to preparing teachers, school administrators, counselors, community college faculty and leaders, performance improvement/ technology professionals and community service professionals to provide the highest-quality learning environments to ensure student and client success and achievement through our teaching, research and service.
College of Health and Human Services
The College of Health and Human Services offers students a balanced education of academic study, field placement, clinical experiences and research opportunities. Thus, faculty and students share an understanding of the relationship between California’s diverse populations and life-styles.
The common goal of each of the college’s professional programs is to assist students in developing competence in professional practice and research methods that develop their expertise to gather information, plan, conduct and evaluate professional actions in their chosen field. This commitment to students produces alumni who will continue to work effectively to preserve and promote the well-being of individuals, groups and communities.
The college has five professional schools: Exercise and Nutritional Sciences; Nursing; Public Health; Social Work; and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
College of Sciences
Established in 1931, the College of Sciences has evolved into the largest center for education and research in the region. Composed of eight departments and various subprograms, we offer 20 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and eight doctoral degree programs, along with 10 professional certificate programs. Our curricula are enhanced by research centers that provide lab and field experience. Additionally, our faculty have active research programs that offer students hands-on training to ensure they are well-prepared to work after graduation.
In 2018-19, the College of Sciences awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships and employed over 825 students as teaching associates, assistants and work-study aides.
SDSU Global Campus
For over 40 years, SDSU Global Campus, previously known as the College of Extended Studies, has been reaching out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of learning opportunities in innovative and non-traditional ways. SDSU Global Campus provides access to SDSU’s academic excellence through degree, career advancement and lifelong learning options:
- More than 50 certificate programs for career advancement — ranging from contract management, construction and craft beer, to health care, human resource management and regulatory affairs
- Master’s degree programs in science, counseling, education, and hospitality and tourism
- Bachelor’s degree completion programs online in business and criminal justice
- University-quality courses for students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SDSU
- World-renowned ESL instruction at The American Language Institute
- Access to regular and intensive SDSU courses through Open University and Winter Session.
- Faculty-led Study Abroad programs
- Online programs ranging from single courses to certificate programs to degrees
Whatever your goals are, alternative learning options, improving your career, or enhancing your life, there's something for you at SDSU Global Campus.
College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) is a vibrant creative and cultural community of 5,000 students offering 43 majors, innovative curriculum, and cutting-edge research, as well as internship and study abroad opportunities. It is the only college at SDSU to offer an international studies minor. The Seven Schools calling PSFA home include Art + Design; Communication; the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management; Journalism and Media Studies; Music and Dance; Theatre, Television, and Film; and Public Affairs. PSFA is also home to three departments, 15 centers and institutes, and three branches of military ROTC: Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marine. Nearly 1,600 arts majors present more than 350 visual and performing arts events each year. Last year PSFA offered 130 scholarships totaling more than $800,000.
SDSU Imperial Valley
SDSU Imperial Valley offers students the advantages of small classes with convenient accessibility to a dedicated faculty and staff. Interactive videoconferencing provides students at the Calexico and Brawley sites the opportunity to participate in classes broadcast live from San Diego. Students have access to a rewarding campus life through involvement with Associated Students, student clubs and organizations, guest lecturers, art exhibition, music events and other programs.
San Diego State University Georgia, through funding from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, offers students the opportunity to study in Tbilisi, Georgia. Students are able to earn a professionally accredited, internationally recognized U.S. bachelor’s degree in the heart of the Caucasus. Programs offered by the university support the development of construction, science and technology fields, as well as Georgia’s human capital capacity for economic growth. At SDSU Georgia, SDSU offers six bachelor's degree programs.
Bachelor's degrees in 97 areas
Master's Degrees in 84 areas
Doctorates in 21 areas
Major Academic Plan (MyMap) or Graduate On Time
MyMap is a guide to help you complete your degree requirements on time. The Major Academic Plans align with the courses offered each semester, adheres to all prerequisite requirements, and maximizes any overlap between General Education and preparation for the major courses.My Map
Be International - More than a Slogan at SDSU
Study abroad can help you learn about the world and yourself while expanding your resume and career possibilities. More than 3,000 SDSU students go on international programs each year -- placing the university No. 5 in the nation for the number of students studying abroad. They choose from more than 650 programs in 70 countries. In addition, SDSU welcomes more than 3,000 international students from more than 70 countries. Make the decision to Be International.Be International
Career Mentoring and Internships
To help our students become the innovators of the future and career-ready at graduation, SDSU has a large network of alumni and friends who provide career guidance through the Aztec Mentor Program -- over 10,000 mentor-mentee matches so far -- and an internship program that sees 8,500 student participants each year.Internship