College of Humanities

  • 2013 Commencement - cheering grads
  • Chicano Studies mural
  • Professor Jody Myers
  • Students seated in mural-covered classroom

About the College

Dr. Elizabeth A. Say

Dr. Elizabeth A. Say

With eight academic departments and seven interdisciplinary programs, the College of Humanities is the most diverse college at Cal State Northridge. The College comprises disciplines that traditionally make up the study of Humanities — including Philosophy, English and Modern & Classical Languages — while also housing the oldest and largest Chicana/o Studies Department in the United States and the only Central American Studies Program in the country. Also core to the College is a Liberal Studies Program that puts CSUN among the top three institutions in California in preparing K-6 educators for the classroom. Among the College's newest programs are minors in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and Queer Studies. In all, the College offers students over 40 major, minor and graduate degree paths, with many potential options for specialization.

Studies in the Humanities prepare students to graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing, highly diverse and internationally competitive world. Our students find career opportunities in wide-ranging fields, including the legal and medical professions, nonprofit organizations, interpreting and translating services, journalism, advertising, creative and technical writing, human resources, banking, teaching and countless others. Whether you major in Gender & Women's Studies, Religious Studies or Asian American Studies; prepare for a career in elementary education; or study in any of our other fields, what holds all our programs together is our commitment to exploring and valuing the diversities of cultures, thought, perspectives, literatures and languages of humanity.

— Dr. Elizabeth A. Say, Dean