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College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., MB 1501
Hayward, CA 94542
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(510) 885-3161

Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F

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Dean's Message

Welcome to the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Portrait picture of Kathleen Rountree

CLASS (as the College is known around campus) is a world of many activities that involve thousands of students and hundreds of faculty, as well as guest performers, artists, and lecturers. In addition to traditional academic departments, the College includes galleries, institutes, centers, and museums, and its activities span scholarship and research, community outreach, and performance. CLASS is a collection of distinctly individual departments, majors, and faculty experts, featuring an enormous array of courses and degree programs, in addition to scores of activities for both the on-campus student and the community.

Our 38 degrees engage students in classes and projects that examine our world and society through the study of the humanities, arts, and social sciences.  Classes are filled with active learning including creative and analytic writing, stage performances, presentations, and works of art.  Majors in professional programs engage in both theory and practice in preparation for careers dedicated to solving societal problems.

We serve all of the University’s students. Numerous CLASS courses are required of every student to ensure a strong foundation in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, and the ability to write clearly and think critically. These skills empower graduates to fill important roles as professionals, citizens, and community members – informing, enhancing, and enriching our world. 

On these web pages you will find detailed information about degrees, departments, faculty, events, and programs. Whether you seek a degree or are looking for an opportunity to attend a concert, lecture or event, I am confident you will find it within CLASS.

Kathleen Rountree
Dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

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