A Message from the Associate Dean

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to California State University, Los Angeles’ College of Arts and Letters web site!  Here at CSULA we are very proud of the many outstanding programs offered in our college. Our programs are of the highest quality and are designed to provide a variety of experiences that will enrich your program of study. We are also proud of our outstanding faculty and their many professional activities. What makes Cal State LA so unique is the personal care and attention we give to every student. We value the many rich life experiences our students bring to the classroom that enhance the educational experience.

At Cal State LA, we recognize that a crucial component to student success is access to academic advising. As the Associate Dean, it is my responsibility to ensure that all students have access to academic advisors who will answer questions and provide assistance in negotiating university policies and procedures. There are a variety of advisement resources available on the campus. The University Academic Advisement Center , located in Room 1040A of the Palmer Wing of the Kennedy Library is available for questions regarding the GE program and general university requirements. Students with undeclared majors may begin their conversations about career paths there.

In the College of Arts and Letters we have department advisors to assist with questions about your specific major. A list of the departmental advisors may be found on the college web site under Academic Advisement Frequently Asked Questions. The departmental advisors will assist in setting up your program, assist with transfer student questions and concerns, and process graduation applications. You also may begin conversations with them regarding career paths in your major.

As the Associate Dean, in addition to coordinating advisement for the College, I administer student affairs related issues including student administrative processes, and I also serve as the college Graduate Dean. My door is always open to students and my goal is to make your experience here productive and rewarding. 

Once again, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Cal State LA!

Lena Chao, Associate Dean
lenacyou@calstatela.edu
MUS 231 (323) 343-4004