A Message From the Dean

Welcome to the College of Arts & Letters at California State University, Los Angeles, a diverse and vibrant community committed to nurturing humanists and artists, and providing a broad liberal arts education to all Cal State LA students.

The College of Arts & Letters is home to nationally acclaimed undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, visual and media arts, and performing arts that are housed in state-of-the-art facilities. Our eight uniquely designed departments offer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Masters of Arts, Masters of Music, and Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Theatre & Dance, Philosophy, and Television, Film & Media Studies.

Located in the entertainment capital of the world, our students have access to world-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 and students.

Peter A. McAllister
Dean, College of Arts & Letters
California State University, Los Angeles


Peter McAllister with John TravoltaPeter McAllister thanking John Travolta for the $50,000 2012 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award to Cal State LA for student film projects, alongside Steven Spielberg and HFPA President and Cal State LA Professor Emeritus Aida O'Reilly.


Peter McAllister with Midori and Robert McDonald​Midori (violinist) with Peter McAllister and Robert McDonald (pianist partner to Midori and Isaac Stern)

Peter McAllister with Tokyo String QuartetThe Tokyo String Quartet with Peter McAllister