Engineering Student and Faculty working on project

The mission of the School of Letters and Sciences is to play a formative role in every student's baccalaureate degree. As the intellectual foundation of the university, our programs encourage intellectual, professional and ethical growth in each student. We seek to cultivate habits of inquiry through collaboration, creativity, and discovery in and beyond the classroom. We view environmental stewardship, cultural awareness and political responsibility as essential to developing the problem-solving skills, scientific reasoning, and leadership qualities vital to student success in an ever changing, global community.

WASC Senior College and University Commission

The school is a WASC accredited school and is home to three departments:

Culture and Communication, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, and Sciences and Mathematics.


Graham Benton, Associate Provost and Dean for the School of Letters and Sciences


Bessie J. Alaniz, Office of the Dean for the School of Letters and Sciences