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Academic & Career Communities

Language Arts & Social Sciences

Language Arts & Social Sciences involves the development of language skills and the study of people, society and cultures. These wide-ranging humanities programs often lead to careers in teaching, research, advocacy, or social services and rely on skills of communication and critical thinking.

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Critical Pacifica Islands & Oceania Studies
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Law, Public Policy, and Society (Pre-Law)
  • Literature
  • Modern Languages (ASL, Chinese, Spanish)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Sociology

If you are an English language learner, visit the English as a Second Language (ESL) website.

Academic Pathways

Start here to learn about our different certificates and degrees, recommended course sequence, transferability, and some career options.

Contact for More Information

CSM Academic and Career Communities

(650) 574-6262

Faculty Coaches

Faculty Coaches are available to speak with current students about professional industries related to their particular major or field.

Kristi Ridgway

Kristi knew in middle school that she wanted to be a writer and teacher. She explored careers as a foreign correspondent and professor of Russian languages and literature before she graduated with her master’s degree in teaching English as a Second Language. She also holds a bachelor’s degree. She has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, professor of ESL and English, and has also served as college dean and vice president. She currently teaches ESL classes at CSM..

“Want to learn how to navigate higher ed, find your purpose, get organized, and write college essays? Let my experience help guide you!”

Kristi Ridgway

Michele Titus

Michele is a former community college transfer student with an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA. Her expertise includes agriculture, anthropology, archaeology, real estate and related areas. Michele supervises the farmworker exhibit at the San Mateo County Fair and is a licensed California real estate broker. She has done post graduate work at UC Davis, was a Stanford fellow in the area of international education, and has taught in the San Mateo County Community College District for 25 years.

“Come talk to me about a career in agriculture, anthropology, archaeology, real estate and related areas! Gain inspiration from my wide range of expertise.”

Beth LaRochelle