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Raul H. Castro Social and Behavioral Sciences Building

The Liberal Arts Building opened in 1972 as part of the South Academic Center (SAC). The cluster campus concept created separate academic centers that functioned independently within the university. By 1976, the SAC was fully functional. However, after a few semesters the concept fell apart because students and faculty felt isolated from departments and activities. The university soon integrated South Campus into the overall institution.

In 2008, Northern Arizona University renamed the building the Raul Castro Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) to honor Raul H. Castro, Arizona's only Latino governor. Castro graduated from Arizona State Teacher's College at Flagstaff in 1939. SBS houses classrooms, an auditorium, several departments in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Institutes of Civic Service and Family Violence.