Welcome to the School of Arts & Humanities where we study the past, engage the present and create the future!
In the short term, our faculty and students are meeting online to provide a transformative education under unexpected circumstances. We take pride in the close attention our students get from our exceptional faculty — in normal times this would take place in classrooms, in studios, on the stage, in practice rooms and ensemble settings, and in one-on-one exchanges. Now, we continue this mentoring virtually.
As always, our departments offer a variety of degree programs, including a range of Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Music, several minors and three Master of Arts degrees. In addition, students can earn skill-based certificates that supplement their degrees. Our faculty members are award-winning teachers who are also leaders in their fields. Students learn by making, performing and by reflecting on life-changing ideas making the School of Arts and Humanities alive with performances, exhibitions and productions. These kinds of experiences provide the proficiencies that employers are seeking in numerous and varied fields. Perform, think critically and excel in the School of Arts and Humanities.
Arts & Humanities Celebrates Social Justice
First and foremost, Sonoma State University is a university and is home to world class faculty with an extraordinary breadth and depth of scholarship on the politics and realities of race in America, In the last five years alone, books including Megan Burke’s unflinching and revelatory When Time Warps: The Lived Experience of Gender, Race, and Sexual Violence (2019), Mike Ezra’s collection The Economic Civil Rights Movement: African Americans and the Struggle for Economic Power (2015), my own Penguin Portable African American Women Writers (2017), Greg Sarris’s How a Mountain Was Made (2017), Kim Hester-Williams’s celebrated Racial Ecologies (2018), Hillary Homzie's Ellie May on Presidents' Day, Anne Goldman's collection on Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton (2004) along with her upcoming collection of essays Stargazing in the Atomic Age (2021) have been published and praised. Our faculty are continuing to produce knowledge that strengthens and deepens our grasp of the past to prepare students to create world more just and balanced and strengthened. With books reaching back more than a decade, Sonoma State faculty have made social and racial justice the centerpiece of their scholarly focus.