Dean's Message

March 17, 2020
Hollis Robbins, Dean

Hollis Robbins, Dean

As you may know, we are in the midst of transitioning to remote teaching and learning for all A&H courses beginning March 24 to ensure continuity of instruction in the face of great uncertainty about the health and safety of our community. You’ve picked an interesting time to learn about our faculty and our school—the state of Arts & Humanities is, under the circumstances, quite good!

I am thrilled that our extraordinary faculty have found modalities to ensure that our students will continue learning about dance, ensemble acting and singing, ceramics, photography, environmental films and Latina filmmakers, ethnic literature, gender and social justice—all remotely. We are using every platform and innovative technology we can find to reach, connect with, and engage with students in new ways. I have never been so proud of our faculty, staff, and students as we rise to the challenge of delivering education, the primary mission of every university. 

During these challenging and unsettled weeks, my primary goal is supporting faculty, staff, and students as we adjust to the new realities of physical distance. We are taking care of ourselves, our families, and our communities; we are adjusting our expectations about what the semester promised to focus on the current reality. Never have issues of access, equity, fairness, and concern for others been so real. Circumstances have changed: A&H faculty will provide the best educational experience possible and excellence will manifest itself in new and unexpected ways.

If you are here because you are considering an Arts or Humanities degree at Sonoma State, welcome! We offer majors in Art, Music, Philosophy, American Multicultural Studies, Theatre Arts & Dance, Modern Languages & Literatures, English, Chicano & Latinx Studies, Communications & Media Studies, and Liberal Studies. And we can do it, if we need to, remotely!

Whether in person or by new modalities from a distance, majoring in an Arts & Humanities field is best education for students in a world of fast technological change. All around us in the Bay Area, new products are being developed that help human beings connect. Our focus on human expression, on art and culture, provides our students a fundamental understanding of technology as a fully human endeavor. Even as we are teaching from a distance, we are focusing on the human. And I have never been more proud.

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