Dean's Message

I am very proud to be part of the School of Arts and Humanities. The School consists of ten departments and several affiliated minors and centers.  We offer three Masters degrees and skill-based certificates, in addition to Bachelors degrees from the departments. Each of our programs is unique in its own way, offering students captivating classes with engaged faculty.

The School is alive with activities and special programs: our Art Gallery shows work by up and coming and established artists, and works created by our students and faculty.  Our Music faculty and students offer dozens of performances—classical music, jazz, and rock n roll—in various venues on campus, including Weill Hall and Schroeders Recital Hall, both at the Green Music Center.  There are several Theatre and Dance productions scheduled each year in the newly remodeled Person Theater.  Our students run a radio and television station on campus, and produce a weekly newspaper, The Star.  The Sonoma Film Institute shows films that range from silent movies to avante-garde cinema.

Students learn in the arts and the humanities by doing, producing, and thinking reflectively about their world and themselves in the world.  They can do this by studying literature and studying film; they read and write about other lives and cultures; and they interact with their peers and their faculty mentors to test their ideas and imaginations in a variety of ways.  In short, our focus in the School of Arts and Humanities is on educating people to lead fulfilling, significant lives.  We provide an education that allows students to develop their ability to think and communicate, the best preparation for a changing future and for transforming the world.

On behalf of the School's dedicated faculty and staff, I invite you to explore the School of Arts and Humanities and learn how an imaginative, analytical, and interpretive education will open up career and life opportunities for you.

Thaine Stearns, Ph.D.

About the Dean