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School of Arts and Humanities

William Babula

School Office
Nichols Hall 380
707 664-2146

American Multicultural Studies
Chicano and Latino Studies
Communication Studies
Foreign Languages
Hutchins School of Liberal Studies
Theatre Arts

This diverse school strives to combine education in the arts and humanities with student career goals. In the arts, instructional programs include applied arts, studio art, creative writing, music and theatre arts. Programs in the humanities include American multicultural studies, art history, California cultural studies, English, global studies, modern languages and literatures, communication studies, Chicano and Latino studies, Native American studies and philosophy. The School of Arts and Humanities also houses the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies and a variety of pre-law programs.

The Hutchins School, American Multicultural Studies, and the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies offer subject matter preparation programs for students who intend to enter teaching credential programs and to teach in elementary schools. Several departments and programs, including Art, English, Spanish, Chicano and Latino Studies, and Music, offer subject matter preparation programs that lead to secondary, or single subject, teaching credential programs. Several of these departments offer integrated programs that allow incoming first year students to achieve both a bachelor's degree and a teaching credential in four to four and a half years. The English Department offers M.A. work in literature, creative writing, the teaching of writing, and writing for the media.

The school also oversees the Center for Performing Arts, which features Music and Theatre Arts departmental productions as well as guest artists; the Art Gallery, with nationally recognized shows and exhibits; the Sonoma Film Institute; the Writers Lecture Series, which has brought such individuals as Tom Wolfe and Edward Albee; KSUN, the campus radio station; the Sonoma State Star, the student weekly newspaper; Detour Sonoma, the SSU video program; Zaum, the campus literary journal; Volt, a nationally-distributed literary journal; the Hutchins Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning; and the Center for the Study of Latino Families and Children.

The school faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and a strong academic advising program. Special emphasis is given to programs that combine traditional arts and humanities majors with career-oriented minors; such programs include art with business, modern languages with international studies, music with recording and computer theory, American multicultural studies with criminal justice administration and business, among others. Supporting career goals while building upon the arts and humanities, the school provides an education that allows students to develop their ability to think critically and communicate clearly, the best preparation for a changing and challenging technological future.

School of Business and Economics

Ahmad Hosseini

Business Administration, Economics

The School of Business and Economics prepares students for professional careers in business and economics by offering degrees and coursework that incorporate an under-standing of the theories, procedures and practices of management. Students are ex- posed to alternative viewpoints concerning the analysis of organizational problems, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Emphasis is placed upon the role and responsibilities of decision makers within a complex and ever-changing environment.

The School of Business and Economics includes the departments of business administration and economics. The business administration major provides students with a broad program of study that involves an integrative set of required core courses, a field of concentration for focus in a sub-discipline, and a choice of electives.

Economics majors receive a firm foundation of undergraduate study that serves as sound preparation for graduate school as well as professional careers in economics.

The undergraduate programs of the School of Business and Economics are intended, principally, for those seeking entry into the professional fields in business. The MBA program is designed for those individuals interested in professional advancement through the intensive study of business at the postbaccalaureate level.

Within the School of Business and Economics, several organizations exist to serve special needs. The Wine Business Education Program provides world-class, cutting edge business solutions for the wine industry. The Entrepreneurship Center is a new addition to the School as of 2001 and addresses the educational needs of existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in our service area.

The Center of Regional Economic Analysis provides high quality research, data, and analysis for local industry and governments. The center, reactivated as of 2001, produces and disseminates new information in the general area of economic research and specific areas of business economics, economic development, and fiscal policy.

The Sonoma Economic Forum is a partnership of representatives from organizations in both the public and private sectors. Each year, the forum hosts a large conference and discussion examining and analyzing economic issues.

School of Education

Phyllis Fernlund

Credentials Office
Stevenson Hall 3007
707 664-2581

School Office
Stevenson Hall 3004,
707 664-3115/2132

Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education
Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Educational Leadership and Special Education
Reading, Language and Culture

The School of Education is a professional school dedicated to the education of new and experienced teachers, administrators and other school specialists. Programs in the School of Education prepare students for basic teaching credentials in multiple subject (elementary), single subject (middle level/secondary), and special education; specialist credentials in early childhood education, reading/language and special education; service credentials in administration; and a variety of certificates. All credential programs are fully accredited by the California Commission in Teacher Credentialing.
Sonoma State students may begin their Education coursework as undergraduates or postbaccalaureate students. Integrated and blended programs are available for undergraduate students who decide they want to become teachers early in their college experience. In these programs students camplete both their B.A. and teaching credential in four years. Integrated programs are available for both elementary and secondary school candidates. Exploratory courses such as EDUC 250, Teaching in a Changing World, or tutoring and community service projects, offer undergraduate students the opportunity to explore a career in teaching in today's schools. The Teacher Recruitment and Information Center provides information on these undergraduate programs.
The School of Education offers an M.A. degree in Education with concentrations in educational administration; curriculum, teaching and learning; early childhood education; reading and language education; and special education. While School of Education programs are designed primarily for positions in public schools, students receive preparation that is applicable to a variety of non-teaching positions in education or related human service fields in both the public and private sectors.
University coursework and field experiences provide rich learning opportunities for students in all programs to develop into thoughtful, reflective teachers, administrators, and other education specialists. Coursework in the School of Education centers primarily on the complex interaction of learning and teaching in the context of diverse California schools. Current educational theory and research provide the underpinnings of course and program offerings, with implications for practice drawn both from theory and the realities of life in classrooms and schools. All programs include substantive time for students to be in schools in student teaching and internship roles. Students in basic credential programs begin field experience prior to entry into the program and continue throughout each phase of the program, culminating in full-time student teaching during the final semester.
The School of Education is actively engaged in partnerships with the PK-12 schools. Field experiences place students in collaborative teams involving classroom teachers and school administrators, other student teachers/interns and university faculty. Each member of the team works toward the goal of student success in the completion of their program. Each year the school recruits qualified teachers and administrators from the field who join the faculty as Educators in Residence for one to two years. The School of Education works closely with area schools and school districts through the creation of professional development schools and other partnerships that allow for sustained university-school relationships and on-site preparation programs.
Sonoma State offers a strong foundation for the well-educated teacher. School of Education faculty collaborate with faculty in other departments and schools across the university in subject matter preparation, pedagogy, and field experiences.

School of Science and Technology

Saeid Rahimi

School Office
Darwin Hall 123
707 664-2171

Computer and Engineering Science
Computer Science
Physics and Astronomy

The curriculum offered in the School of Science and Technology meets the professional needs of students planning a career in sciences, mathematics, nursing, kinesiology, and computer science. The school also covers the needs of students in the schools of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Economics, and Education. Many of the general education courses offered in the school are directly beneficial to the students of other schools.

Students with career goals in fields such as business, management, law, and urban planning may find courses in mathematics, statistics, or computing essential to their future. In addition, the School of Science and Technology offers a rich selection of studies that can enhance a student's entire life. Courses in kinesiology, astronomy, biology, geology, and computer science can provide a basis for lifelong pursuits and enrichment.

Students preparing for careers in science, mathematics, or the health professions may follow quality programs in any of the school's nine departments and programs. Students interested in medical, dental, veterinary, and other graduate schools in the health professions may enroll in any of the science departments to complete their undergraduate work. Sonoma State pre-health students' success rates are well above national averages.

The Nursing Department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Since the department enjoys a close relationship with the health community within the service area, students are provided with a variety of clinical opportunities in the hospital setting and other health care agencies prior to completion of their program. Many nursing graduate courses are delivered by distance learning methods and a significant number of nursing graduate students live and study outside Sonoma County.

The school's dedicated faculty of professional scientists, mathematicians, and health professionals are proud of the education they provide and of the accomplishments of their students. Graduates have established excellent records; some have earned national awards, many have earned advanced degrees, and virtually all have found excellent employment opportunities.

The four master's programs in biology, computer and engineering science, kinesiology, and nursing provide graduate students with a wide variety of opportunities ranging from research to clinical studies. In certain departments, graduate students are also provided with teaching or research assistantships. Sonoma State University is surrounded by many high tech industries and centers, which include telecommunications, electronics, optics, biotechnology, and bioinformatics. In addition to our resident faculty, a number of scientists and engineers from our local high tech industry participate in exciting graduate and undergraduate research activities in the school.

Millions of dollars have been invested in the school's new Engineering Science laboratories. The new laboratories, featuring the newest technological instrumentation, are available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering science, geology, and physics.

School of Social Sciences

Elaine Leeder

School Office
Stevenson Hall 2078
707 664-2112

Criminal Justice Administration
Environmental Studies and Planning
Liberal Studies (Ukiah)
Political Science
Women's and Gender Studies

The social sciences are intimately concerned with human behavior in all its complexity and with the many kinds of social relationships that influence us as we grow and change as unique individuals throughout our lives. To comprehend adequately the state of the human condition, the interaction of people and environment — past, present, and future — must be examined. Social scientists are interested in discovering the ways people are affected by their associations with various human groups, both large and small, including the multiplicity of organizations and institutions that characterize modern society. Through the social sciences, the history of social institutions and the continuing process of social change are studied.

The School of Social Sciences at Sonoma State encompasses a particularly interesting combination of departments and programs. A student can choose from a variety of opportunities, ranging from the core of “traditional” social science fields with an emphasis on applications (anthropology, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology), to various cross-disciplinary programs (environmental studies and planning, gerontology, linguistics, women's and gender studies, and human development), to programs with a professional emphasis (counseling, criminal justice administration, Teaching English as a Second Language, and public administration).

The school also coordinates the Social Science Single Subject Preparation Program and oversees several respected centers and institutes, including the Anthropological Studies Center, the California Institute on Human Services, the Center for Holocaust Studies, the Center for Pan-Pacific

Exchange, the Geographic Information Center, and the Institute for Community Planning Assistance. These centers and institutes generate the vast majority of contracts and grants that come to the University and provide hundreds of paid student internships in a large variety of funded projects.

All social science programs permit enough flexibility to allow students to select some sciences, and in some cases students make arrangements to carry two majors. Students in the social sciences have opportunities to study with faculty who are working in a wide spectrum of interests, including such areas as human services, demography, multicultural education, and energy studies.

At Sonoma State, a special working relationship between the liberal arts and sciences and professional social science fields has been developed. The University's goal is to teach students to become sensitive and skilled leaders who will strive toward the achievement of a more enlightened and egalitarian society.

School of Extended Education

Interim Dean
Les Adler
School Office
Stevenson Hall 1012
707 664-2394

The School of Extended Education complements the University's mission by providing quality, lifelong educational opportunities that meet community needs. Extended Education programs offer resources for preparing for new careers, for updating professional skills and meeting relicensure requirements, for broadening personal interests, and for academic achievement through degree and certificate programs. Included are:

Professional Certificate Programs
Attorney Assistant
Conflict Resolution
Construction Management
Educational Technology
Human Resource Management
Management and Supervision
Meeting Management
Training the Trainer
Web Publishing

Professional Series
Professional Skill Builders Online
Technical Communications
Web Publishing

Post-M.A. Certificate Programs
Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's in Art Therapy

Special Programs

EXCEL: a spring and summer program for talented young students grades 4-10;

Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI): a program of intellectually stimulating courses taught by distinguished emeritus faculty and regional experts for people age 50 or older;

Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) an intensive English program which prepares international students and foreign residents for successful academic study and careers;

TraveLearn: “learning vacations” with first class accommodations, knowledgeable escorts, local and national guides to destinations such as Egypt, China, Greece, Kenya, Antarctica, and more.

Degree Programs
Liberal Studies B.A. Degree Completion
Interdisciplinary M.A.:

M.A. in Psychology
  • Organization Development
  • Art Therapy
  • Humanistic/Transpersonal
  • Depth Psychology
    M.S. in Computer and Engineering Science
    M.S. in Nursing

    Continuing Education for the Professions

    Coursework is offered each semester that fulfills continuing education requirements for attorneys, paralegals, licensed psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and teachers.

    Summer Term

    University Summer Term offers university credit coursework during a nine-week period with sessions of three, four, and six weeks, featuring general education, major requirements, and other courses required for graduation. In addition to certificate program offerings, Summer Extension presents a large selection of professional development coursework for educators and mental health clinicians. A special feature is EXCEL, a unique program for young people grades 4-10, offering a variety of academic, technical, and creative subjects to augment traditional offerings during the school year.

    January Intersession

    Extended Education offers a three-week intensive program during the break between fall and spring semesters featuring a selection of university courses.

    Open University

    Through Open University, also known as Concurrent Enrollment, students may enroll without formal admission in resident courses offered at the University. Students are encouraged whenever possible to apply for acceptance into the resident program, but Open University may be available to those for whom such enrollment is not possible or appropriate, such as:

    Registration fees are the same for in-state and out-of-state residents. Up to 24 units of academic credit taken through Open University may be applied toward a bachelor's degree, and up to 9 units may be applied toward a master's degree.

    Complete program information is published each semester in the Extended Education catalog and on the Web at Free copies, as well as brochures detailing the many specialized programs, are available in Extended Education.

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