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Applied Arts

Program offered:
Minor in Applied Arts

Program Advisors and Offices
Jeff Langley / Performing Arts
Ives Hall 207
707 664-4404

Tim Wandling / English Department
Nichols Hall 362
707 664-2140

Bob Nugent / Art Department
Art Building 128
707 664-2364 Course Plan

The applied arts curriculum provides practical and theoretical training in at least three of the following arts areas: art, English (with an emphasis on creative writing), music, and theatre arts (drama and/or dance). The minor is intended for students interested in acquiring a broad background in the arts, but is particularly appropriate for liberal studies majors who intend to complete the Multiple Subject Credential Program. The applied arts minor provides these students with practical skills appropriate to their future work as classroom teachers at the elementary grade level.

Minor in Applied Arts

The minor in applied arts consists of 18 units. At least 6 of these units must be upper division. To fulfill the minor, students are expected to complete 9 units of activity courses (3 units in each of three fields selected from art, English, music, and theatre arts), as well as a concentration consisting of 9 additional units in one of three fields.

Activity Courses

Select three fields from the following four (art, English, music, and theatre arts) and complete 3 units in each field selected.


ArtS 202-298 (Any beginning-level faculty-instructed studio course) (2-4)


ENGL 342 Children's Literature (3)
ENGL 343 Youth and Literature (3)
One literary genre course selected from the following:
ENGL 367 Introduction to Short Story (3)
ENGL 369 Introduction to Poetry (3)
ENGL 371 Introduction to Novel (3)
ENGL 373 Introduction to Drama (3)


MUS 400 Music for the Classroom (3)
Any combination of the following, to total 3 units:
MUS 105 Fundamentals (3)
MUS 325 SSU Chorus (1-2). May be repeated for credit.
MUS 115/415 Class Instruction in Voice (1)

Theatre Arts

THAR 101 The Art of Theatre (3)
THAR 300 Theatre in Action (3)
THAR 460 Drama for Children (2) and
THAR 120A Beginning Acting (2)
THAR 470 Dance for Children (2) and
THAR 110 Dance Fundamentals (1)
Total units in activity courses 9
Concentration Courses
To earn the minor in applied arts, students must also complete a 9-unit concentration in one of the three fields previously selected. The following are concentration courses:


ArtS 400 Art in the Classroom (3)
ArtH 210 or 211 Introduction to Art History (3)
ArtS Additional activity courses (3)


Any three upper-division creative writing courses, including at least two genres, and ENGL 342 or 343 if not taken previously.


MUS 400 Music for the Classroom (3) (if not taken previously)
MUS 250 Survey of European Music (3)
MUS 350 Survey of World Music (3)
MUS 323 Chamber Singers (2)
MUS 324 Sonoma County Bach Choir (1-2)
MUS 325 SSU Chorus (1-2)
MUS 326 Classical Guitar Ensemble (1-2)
MUS 327 Wind Ensemble (1-2)
MUS 329 Chamber Music Workshop (1-2)
MUS 330 Music Theatre Production (1-3)
MUS 379 Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (1-2)
MUS 391 Concert Jazz Ensemble (1-2)
MUS 396 Vocal Jazz Ensemble (1-2)

Theatre Arts

THAR 102 Introduction to the History of Theatre:
Drama and Dance A (3) or
THAR 103 Introduction to the History of Theatre:
Drama and Dance B (3)
THAR 300 Theatre in Action (3)
THAR 301 Dance Ensemble Workshop (3)
THAR 302 Drama Ensemble Workshop (3)
THAR 110 Dance Fundamentals (1)
THAR An appropriate selection of technique courses
chosen in consultation with an advisor (3)
Total units in concentration 9
Total units in the minor 18

Students embarking on the applied arts minor are expected to develop and file a contract indicating the courses they wish to take to fulfill the minor. Certain course substitutions to the above-stated requirements may be allowed with sufficient justification and approval of the student's advisor and department chair, both of whom will be members of the department of the student's concentration.

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