Degree Programs


  • American Multicultural Studies
    Arts & Humanities

    Learn about the importance of race and ethnicity to people living in the United States.

  • Anthropology
    Social Sciences

    Study how human beings have come to be as they are.

  • Applied Arts
    Arts & Humanities

    Get practical and theoretical training in at least three of the following arts areas: art, English, music and theatre arts.

  • Art and Art History
    Arts & Humanities

    The art history major investigates art and culture using traditional and new approaches and technologies.

  • Astronomy
    Science & Technology

    The astronomy minor studies our universe of planets, stars and galaxies.

  • Biology
    Science & Technology

    Our grads are trained to meet the biological, environmental and technological challenges of the future.

  • Business Administration
    Business & Economics

    Business Administration offers a wide selection of specialized courses designed to meet a variety of career objectives.

  • Chemistry
    Science & Technology

    Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, and how it changes.

  • Chicano and Latino Studies
    Arts & Humanities

    CALS centers on the experiences of Chicanos & Latinos in areas of contemporary American society. 

  • Communication and Media Studies
    Arts & Humanities

    An innovative program that prepares students for careers in media or for advanced graduate study.

  • Computer Science
    Science & Technology

    The study of computing devices, software that drives them, & tasks they’re capable of performing.

  • Counseling
    Social Sciences

    A program that relies heavily on interpersonal skill training & field experience.

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
    Social Sciences

    Gain an understanding of mechanisms of social control & criminal justice problems.

  • Curriculum Studies & Secondary Education
    Education

    CSSE offers a single subject teacher education preparation program.

  • Early Childhood Studies
    Education

    ECS provides students with the knowledge & skills needed to work with children in early childhood.

  • Economics
    Business & Economics

    Economics is a social science that focuses on the organization of economic systems for the production of goods & services.

  • Education
    Education

    University based programs preparing caring, knowledgeable & thoughtful leaders for California’s schools & communities.

  • Educational Leadership and Special Education
    Education

    ELSE offers preparation for educators in administration & special education.

  • Engineering Science
    Science & Technology

    The program is designed to prepare students for an exciting career in designing & manufacturing electronic systems.

  • English
    Arts & Humanities

    English familiarizes us with the written documents that define the past and give meaning & purpose to the present.

  • Environmental Studies and Planning
    Social Sciences

    ENSP is a program aimed at the analysis, management, & solution of environmental problems & issues.

  • Film Studies
    Arts & Humanities

    Students will study a broad range of film texts & learn to appreciate a variety of aesthetic & filmmaking practices.

  • Geography
    Social Sciences

    Geographers study & analyze the relationships between human activities & the natural & built environment.

  • Geology
    Science & Technology

    Geology is the study of the materials, structures, processes, & history of the earth.

  • Gerontology
    Social Sciences

    The Gerontology program prepares students for working directly with elders.

  • Global Studies
    Social Sciences

    The program prepares students for international or intercultural service through the study of other cultures.

  • History
    Social Sciences

    Students will develop research, analytical, & communication skills which can be drawn upon in a variety of careers.

  • Human Development
    Social Sciences

    This interdisciplinary liberal arts program focuses on human growth & development across the life span.

  • Hutchins School of Liberal Studies
    Arts & Humanities

    A nationally recognized leader in the movement for reform in higher education.

  • Jewish Studies
    Arts & Humanities

    In the Jewish Studies minor students will study Jewish religion, culture, & people.

  • Kinesiology
    Science & Technology

    The Kin major utilizes a comprehensive & integrative approach to examine phenomena related to all aspects of physical activity. 

  • Liberal Studies Ukiah
    Social Sciences

    SSU offers an upper-division program in Ukiah leading to a bachelor of arts in liberal studies.

  • Linguistics
    Arts & Humanities

    The linguistics minor offers grounding in general linguistic principals, together with the widest possible selection of elective courses.

  • Literacy Studies and Elementary Education
    Education

    The goal of the program is to prepare current & future educators to play a vital role in California public schools.

  • Mathematics
    Science & Technology

    The concepts of mathematics play an ever-increasing part in modern life & is a rapidly growing discipline.

  • Modern Languages and Literatures
    Arts & Humanities

    MLL teaches the languages, literatures, & cultures of France, Germany, Spain, and Latin America.

  • Music
    Arts & Humanities

    A commitment to active involvement stands at the heart of the music curriculum.

  • Native American Studies
    Arts & Humanities

    Study Native Americans through ethnography, history, sociology, & humanities.

  • Nursing
    Science & Technology

    The nursing program provides opportunities for learning using a variety of traditional & technology-mediated strategies.

  • Philosophy
    Arts & Humanities

    The philosophy degree stems from the richness of the perennial themes that are addressed in philosophical texts & discussions.

  • Physics
    Science & Technology

    The study of physics seeks to explain all the complicated phenomena in the natural world.

  • Political Science
    Social Sciences

    A program that offers opportunities for the study of government, politics, & the exercise of political power.

  • Psychology
    Social Sciences

    Psychology is the study of the mind, behavior & experience.

  • Sociology
    Social Sciences

    Sociological research attempts to improve the human condition within the context of social justice & human equality.

  • Statistics
    Science & Technology

    Curriculum is designed to give students the skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, & teaching.

  • Theatre Arts & Dance
    Arts & Humanities

    A rigorous program where students explore & share their passions & aptitudes toward the making of theatre & dance.

  • Women’s and Gender Studies
    Social Sciences

    WGS examines the experiences & opportunities of women & men in relation to race, ethnicity, class, & sexuality.

Since 1971, the American Multicultural Studies Department (AMCS) has taken an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to teaching students about the importance of race and ethnicity to people living in the United States. The AMCS Department provides students with the theoretical foundation to understand the complexity of these issues while training them to develop cultural competence, critical thinking, and leadership skills that will empower students to navigate the fast-changing multicultural and multiracial American landscape.

Programs and Concentrations

  • Bachelor of Arts in American Multicultural Studies
  • Minor in American Multicultural Studies
  • Concentration in Africana Studies
  • Film Studies Minor
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Anthropology is the broadest and most holistic of all the human sciences. Anthropologists study how human beings have come to be as they are, a physically distinct species, communicating through language, adapted to every habitat on earth, and living an amazing variety of lives. As anthropologists have become increasingly engaged with the contemporary world, they have led in the development of a global focus on how culturally different peoples interact and how humans change their customary ways of life.

Stevenson Hall 2054
(707) 664-2312

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. 

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(707) 664-2364

Art history is an interdisciplinary major, with a core of period and survey courses that provides an investigation of art and culture using both traditional and new approaches and technologies. The curriculum provides a broad overview of Western art, Asian art, and other art outside the European tradition. Our core is enhanced by periodic offerings of specialized upper-division classes that have included in-depth studies of artists, themes, and post-modern theory, and of current issues, such as gender and multiculturalism. Students should also pursue language studies that will enable them to carry out primary research. As a demonstration of mastery of skills and knowledge in the field, art history requires students to write a senior thesis, which indicates original research or interpretation.

Art Building 128
(707) 664-2364

Astronomy, offered as a minor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the study of the planets, stars, and galaxies in the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere. The fields of astronomy and astrophysics, the application of physics principles to astronomical observations, today deal with essential questions, such as the origin and nature of the “Big Bang;” the subsequent creation of matter and the chemical elements; the eventual formation and evolution of structure in the universe; and the life cycles of stars, including the tremendous explosions which are often their death knells and can lead to the formation of black holes.

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The Department of Biology offers a dynamic learning environment, exciting research and training opportunities, and intensive mentoring of students at all levels. Our distinguished faculty members are dedicated educators and active scholars who engage in primary research to address diverse topics in the biological sciences. The overall mission of our undergraduate and graduate programs is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals, and citizens so that they are prepared to meet the biological, environmental, and technological challenges of the future.

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The Department of Business Administration offers a wide selection of specialized courses designed to meet a variety of career objectives. These career objectives include, but are not limited to, management-level accounting positions in business, government, or public accounting; financial management, financial analysis and planning, investment banking, and insurance; general management, personnel, labor relations, public relations, wage and salary administration, training, and international business; advertising and promotion, product development, marketing research, and sales management; and positions in sales and management within the wine industry.

Programs and Certificates

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Concentrations in 
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Financial management
    • Marketing
    • Wine Business Strategies
  • Masterof Business Administration with a Concentration in Wine Business
  • Executive M.B.A., thorugh Special Sessions
Stevenson Hall 2042
(707) 664-2377

Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, and how it changes. An understanding of chemical principles is required to fully understand most scientific disciplines such as biology, medicine, physics, environmental science, geology, materials science, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, forensic science, most branches of engineering, and even studio art. Chemists not only study molecules that nature provides but also synthesize new molecules to be used in many of these fields.

Darwin Hall 300
(707) 664-2119

The Department of Chicano and Latino Studies (CALS) offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that centers on the experiences of Chicanos and Latinos in many areas of contemporary American society, including politics, education, literature, the arts, and religion. The focus is on gaining greater insight into the relationship between historical, social, political, and ideological circumstances and Latina/o cultures and identities. The major considers the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicanos and Latinos in the United States. Students are free to choose, based on their interests and future career plans, a particular area of emphasis in which to complete their major electives.

Programs and Concentrations

  • Bachelor of Arts in Chicano and Latino Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Track Bachelor of Arts in Chicano and Latino Studies
  • Teacher Preparation Track
  • Multiple Subjects Program
  • Minors in Chicano and Latino Studies
Nichols Hall 214
(707) 664-2486

The Communication and Media Studies major is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers in the media or for advanced graduate study. Communication and Media Studies coordinates three distinct approaches to the media: practical application, historical study, and critical analysis. Practical application combines basic training in equipment operation, communication skills, production design, organizational skills, and professional internship. Historical study focuses on the evolution of the mass media and the relationship of the mass media to society. Critical analysis explores media ethics and the analysis and evaluation of specific mediated texts using qualitative and quantitative methods.

Programs and Concentrations

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
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Computer science is the scientific study of computing devices, the software that drives them, and the computational tasks they are capable of performing. Computer scientists study both hardware and software; as with all sciences, each of these possesses both theoretical and applied components. Computing theory shares knowledge and techniques with the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics. Its applications span the range of human endeavors: the physical life and social sciences; the literary, visual, and performing arts; law; government; recreation; and virtually every sector of the commercial world.

Darwin Hall 116
(707) 664-2667

The 60-unit graduate program in counseling offers two professional training options:

  • Option I prepares students for Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and eventual licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and/or as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC);
  • Option II prepares students for the School Counseling and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (SC/PPSC).

The program relies heavily on interpersonal skill training and field experience, beginning during the first semester and culminating with an intensive supervised traineeship/field experience in some aspect of counseling, permitting the integration of theory, research, and practical application.

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The Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies major offers a liberal arts curriculum concerned with the changing nature and content of law; the shifting public expectations of criminal justice agencies; the implications of diversity along the lines of race, gender, and class; and the reactions of those agencies to social perceptions and political pressures. The student is offered an interdisciplinary, multi-methodological, academic approach to the understanding of the mechanisms of social control, resolutions of criminal justice problems, and a knowledge of accepted procedures and alternatives.

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(707) 664-2934

The Department of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education is dedicated to the advancement of excellence in education. CSSE offers an exemplary single subject teacher education preparation program based on sound educational practice, extensive research knowledge, and commitment to the needs of diverse populations. Our faculty is comprised of internationally recognized scholars from a wide variety of subject area disciplines who study and produce current research in teacher education and curriculum studies, and who are familiar with the best practices of teachers. CSSE provides many opportunities for students to be part of a high-quality teaching and learning community.

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(707) 664-3238

The Department of Early Childhood Studies offers a major in Early Childhood Studies, a minor in Early Childhood Studies and a Master of Arts in education with concentration in Early Childhood Education. Students may also use early childhood education courses to satisfy requirements for the Child Development Permit for teachers of California state-funded preschool and after-school programs.

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(707) 664 3238

Economics is a social science that focuses on the organization of economic systems for the production of goods and services and the distribution of wealth and income. The SSU Economics Department is committed to excellence in providing students an education to meet the challenges of the future in a wide variety of careers.

Stevenson Hall 2042
(707) 664-2366

The Student Services Office serves as the admissions and records center for all programs offered in the School of Education and is responsible for the recommendation of teaching and service credentials. Credentials analysts and staff are available to provide application information and credential information to prospective students, continuing students, out of state teachers/administrators, University constituents, and the University service area in general.

Stevenson Hall 1078
(707) 664-3115/2132

The Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education exists to provide state-of-the-art professional preparation for educators in the fields of educational administration and special education. The core values of the department center upon a dedication to educational excellence as a pivotal contributor to social progress. Indices of this notion of excellence include a view of schools as a crucible for an effective democracy, societal inclusivity, respect for differences in students, and an unflinching concentration on educational efficacy.

Stevenson Hall 1078
(707) 664-3115

As defined in Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, “Engineering is the science by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to [humankind].” The study of Electrical Engineering, with focus in Electronics and Communications involves learning about analog and digital electronics, microelectronic systems, micro controllers, mobile communication systems, signal processing, and the Internet.

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(707) 664-2030

English remains one of the most various, comprehensive, and liberalizing of the liberal arts. It familiarizes us with the written documents that define the past and gives meaning and purpose to the present; it investigates the sources and structure of language; it enriches our awareness of language in written and oral forms; it stirs the creative and recreative impulses; and it provides us with multiple ways to envision our world and ourselves through the study of fiction, poetry, drama, and both expository and creative non-fiction.

Programs and Concentrations

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Concentrations in 
    • Creative Writing
    • Literature
    • Secondary Teaching Preparation
  • Minor in English
  • Master of Arts in English
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ENSP offers a distinctive undergraduate program of interdisciplinary study aimed at the analysis, management, and solution of environmental problems and issues. Students and faculty work together across disciplines to develop a thorough understanding of environmental sustainability in all its dimensions. Specifically, the program combines a core education in ecology, physical science, social sciences, and the humanities with targeted coursework in an area of expertise, including energy, conservation, water, education, and planning.

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The film studies minor is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program that analyzes the theory, history, practice, and cultural significance of film. Students will study a broad range of film texts and learn to appreciate a variety of aesthetic and filmmaking practices. Through a critical examination of film, students will also learn to appreciate the moral and aesthetic values of various cultures, ethnicities, races, and nationalities. While exploring film’s connection with several cultures, students will learn to approach film and the cinema in a critical and analytical manner.

Nichols Hall 214
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Geography is the academic discipline that bridges the natural and social sciences. Geographers study and analyze the relationships between human activities and the natural and built environment. They take a multidisciplinary approach to solving real-world problems at all spatial scales, from local to global. Thus, Geography provides students with the conceptual frameworks needed to understand the complex processes shaping the world around us. It also provides students with the skills needed to help create a more sustainable and just future.

Stevenson Hall 2070
(707) 664-2194

Geology is the study of the materials, structures, processes, and history of the earth. Philosophically, it allows us to realize our place in the physical universe within the enormity of geologic time. Practically, it leads to understanding of earth processes, the formation of rocks and minerals, and the energy supplies and materials that support our civilization. A solid foundation in quantitative field and laboratory analysis provides a firm background in the principles of geology. Students take a fundamental curriculum that concentrates on the analysis of rocks and minerals, geologic mapping, and report writing. Required courses in physics, chemistry, and mathematics support understanding of geologic principles.

Darwin Hall 116
(707) 664-2334

The study of gerontology provides students with a broad, multidisciplinary perspective to examine the aging process and to understand the significance of age in biological, social, cultural, psychological, and political processes. Participation in the gerontology program encourages students to view aging as a normal part of the life cycle, to become aware of the aging process so that they may view it in others with understanding, and eventually in themselves with equanimity, and to consider work in the field of aging. 

Stevenson Hall 3075/3092
(707) 664-2586/2411

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for international or intercultural service through the study of other cultures, world history, political and economic systems, world geography and environment, cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution, and a modern language. Recognizing the increasing interdependence of the world and the global nature of contemporary issues, the major is designed to increase awareness and understanding of other cultures and systems as well as global issues, while developing the skills needed to work effectively in a global or multicultural context.

Stevenson Hall 2070
(707) 664-2194

The study of history involves the study of all human thought and action, ranging from the economic and the political to the psychological and the artistic. Combining the perspectives and methods of the social sciences and the humanities, it seeks to comprehend the problems and challenges faced by individuals and societies in the distant and recent past, nearby and far away. This understanding of the human experience provides the necessary historical perspective to explain the present.


Stevenson Hall 2070
(707) 664-2313

Bachelor of Arts in Human Development is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program that focuses on human growth and development across the life span, the underlying processes and structures that support that development, and the relationship between the individual and the complex familial, social, and cultural environments in which development is situated. The Human Development major is designed to provide students with a comprehensive grounding in complementary theoretical approaches to human development across the life span in comparative cross-species, cross-cultural, and multicultural, as well as class and gender perspectives. Students must receive a C or better in all courses applied to the major.

Stevenson Hall 2054
(707) 664-2312

A nationally recognized leader in the movement for reform in higher education, the Hutchins School has maintained its commitment to innovative pedagogy and interdisciplinary inquiry into vital issues of modern concern since its inception in 1969. The program is designed to encourage students to take themselves seriously as readers, writers, and thinkers capable of continuing their own educational process throughout their lives. The Hutchins School is an interdisciplinary school within Sonoma State University offering lower-division students an alternative CSU articulated and approved General Education program that integrates material from the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.

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study of Jewish religion, culture, and people. Jewish Studies is by its very nature an interdisciplinary field of study, blending courses from a wide range of academic disciplines and perspectives. For a minor in Jewish studies, students must take two core courses and fourteen additional elective units of courses from at least two different areas of study.

Green Music Center, 2045
(707) 664-2468

Kinesiology, as the study of human movement, utilizes a comprehensive and integrative approach to examine phenomena related to all aspects of physical activity. The curriculum offered by the Department of Kinesiology prepares graduates who can apply kinesiological principles to the acquisition, performance, and refinement of motor skills and to the use of physical activity as an educative tool and a medium for health promotion, personal well-being, and participation in an active lifestyle. The curriculum addresses human movement across the life span from biological/physical, behavioral, sociocultural, and humanistic perspectives, with attention given to the unique and common needs of all people in a wide variety of contexts and conditions.

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Sonoma State University offers an upper-division program in Ukiah leading to a bachelor of arts in liberal studies. The Liberal Studies Ukiah program offers a wide variety of courses from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, while providing a flexible major through which students may also take courses in other areas of interest. Like more traditional liberal arts majors, the Liberal Studies Ukiah major is excellent preparation for students interested in a career in teaching, the legal profession, social services, nonprofit organizations, or business, as well as graduate work in the social sciences and the humanities.

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(707) 664-2029

The fundamental concern of linguistics is with description and explanation of the interrelatedness of thinking and using language. This concern takes many forms: among others, inquiry into the nature of language as speech or signing, as knowledge, and as communication; inquiry into the history of languages and how languages change; inquiry into how language is acquired, and into the nature of language learning and teaching. The linguistics minor offers grounding in general linguistic principles, together with the widest possible selection of elective courses. Through this study plan, students are able to develop interests in particular areas of linguistics as strong complements to majors in related disciplines.

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(707) 664-2504

The Department of Literacy Studies and Elementary Education meets the needs of Kindergarten through upper elementary students and teacher credential candidates, and teachers at all levels interested in advanced studies in literacy education. The goal of SSU’s Literacy program and Multiple Subject Credential program is to prepare current and future educators to play a vital role in California public schools. The diversity of our school population in terms of culture, social class, gender, language, and race is a significant focus of our coursework and field experience.

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(707) 664 3238

Mathematics is a rapidly growing discipline whose concepts and applications play an ever-increasing part in modern life. Mathematics has always been an essential tool in the physical sciences, and has more recently been applied extensively in such diverse areas as medical and biological research, environmental studies, economics, management science, behavioral and social sciences, statistics, and computer science. Our basic curriculum is designed to give students the mathematical skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, and teaching, as well as to provide a sound background for continuation of study toward advanced degrees in mathematics, computer science, statistics, and related fields.

Darwin Hall 114
(707) 664-2368

The programs and courses of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures make accessible to students the languages, literatures, and cultures of France and the Francophone world, Germany and the German-speaking countries. and Spain and Latin America. We recognize students’ need for linguistic competency and cultural sensitivity in the multilingual, multicultural world in which they will live and work. Thus, language is taught as an integral part of its cultural context. Programs and courses are designed to complement academic work in many other fields.

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In the music curriculum, students are actively involved as listeners, performers, composers, critics, or historians. Intelligent and lively participation informs every facet of the department’s various degree programs. The core curriculum for music majors provides a thorough foundation in such essential skills as keyboard facility, theoretical understanding, aural perception, and analysis of a wide range of music literature. The curriculum is designed to place the specialized study of music in the setting of a liberal arts education and to serve as a firm basis for careers in a wide variety of professions in music and those related to music.

Green Music Center 2040
(707) 664-2324

The Native American Studies program is designed to provide a minor with a multidisciplinary approach to Native Americans through ethnography, history, sociology, and the humanities. By approaching the multiplicity of Indian cultures from a variety of academic perspectives, a deeper understanding of native societies, past and present, will emerge. The program is designed to present a variety of American Indian experiences and issues within the wider context of human history and evolution. The program is especially interested in providing teachers, community service personnel, tribal administrators, and other interested persons with useful skills in dealing with indigenous/native communities.

Programs and Concentrations

  • Minor in Native American Studies
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The Department of Nursing provides a foundation for lifelong learning and graduate nurses who practice within a broad cultural perspective, affirm intellectual and aesthetic achievements as a part of the human experience, develop professional leadership, foster flexibility and resilience, and contribute to the health and well-being of the world at large. The Department of Nursing recognizes nursing as a nurturing response, based upon a blend of art and science, occurring within a subjective and objective environment with the aim of developing the well-being of both nurse and client (client as individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

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(707) 664-2465

In its historical dimensions, an education in philosophy gives the student a nuanced appreciation of the wide array of conceptual systems that human beings have employed to deal with questions concerning reality, justice, truth, morality, and the meaning of life. In its analytical and critical dimensions, philosophy trains one to detect and avoid errors in thinking. Such training involves special emphasis on the logical use of language, the analysis of concepts, and the ability to critique and construct extended arguments.

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(707) 664-2163

Physics is the most fundamental of all the scientific disciplines. Ranging from the applied to the abstract, from the infinitesimal to the infinite, and from quarks to the cosmos, the study of physics seeks to explain all the complicated phenomena in the natural world by providing a description of these phenomena in terms of a few basic principles and laws. Physicists also use their knowledge of fundamental principles to solve concrete problems.

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The political science program at SSU offers excellent opportunities for the study of government, politics and the exercise of political power. More than 40 courses cover all the major aspects of the discipline. Students develop an understanding of broad, philosophical questions as they relate to politics. They learn to discuss and analyze critically U.S. political institutions and the many public policy issues facing the United States and the world. They are taught how to analyze and understand world affairs and international relations. They are taught how to evaluate and compare political phenomena across different countries.

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(707) 664-2179

Psychology is the study of mind, behavior and experience. From this foundation, psychologists have developed sub-disciplines that address many diverse aspects of human experience. Psychology is a field that requires one to apply focused knowledge, abilities, and skills in order to solve human problems. It is an extremely diverse field that attracts people with a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and skills.

Programs and Concentrations

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Psychology through Special Sessions in Depth Psychology
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(707) 664-2411

Sociological research attempts to improve the human condition within the context of a strong tradition of social justice and human equality. Society shapes attitudes, goals, hopes and aspirations, and personal preferences. Society affects individuals, groups, and entire nations. Yet at the same time that society is shaping the individual, the individual is shaping society. In order to understand oneself and others, the world, and the future, one has to understand society. Sociology is the discipline that studies groups and societies—what they are, how they got that way, and what impact they have.

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(707) 664-2561

Statistics has long been an essential tool in the physical sciences and has more recently been applied extensively in such diverse areas as medical and biological research, environmental studies, management science, behavioral and social sciences, and economics. Our basic curriculum is designed to give students the skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, and teaching. In addition, these degrees will provide a sound background for continuation of study toward advanced degrees in statistics, or a quantitative foundation for graduate school in disciplines such as business, economics, biology, or other fields.

Darwin Hall 114
(707) 664-2368

The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance provides a rigorous and nurturing learning context where students explore and share their passions and aptitudes toward the making of theatre and dance. Through a rich set of courses, a wide range of performance styles and opportunities, personal contact with faculty and guest artists, focused and comprehensive individual advising, and a supporting and caring staff, SSU theatre arts and dance majors and minors gain a deep impression of ensemble and individual creativity, and a lasting sense of community.

Ives Hall 207
(707) 664-2474

Women’s and gender studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary major that examines the experiences and opportunities of women and men in relation to race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. WGS places gender in specific cultural and historical contexts in relation to families, communities, and nations. In addition, feminist scholarship in recent years has inspired a vast array of work on those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Uniting inquiry in women’s and gender studies is the effort to understand and explain the inequalities between and among men and women and to envision change.

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(707) 664-2840