Programs & Initiatives

School of Arts and Humanities

The School of Arts & Humanities proudly announces the implementation, this Fall, of its latest curricular innovation, SYRCE, Second Year Research & Creative Experience, designed to deliver quality General Education in the area C2, "Literature, Philosophy, & Values." SYRCE  seeks to foster collaboration, creativity, research, modeling, and mentoring amongst students and faculty alike in an effort to engage the whole student in all of us.

The 250 students enrolled in the course meet in Schroeder's Hall on Tuesdays to attend a series of lectures by ten different faculty members taking turns exploring and providing a multi-disciplinary approach to the chosen topic of the year: 1848, for academic year 2014-2015. On Thursdays, students meet in discipline-specific seminars of 25 to debrief the weekly lectures, explore more discipline-specific material, and workshop semester projects ranging from traditional research paper to live performances, installations, exhibitions, and all sorts of other, less traditional academic products conceived to engage students in research in a variety of creative ways. The experience culminates at the end of the semester in a symposium held in the Green Music Center, where students showcase their accomplishments.

For more information, visit the SYRCE website

School of Science and Technology

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the School of Science and Technology will also be piloting its Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) initiative. More information about SYE in the School of Science and Technology (SST) will be available summer 2014, so keep an eye open to learn about SYE opportunities in SST and SSU, and a Welcome Back event to kick off the new semester.

School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences is pleased to announce the continued piloting of its Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) initiative in 2014-2015. More Information is available in the Summer 2013 School of Social Sciences Newsletter and the Sonoma State University News Center.

SSCI 299 Sophomore Seminar: How to Think Like a Social Scientist

What is a social scientist? How does the study of human beings and societies provide tools for understanding contemporary politics, relationships, and the world around us?  How does it help make us better citizens?  Students in this course, working with faculty from the School of Social Sciences, will learn to ask questions, consider evidence, analyze data, and recognize theories and methods that social scientists use to address a wide array of problems and topics.

Join this class to meet fellow sophomores who share your interests in people and society,  understand how GE classes in the Social Sciences fit together, and prepare for a major or minor in the Social Sciences (Anthropology, CCJS, ENSP, Geography, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, WGS).  Non-majors (or possible majors) welcome!

For more details regarding SSCI 299, please visit the School of Social Sciences SYE Pilot Program page.