American Multicultural StudiesArts & Humanities
Learn about the importance of race and ethnicity to people living in the United States.
Study how human beings have come to be as they are.
Applied ArtsArts & Humanities
Get practical and theoretical training in at least three of the following arts areas: art, English, music and theatre arts.
Art HistoryArts & Humanities
The Art History program teaches students to think critically about art & visual culture.
Art StudioArts & Humanities
Students will develop the ability to create, analyze, interpret, and evaluate art.
AstronomyScience & Technology
The astronomy minor studies our universe of planets, stars and galaxies.
Audio and Recording ProductionExtended & International
The program teaches students about music recording & production in a studio setting.
Bachelor's Degree CompletionExtended & International
Take a hybrid BA degree completion program at SSU or a partnering campus.
BiologyScience & Technology
Our grads are trained to meet the biological, environmental and technological challenges of the future.
Business AdministrationBusiness & Economics
Business Administration offers a wide selection of specialized courses designed to meet a variety of career objectives.
Career Development SkillsExtended & International
Learn a proactive approach to designing your career.
ChemistryScience & Technology
Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, and how it changes.
Chicano and Latino StudiesArts & Humanities
CALS centers on the experiences of Chicanos & Latinos in areas of contemporary American society.
Communication and Media StudiesArts & Humanities
An innovative program that prepares students for careers in media or for advanced graduate study.
Computer ScienceScience & Technology
The study of computing devices, software that drives them, & tasks they’re capable of performing.
Construction ManagementExtended & International
Education and training is provided for people interested in advancing in the construction industry.
Craft Beer AppreciationExtended & International
This program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the beer industry.
Criminology and Criminal Justice StudiesSocial Sciences
Gain an understanding of mechanisms of social control & criminal justice problems.
Curriculum Studies & Secondary EducationEducation
CSSE offers a single subject teacher education preparation program.
Early Childhood EducationExtended & International
The ECE Certificate is a one-year online program designed for working professionals.
Early Childhood StudiesEducation
ECS provides students with the knowledge & skills needed to work with children in early childhood.
EconomicsBusiness & Economics
A social science that focuses on the organization of economic systems for the production of goods & services & the distribution of wealth & income.
University based programs preparing caring, knowledgeable & thoughtful leaders for California’s schools & communities.
Educational Leadership and Special EducationEducation
ELSE offers preparation for educators in administration & special education.
Engineering ScienceScience & Technology
The program is designed to prepare students for an exciting career in designing & manufacturing electronic systems.
EnglishArts & Humanities
English familiarizes us with the written documents that define the past and give meaning & purpose to the present.
Environmental Studies and PlanningSocial Sciences
ENSP is a program aimed at the analysis, management, & solution of environmental problems & issues.
Film StudiesArts & Humanities
Students will study a broad range of film texts & learn to appreciate a variety of aesthetic & filmmaking practices.
FrenchArts & Humanities
This program enables students to attain an advanced level of competency in speaking, listening, reading, & writing.
Geographers study & analyze the relationships between human activities & the natural & built environment.
GeologyScience & Technology
Geology is the study of the materials, structures, processes, & history of the earth.
GermanArts & Humanities
German helps students understand themselves as participants in their own culture & to also understand U.S. history & culture.
The study of gerontology provides students with a broad perspective to examine the aging process.
Global StudiesSocial Sciences
The program prepares students for international or intercultural service through the study of other cultures.
The study of history involves the study of all human thought & action, ranging from the economic & political to the psychological & artistic.
Human DevelopmentSocial Sciences
This interdisciplinary liberal arts program focuses on human growth & development across the life span.
Human Resource ManagementExtended & International
Learn how to successfully manage the human resources in a complex business environment.
Hutchins School of Liberal StudiesArts & Humanities
A nationally recognized leader in the movement for reform in higher education.
Jewish StudiesArts & Humanities
In the Jewish Studies minor students will study Jewish religion, culture, & people.
KinesiologyScience & Technology
This program utilizes a comprehensize & integrative approach to examine phenomena related to all aspects of physical activity.
Liberal Studies UkiahSocial Sciences
SSU offers an upper-division program in Ukiah leading to a bachelor of arts in liberal studies.
LinguisticsArts & Humanities
The linguistics minor offers grounding in general linguistic principals, together with the widest possible selection of elective courses.
Literacy Studies and Elementary EducationEducation
The goal of the program is to prepare current & future educators to play a vital role in California public schools.
Maker CertificateExtended & International
A program designed for people seeking to lead maker activities in certain institutions and organizations.
MathematicsScience & Technology
The concepts of mathematics play an ever-increasing part in modern life & is a rapidly growing discipline.
MusicArts & Humanities
A commitment to active involvement stands at the heart of the music curriculum.
Native American StudiesArts & Humanities
Study Native Americans through ethnography, history, sociology, & humanities.
NursingScience & Technology
The nursing program provides opportunities for learning using a variety of traditional & technology-mediated strategies.
Nursing Post-Master's FNPExtended & International
A two-year program designed for nurses who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing.
Nursing Transition into PracticeExtended & International
A program designed to facilitate the introduction of new graduates into clinical practice.
Online Learning CenterExtended & International
Professional development courses are offered online in partnership with Ed2Go.
PhilosophyArts & Humanities
The philosophy degree stems from the richness of the perennial themes that are addressed in philosophical texts & discussions.
PhysicsScience & Technology
The study of physics seeks to explain all the complicated phenomena in the natural world.
Political ScienceSocial Sciences
This program offers excellent opportunities for the study of government, politics & the exercise of political power.
Professional Social MediaExtended & International
Professionals are provided with strategies & knowledge to improve their practice or explore a social media career.
Project ManagementExtended & International
Project management is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and effciently.
Psychology is the study of the mind, behavior & experience.
Queer StudiesSocial Sciences
Students will gain competency within a dynamic field of interdisciplinary scholarship.
Sociological research attempts to improve the human condition within the context of social justice & human equality.
SpanishArts & Humanities
The Spanish program offers a full range of courses in language, literature, & culture, as well as interdisciplinary concentrations.
StatisticsScience & Technology
Curriculum is designed to give students the skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, & teaching.
Theatre Arts & DanceArts & Humanities
A rigorous program where students explore & share their passions & aptitudes toward the making of theatre & dance.
Wine Business InstituteExtended & International
The program offers a specialized curriculum targeted at the business challengers of the wine industry.
Wine Industry Finance and AccountingExtended & International
Develop knowledge & skills to lead in your respective arena with the credential to prove it.
Women’s and Gender StudiesSocial 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 with a Concentration in Africana Studies
- Minor in American Multicultural Studies
- Film Studies Minor
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.
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.
The Art History program teaches students to think critically about art and visual culture. In addition to preparing them for careers in the museum and gallery world as well as graduate work in Art History or related fields in the humanities, the program offers training in research, writing and critical thinking that will serve them in many professions. Students are given an introduction to western and non-western art before taking more specialized courses that focus the art and culture of particular regions, periods or themes. Students will gain familiarity with critical theory, historical methodology and research using print, online, and electronic sources. Professors work closely with students to hone their writing, critical thinking and research skills and enable them cultivate and express their own ideas about art and visual culture.
Bachelor of Arts in Art History
Minor in Art History
Minor in Museum and Gallery Methods (See Career Minors)
The Studio Art curriculum is designed for students to develop the ability to create, analyze, interpret, and evaluate art. Students learn to express their thoughts, feelings, and values in a variety of visual forms. The department strives to stimulate creativity and competency as students broaden their skills and knowledge of materials and technologies. The faculty is committed to the recognition of individuality and unique accomplishment. Professors work closely with each student to encourage personal direction and ideas.
Students in the BA art studio concentration take 45 units of major core courses. Emphases include ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and works on paper.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is often considered the degree of choice for students wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies. It enhances the artist’s opportunity to perform at a higher level and fulfills the need for additional artistic growth in an intensive studio environment. The BFA program regularly brings together students and faculty from all areas for demanding critiques. The pursuit of the BFA degree affords time for concentrated work within a specific art emphasis: painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. In addition, students may emphasize ceramics or works on paper.
This more intensive degree program is open to students through competitive application, usually during the junior year. Please see your advisor for details regarding the application process.
Bachelor of Arts in Art: Studio Concentration
Works on Paper
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Concentration
Minor in Art Studio
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.
The certificate in Audio and Recording Production is open to the local community and inclined matriculated students interested in music recording and production in a studio setting. The program makes use of SSU's Wolford Recording Studio in Ives Hall, Room 32, which is newly renovated and updated with high level, state of the art, 24 channel pro-tools, mac based equipment, and integrated with red-net ability to record from the Green Music Center's Weill and Schroeder Halls. Students will use the recording studio as a lab to produce music as part of a formalized curriculum.
The certificate program will consist of three courses:
- Music Technology: Tools & Applications
- Audio & Recording Production I
- Audio and Recording Production II
A faculty coordinator from the Department of Music will determine the eligibility of prospective students through a screening and application process. A certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the three courses.
Hybrid Saturday BA Degree Completion Program at SSU
Designed for the Working Adult, featuring monthly Saturday meetings and weekly online seminars
The Hybrid Saturday Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program offers an alternative route to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies for working adults who have completed lower-division coursework and whose schedules do not permit them to attend regular campus classes. Instruction is organized around one full Saturday seminar per month on campus, combined with weekly online seminars and ongoing reading and writing assignments.
This innovative program provides a pathway to a Liberal Studies B.A. through student-centered learning. The curriculum is designed around the Hutchins pedagogy, which emphasizes dialogue in seminars and online discussions, and project-based activities within a cohort of students who learn together in four, semester-long transdisciplinary courses taken over two years.
B.A. Liberal Studies @ Napa Valley and Solano
The B.A. Liberal Studies degree program provides a wide variety of courses in the social and behavioral sciences, arts, humanities, science, and technology. Courses taught by SSU faculty are scheduled evenings and weekends at Napa Valley College and at the Solano Community College, Vallejo Center for students with work, family or other commitments that do not allow them to join traditional programs on our main campus. Applicants must have completed standard CSU transfer requirements, including a Laboratory science.
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The Napa Valley/Solano Liberal Studies B.A. Program is excellent preparation for students interested in careers in teaching, the legal profession, social services, nonprofit organizations, or business, as well as graduate work in the social sciences and the humanities. More than just a convenient way to check off the list of degree requirements, the Liberal Studies degree completion program is a supportive and transformative learning community, where students are challenged intellectually as they encounter the full range of human knowledge. The program is offered by the SSU School of Social Sciences. in partnership with SEIE.
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.
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
- Financial management
- Wine Business Strategies
- Masterof Business Administration with a Concentration in Wine Business
- Executive M.B.A., thorugh Special Sessions
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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. The department offers both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Both degrees provide students with a solid chemical foundation to prepare them for graduate school, professional school, or the workforce. The B.S. degree requires more science coursework, while the B.A. allows more flexibility for other academic interests. The B.S. in biochemistry is designed for students with an interest in the biological aspects of chemistry and the pre-health professions.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Certified by the American Chemical Society)
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (Certified by the American Chemical Society)
Minor in Chemistry
Teaching Credential Preparation
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
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
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.
This Certificate Program provides education and training for contractors, subcontractors, project managers, superintendents, owner representatives, design professionals, and anyone interested in advancing in a career in the construction industry. The faculty are all highly experienced in various professional occupations and have outstanding teaching abilities. Courses may be taken alone to fulfill an individual's specific need for specialized knowledge, or to complete the requirements for the Construction Management Certificate.
To qualify for the Construction Management Certificate, students must successfully complete 240 hours of classroom instruction. Most courses in this Certificate Program are 30 hours.
All courses are offered on a credit/no credit basis for Continuing Education Units (CEU). The CEU is a nationally recognized measurement of professional development coursework. The coursework may include required texts, materials provided by the instructors, work outside class, and examination at the discretion of the instructors.
The certificate program of Craft Beer Appreciation will provide students with a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the beer industry, and will include the brewing process, the business of beer, and beer appreciation. It will touch on all major aspects of the beer industry, with a special emphasis on the craft beer segment, as well as California state and local opportunities and challenges.
This class is designed to give students a broad understanding and overview of the brewing industry. The 36 hours of class time are divided each week into three one-hour sessions where industry professionals will present to students in their area of expertise and experience. The course is also divided into three tracks, with the first one to discuss the brewing process and the primary ingredients. The second track will cover the business of beer from ground to glass and the many types of businesses necessary for that journey to occur, along with the legal and regulatory structure one must navigate. The third track will enhance the student's appreciation of beer with sensory analysis, pairing beer with food, and specifically cheese and chocolate, along with at least one in-class tasting per class, usually in the final hour. Most weeks will include one session from each track so there's always something interesting every week, regardless of your own personal focus.
Throughout the ten weeks, students will be exposed to many of the most influential and experienced people in the brewing industry and its related fields. In addition to learning their personal stories and their professional trials and tribulations, students will also make valuable contacts to help guide them through the next phase of their careers or simply become more knowledgeable about the modern brewing industry today.
Must be 21 years or older to enroll.
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.
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.
The fully-online Early Childhood Studies certificate is offered in partnership between the School of Education, Department of Early Childhood Studies, and the School of Extended and International Education. Designed for working professionals, the ECE Certificate is a one-year online program created to provide essential professional development for
- Early childhood education providers
- Early childhood education program directors
- Transitional kindergarten teachers
- Early elementary teachers
Please note: This ECE Certificate does not meet the requirements for an Early Childhood Special Education Authorization, so it does not qualify certificate holders to teach in special education classrooms.
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.
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. The B.A. degree program has three basic objectives: to provide a sound grasp of the tools of economic analysis and measurement; to provide an understanding of institutional development and the interrelation of economic and social factors; and to develop the student’s ability to apply systematic analysis and understanding to decision making in both the private and the public sectors. Many courses deal with the structure and performance of a particular institution or policy area within the economy. Students can follow their career and intellectual interests by taking these types of courses. Many faculty have served as practicing economists with public agencies or private firms, bringing a rich background of practical experience analyzing policy issues and problems to their teaching.
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Minor in Economics
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.
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.
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.
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
- Secondary Teaching Preparation
- Minor in English
- Master of Arts in English
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.
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.
The purpose of the French major is to enable students to attain an advanced level of competency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to provide them with a comprehensive knowledge of the historic and contemporary culture and institutions of France and the Francophone world. The French language is studied not as an end in itself, but as a vehicle for students’ broader and more informed participation in their chosen fields. Students who study French at SSU also have the option of completing a portion of the course work in France (Paris or Aix-en-Provence) or in Canada, and should visit the International Programs Office for details.
Bachelor of Arts in French
Minor in French
French Language Certificate for Wine Business
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.
Programs and Concentrations
- Bachelor of Arts in Geography
- Concentrations in
- Biophysical Environment
- Environment and Society
- Geospatial Techniques
- Globalization and Identity
- Minor in Geography
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.
Programs and Concentrations
- Bachelor of Science in Geology
- Minor in Geology
- Secondary Education Teaching Credential preparation
The German minor program enriches students’ academic and career opportunities by providing them with skills that complement many majors at SSU. German helps students understand themselves as participants in their own culture. It also helps them understand U.S. history and culture, since German-Americans represent the largest single heritage population. Moreover, German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Knowing German also opens up opportunities to connect with more than 120 million native speakers worldwide. Additionally, the study of German prepares students to be competitive for graduate school, since many graduate programs require or recommend German. German minors may also have a distinct advantage entering a professional career, in fields such as international business, economics, science, history, global studies, music, or teaching. The SSU German program offers a variety of courses that provide students with linguistic skills and cultural knowledge of the German-speaking world. Students are encouraged to participate in the CSU International Programs and take courses in Germany, which may be counted toward the minor. Students wishing to study abroad are strongly encouraged to consult with their German advisor to ensure that courses taken abroad can be applied to the German minor. A minimum of 8 of the 21 required units must be taken at SSU.
For information about the Bachelor of Arts in the Special Major: German Cultural Studies, see Interdisciplinary Studies. You may also contact the coordinator Michaela Grobbel (firstname.lastname@example.org; 707.664.2673).
Minor in German
Bachelor of Arts in the Special Major: German Cultural Studies
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.
Minor in Gerontology
Certificate in Gerontology
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.
Programs and Credentials
- Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
- Concentrations in
- Global Environmental Policy
- Economic, Political and Social Development
- Latin America
- Minor in Global Studies
The history major is designed both to provide the basis for a solid liberal arts education and to meet the needs of individual students. Within the specific requirements of the major, students receive basic instruction in the history of the United States as well as that of other countries. They are also introduced to the methods of historical inquiry, techniques of historical writing, differing philosophies of history and historiography, past and present. Beyond these basic requirements, students may arrange course work to fit their needs and interests. Upper division classes are generally small and offer ample individual attention, guidance, and interaction between students and faculty.
Bachelor of Arts in History
Master of Arts in History
Minor in History
Teaching Credential Preparation
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.
Offered in Fall and Spring Semesters
Registration for the current Spring 2017 session is closed. The next session will begin on September 5, 2017 and registration will be open by June 1, 2017.
The Human Resource Management Certificate Program teaches the skills and knowledge required to successfully manage the human resources in today's complex business environment. The program is a 12 week intensive course covering the main aspects of Human Resource Management. Rather than using only one instructor for the course, multiple instructors with significant professional expertise lead each of the weekly topics to impart professional knowledge and practical application of HRM concepts. The program is sponsored jointly by the Department of Business Administration and Extended and
International Education at Sonoma State University. It is endorsed by the Personnel
Association of Sonoma County (PASCO).
The program combines technical knowledge with skill building in the following areas:
- Management Practices
- Managing a Diverse Workforce
- The Legal Context
- Selection and Placement
- Training and Development
- Benefits Administration
- Conflict and Dispute Resolution
- Employee and Labor Relations
- Employee Development
- Health, Safety, and Security
The HR Certificate certificate program is held on 12 consecutive Tuesday evenings each semester from 6:45pm-9:45pm. The course fee is $790.
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.
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.
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. In conjunction with the broader educational mission of the University, the kinesiology major program prepares students to lead and participate in a modern complex society and to assume multiple roles throughout their lifetimes. Graduates have acquired knowledge and experiences that prepare them to pursue lifelong learning, advanced study, and/or careers in such areas as, coaching, allied health fields, health and fitness industries, sport industries, or exercise and movement science. To achieve this mission the kinesiology major provides students with a well-structured set of curricular and co-curricular experiences and the mentorship to derive a sound education from the University experience.
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
Exercise Science Concentration
Lifetime Physical Activity Concentration
Master of Arts in Kinesiology
Minor in Kinesiology
Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization Preparation
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.
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.
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.
Working with maker educators from throughout the Bay Area and with support from Maker Media, Inc., Sonoma State University, School of Extended and International Education and the Sonoma County Office of Education have collaborated to create the Maker Certificate Program, the first such program of its kind. The program offers a series of mini-courses designed for people seeking to lead maker activities in schools, clubs, community centers, libraries, and other organizations. Mini-courses are offered in a variety of formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. The pathway to certification is based on a 50-hour requirement and educators can "mix and match" from the mini-courses offered or from approved workshops and courses offered by outside organizations. In order to earn the Maker Certificate, educators must meet the 50-hour requirement and complete two assessments: Maker Portfolio and Maker Design Project. Courses run during Fall, Spring, and Summer. Please note that while educators can enroll in individual courses even if they are not interested in earning a Certificate, the Maker Professional Development course is only available to learners who are completing the entire certificate program.
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.
A commitment to active involvement stands at the heart of the music curriculum. Students are involved in many ways—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. All majors gain experience with both the intuitive and the intellectual processes of the art. 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. The liberal arts music concentration provides a broad basis from which a student may pursue graduate studies or a variety of careers. Three concentrations exist within the bachelor of music. The jazz studies concentration trains the student in the techniques and practices of contemporary jazz styles. The Performance concentration is intended for those having a special interest and promise in the following areas:
- Vocal/Choral Performance
- Instrumental Performance
- Opera/Music Theatre
The bachelor of music education prepares students to enter the teaching credential program in the School of Education. All students are expected to consult with a music advisor prior to registering each semester; students in the Performance concentration should consult an advisor to plan appropriate electives for the specific area of study selected. Any student planning to do graduate work in music should consult a music advisor in time to plan a program that will support the intended graduate specialty. Students planning careers in business or media should consider minors in communications studies or business administration. The Music Department is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Bachelor of Music
Jazz Studies Concentration
Music Education Concentration
Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Arts Concentration
Teaching Credential Preparation in Music
Minor in Music
Certificate in Audio and Recording Production
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
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.
he Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, offered in partnership between the Nursing Department and the School of Extended and International Education (SEIE), is a two-year, 36-unit program designed for nurses who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing.
The FNP Certificate Program operates as a cohort model, with everyone in the program moving through at the same speed. Certificate students are integrated into the SSU FNP Master’s track to create more opportunities to interact with other students, but take fewer classes as they are given credit for their previous MS coursework.
The majority of the coursework is web-based and students must be comfortable using a computer and the internet. Clinical preceptorships are conducted in each student’s local community with oversight from an SSU clinical faculty member. However, students must come to the Sonoma State campus 8 or more times during the first semester and 3—4 times in subsequent semesters.
The SSU Family Nurse Practitioner program meets criteria specified in Section 1484, Title XVI of the California Administrative Code and is fully approved by the California BRN and the ACEN Accreditation.
Graduates are eligible for and encouraged to seek national certification by taking either of these exams:
This program is designed to facilitate the introduction of new graduates into clinical practice. The intent is to provide a supportive clinical environment working one on one with a preceptor to move the student nurse into practice as a new graduate. We recognize that the health care system where nurses' work has become increasingly complex and a new nurse would benefit from an extended preceptorship post-graduation.
Sonoma State University School of Extended & International Education, in partnership with Ed2Go, offers online open enrollment professional development courses. Most courses can be completed in 24 hours and span 6 weeks in length. Courses are offered in several subject areas, including accounting and finance, business, computer applications, design and composition, healthcare, language, law, education, technology, and writing.
All courses are non-credit.
Visit www.ed2go.com/sonoma for a complete list of courses, fees, and how to register.
Sonoma State University School of Extended & International Education, in partnership with Ed2Go, offers online self-paced open enrollment certificate programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. Programs stem from the fields of healthcare and fitness, business, IT and software development, management, media and design, hospitality, industrial trades, and sustainable energy.
The programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing students with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in the online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating students to succeed.
All programs are non-credit. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of a program.
Visit careertraining.ed2go.com/sonoma for a complete list of programs, fees, and how to register.
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.
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. Problems in understanding and utilizing the properties of semiconductors and other materials; in designing and building lasers, photonics, and telecommunications devices; and in designing and using instrumentation such as adaptive optics for astrophysics, are typically solved using the techniques of physics. Such applied physics problems often have a significant overlap with topics and techniques in engineering and computational physics. Indeed, many of the department’s graduates are currently employed in engineering or computationally oriented positions.
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Minor in Physics
Teaching Credential Preparation
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. They are trained in appropriate research techniques for the study of political actors, institutions and processes in a complex, interdependent and diverse world.
The political science major allows students to choose from a wide range of courses and subjects within the political science discipline. A common core of courses provides students with the foundational knowledge and research skills needed to pursue more advanced work at the upper division level. In core courses students study the relationship among values, ideology, and politics (POLS 201); fundamental issues in American politics (POLS 202); the logic of research in political science (POLS 302); comparative political analysis (POLS 303); theory and analysis of international politics (POLS 304); and a senior research seminar (POLS 498). Beyond this common core, as part of the additional 20 units required for the major, each student must complete at least one upper division course in each of the four major fields of political science: political theory, international relations, comparative government, and American government and politics. Since politics and economics are so closely tied together, the department recommends each student complete a basic course in economics. The department also strongly recommends that students take SSCI 299 How to Think Like a Social Scientist (fulfills GE Area E). In addition, the department encourages international study for political science students and will arrange for appropriate credits for courses of study at international universities.
A 20-unit minor in political science also is available. Although the minor most often is used in conjunction with such majors as communications, history, economics, and sociology, it can be paired with almost any major offered at the University.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Master’s in Public Administration
Minor in Political Science
Teaching Credential Preparation
Certificate Program in the Administration of Nonprofit Agencies
As of November 2016, 79% of US online adults use social networking sites*. Yet, even those comfortable using social media in their personal lives are often unprepared to take on professional responsibilities. This course provides professionals with the strategies and knowledge to improve their practice or explore a social media career.
The Professional Social Media Certificate provides participants with training and experience developing a social media campaign in their industry. This program combines hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn from others. The program will yield a certificate and increased intentionality, competency, confidence and experience not attained through individual independent content exploration.
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Virtually all organizations, for-profits, non-profits, government agencies and social organizations, initiate projects to accomplish their strategic objectives.
Project management is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently; on time and in budget. It is a strategic competency that enables organizations to strengthen their weaknesses, exploit opportunities, and guard against threats. Project Management has always been practiced informally, but it began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century. Today, project management is one of the top skills demanded by successful organizations around the world.
Sonoma State University offers two project management courses: traditional and agile. Although traditional project management usually involves the creation of a physical product such as a building, and agile project management often involves the creation of an intellectual product, such as a software program, either approach may be deemed the most appropriate for the situation. Traditional techniques have been used for years to manage large software projects; and some organizations in rapidly evolving markets are successfully employing agile techniques to develop physical products and/or prototypes.
In addition to a certificate from Sonoma State University, both courses will prepare you to take the appropriate certification examinations offered by the Project Management Institute®.
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
The minor in queer studies gives students competency within a dynamic field of interdisciplinary scholarship related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives as well as gender and sexual structures and identities. It provides coursework in queer theory, politics, history, sociology, psychology, cultural criticism, and methodology. The queer studies minor will augment students’ pursuit of graduate and professional degrees. In a public- and private-sector job market with increasing demand for nuance in issues of diversity and critical flexibility, the minor will position graduates on the leading edge in many fields, including social work, counseling, education, healthcare, social service, media, policy, nonprofit advocacy, and social marketing.
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.
The culture and literary traditions of Spain, the growing interest in the politics, culture, and commerce of Latin America, the proximity of Mexico, and the presence of a large Spanish-speaking population in California and the University’s service area all contribute to the shaping of the curriculum of the Spanish program and provide excellent reasons for the study of Spanish. The Spanish program offers a full range of courses in language, literature, and culture, as well as interdisciplinary concentrations. Courses taken abroad in the CSU International Programs, with the exception of Span 490 and 491 (at least one of which must be taken in residence at SSU), may be counted toward the major or minor.
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Master of Arts in Spanish
Minor in Spanish
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.
Bachelor of Science in Statistics
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Statistics
Minor in Applied Statistics
Minor in Statistics
Preparation for Actuarial Examinations
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.
This certificate program will enable you to take your direct to consumer (DTC) sales to the next level. Taught by wine industry professionals in the various DTC fields, each seminar is designed to provide the individual with core concepts and proven tactics to increase DTC sales in multiple retail channels. Created in response to industry demand for a more tailored and encompassing program, this certificate will expand on topics such as DTC marketing, wine clubs, events, social media, mobile commerce and tasting room sales.
The Direct to Consumer Certificate requires the completion of (5) core courses and (3) electives for a total of (8) half day courses, which can be completed in one semester or at your own pace. The fee is $180 per seminar. If you wish to complete both the Direct to Consumer and the Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate, you can take a total of 14 seminars.
This program gives an overview of the financial and accounting concepts that will enable you to make better business decisions and advance your career. Taught by wine industry professionals in the finance and accounting fields, each seminar is tailored to provide the individual with core concepts that are presented with wine industry examples, giving you the knowledge to immediately apply those principles to your business or organization. Little or no previous experience in finance and accounting is required. This program is also for those that have experience in finance and accounting, as a refresher, or to gain wine industry specific applications knowledge.
The Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate requires the completion of (4) core courses and (4) electives for a total of (8) half day courses, which can be completed in a short time or at your own pace. The fee is $180 per seminar. If you wish to complete both the Direct to Consumer and the Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificates, you can take a total of 14 seminars.
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.
Programs and Concentrations
- Bachelor of Arts in Womens and Gender Studies
- Minor in Womens and Gender Studies
- Minor in Queer Studies