Exciting Places in A&H
The School's faculty and students are involved in a wide variety of dynamic programs, projects, and events.
The Art Gallery presents exhibitions and public programs on modern and contemporary artists of regional, national, and international significance. Visitors to the gallery can view stimulating and challenging works of art from significant private and public collections as well as new art.
The Art Gallery also presents exhibitions featuring the works of faculty and students.
SSU's Center for Ethics, Law, and Society facilitates cutting-edge thinking about ethics, justice, and law. Among its initiatives, CELS brings to campus leading scholars, practitioners, activists, and others who are working to tackle challenging and pressing questions facing society today. In addition to supporting the Pre-Law and Applied Ethics Concentration (within the Philosophy major), the Center also acts as a platform for student learning and faculty research across the SSU community.
The Green Music Center is as much about learning as it is about performance. Since Fall 2008, the Music Education Wing has been occupied by music department faculty and students, and features practice rooms for musicians of all levels. Adacent to the Music Education Wing is the centerpiece of the Green Music Center, the 1,400-seat Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. The modular rear wall of Weill Hall opens fully, extending the concert experience to an outdoor audience of up to 3,000. Nearby is Schroeder's Recital Hall, inspired by the soaring spaces of European churches and featuring seating for 250.
The student-run internet radio station is a media lab that helps develop a range of skills in the production of radio programs. Work focuses on the production of live and prerecorded pieces for KSUN.
Center for Performing Arts
The Center for Performing Arts offers valuable and rewarding opportunities for serious, motivated students to develop their artistry in a stimulating and congenial environment at a campus located in a beautiful and culturally rich area. The faculty aim is to develop artists and educators who are vitally engaged with each other and the world through the performing arts. The Center includes the department of music,theatre arts and the dance department.
The Sonoma Film Institute is the oldest film repertory organization in the North Bay Area. Since 1973, SFI has unspooled enough celluloid to reach the next galaxy. Each year, between September and May, SFI presents more than 50 films. These screenings, ranging from silent cinema to the avant-garde, from contemporary American fare to films from the Third World, expand the educational opportunities to students, as well as providing cultural benefit to the campus and surrounding community.
Students learn how to brodcast video in a working television studio.
The student-run newspaper of the campus, the STAR publishes weekly. The faculty advisor offers a comprehensive evaluation of the most recent edition of the campus newspaper. Instruction is provided on a wide variety of journalism topics, from editing and reporting to ethics and law. Campus information is covered in the areas of news, arts & entertainment, sports, and opinion, among others.
Ranked by EWR (EveryWritersResource.com) as one of the Top 50 literary magazines. Innovative in design and content, VOLT publishes a range of adventurous writing and appears each Fall on the SSU campus. VOLT was originally published by Pacific Film and Literary Association, a non-profit organization registered in California but is now housed at Sonoma State University. Contributors have included Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen, Norma Cole, Barbara Guest, Yusef Komunyakaa, Leslie Scalapino, and Charles Simic, among many others. VOLT has received many awards and honors, including several Pushcart Prize Anthology selections, a Fund for Poetry grant, and several selections for the annual anthology, The Best American Poetry (Scribners).
ZAUM as a literary journal that strives to push boundaries and challenge conventional forms of writing. It is produced by the Small Press Editing Staff of Sonoma State University and is comprised entirely of student work.
Innovative Curriculum in A&H
Humanities Learning Communities
These first year courses provide students with topical, sustained, learning opportunities in classes that are equal parts lecture and discussion based seminars.