Undergraduate Degree Programs

Academic Information

Hutchins Lower Division Interdisciplinary General Education Program

The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies offers a unique, CSU-approved and articulated approach to freshmen and sophomore general education (GE) requirements. The completion of four 12-unit, interdisciplinary seminars in addition to a course in GE-level math (taken outside of the Hutchins School) fulfills all freshmen and sophomore lower division General Education requirements.

Students pursuing their education in the Hutchins School have the option of choosing between three different educational tracks, based on their interests and career aspirations. These tracks are as follows:

  • Track I—Interdisciplinary Studies Major Plan: This track allows students to develop an individualized study plan, incorporating Hutchins seminar classes, workshops, independent studies, internships, and study away experiences.
  • Track II—Elementary Teaching Pre-Credential Preparation: Students in this track will not only earn a degree in Liberal Studies by completing Hutchins coursework, but will also fulfill all prerequisites to enter the SSU School of Education's Multiple Subject and Special Education Credential Programs.
  • Track III—Blended Program: This accelerated track allows students entering as First Time Freshmen to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies as well as fulfill requirements for a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in four years. This credential allows graduates to immediately begin teaching in California public elementary schools upon graduation.

Hutchins Freshman/Sophomore Learning Community

By participating in a Sonoma State learning community, students are given an opportunity to connect with the university while taking innovative and academically enriching classes. Hutchins offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum that spans both freshman and sophmore years at SSU.

There are many benefits to actively participating in The Hutchins Freshman/Sophomore Learning Community:

  • Guaranteed enrollment in 48 units of General Education classes
  • A scholastically engaging learning environment
  • Academically-focused field trips and outdoor labs
  • The opportunity to create practical working relationships with faculty and instructors
  • Invitations to participate in the annual Hutchins Art Show and Zephyr Literary Magazine
  • Symposia sessions featuring guest speakers, films, and performance
  • Building a sense of camaraderie with other freshmen and sophomores

After accepting admission to Sonoma State, Hutchins freshmen should be advised that Hutchins is their Academic Freshman Learning Community. Freshmen reside both off campus and in SSU residential housing. For further information on the Hutchins Freshman/Sophomore Learning Community, please visit the Hutchins FLC page.

Hutchins Upper Division Major Program

Students may choose to remain in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies following the completion of their freshman and sophomore coursework, or can transfer into other Arts and Humanites or Social Science Majors. Transfer students seeking admission into the Hutchins School may enter at the junior class level. For students continuing in the Hutchins School, Hutchins offers a distinctive, interdisciplinary 40-unit major in Liberal Studies, and gives students the option between the Track I or Track II program of study. Each track culminates in the presentation and assessment of a student portfolio in a Hutchins senior capstone course.

Career Prospects

The Hutchins School provides effective preparation for a wide variety of careers in which creativity, independent thinking, and effective communication are prime requisites. Hutchins graduates do especially well in education, counseling, social services, diplomacy, law, media, journalism, and many types of business. Hutchins school alumna have entered graduate programs in fields as diverse as American Studies, Anthropology, Counseling, English, History, Law, Library Science, Management, Medieval Studies, Physics, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater Arts.

A Hutchins School professor facilitating a seminar with several students seated in desks in a circle

Small seminars and group discussion are cornerstones of a Hutchins School education.