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Message from the Dean

Dean Edward S. Inch

The College of Arts & Letters is dedicated to the vision that we will be a central resource with programs, student experiences, and engagement opportunities that matter to the health and vitality of the region’s creative and cultural economy.  The study of the arts and humanities is at the heart of any university, at Sacramento State, we focus on using our creative and analytic skills, community engagement, innovative programs to support the success of our students and community.

Our College is composed of many fields bridging historical and significant traditions with contemporary and future-oriented field. Our students can study...

  • painting, and also electronic art and animation
  • critical thinking, and also bioethics
  • Shakespeare, and also postcolonial women writers
  • classical mythology, and also the culture of Hollywood
  • rhetoric, and also multimedia communication
  • typography, and also corporate identity
  • counterpoint, and also jazz arranging 

We encourage active learning, so our students sing, dance, create, write, argue, advocate and participate.

We form a bridge between traditional methods and practices with contemporary and forward-looking programs.  We engage in discourse and spirited inquiry, but while "classroom" can mean a professor lecturing to a group of students, it can also refer to a virtual gathering by Internet or as well as the greater Sacramento community as our students explore their world in action. Throughout, we investigate, we teach and we learn.

We welcome our students as the leaders of the coming generation, those who will shape the world we haven't yet imagined.

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College Spotlight

Sac State Jazz Ensemble

School of Music

The Department of Music was officially renamed the School of Music in Spring 2015. The new designation recognizes its expanding influence in the region and in providing students with an innovating curriculum that prizes performance, community, and expanding opportunities in graduate education. Join us Sunday, Sept. 27, for the MOSAIC gala concert and reception.

Learn more about the MOSAIC gala

Academic Departments

Art

Catherine Turrill, Chair
csus.edu/art
(916) 278-6166

Communication Studies

Steve Buss, Chair
al.csus.edu/coms
(916) 278-6688

Design

Andrew Anker, Chair
csus.edu/design
(916) 278-3962

English

David Toise, Chair
csus.edu/engl
(916) 278-6586

Foreign Languages

Dr. Curtis Smith
csus.edu/fl
(916) 278-6333

History

Dr. Aaron Cohen, Chair
csus.edu/hist
(916) 278-6206
Humanities & Religious Studies
Dr. Bradley Nystrom, Chair
csus.edu/hum
(916) 278-6444

Music

Dr. Ernie Hills, Chair
csus.edu/music
(916) 278-5191

Philosophy

Dr. Christina Bellon, Chair
csus.edu/phil
(916) 278-6424

Theatre and Dance

Dr. Melinda Wilson Ramey, Chair
csus.edu/dram
(916) 278-6368

Film

Jenny Stark, Film Coordinator
csus.edu/film
(916) 278-6285

University Library Gallery

Philip Hitchcock, Gallery Director
al.csus.edu/sota/ulg
(916) 278-4189

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