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Message from the Dean

Interim Dean Sheree MeyerInterim Dean Sheree Meyer

The College of Arts & Letters shares a vision of creativity and innovation that reaches back to the earliest foundations of cultures from around the world and forward to the best that humanity is capable of imagining and creating.

The College’s innovative programs encourage students to learn by doing: to act, debate, write, dance, make music, paint, sculpt, speak another language, design real-life spaces, research, serve, and teach.  We value understanding and appreciating the local and global contexts in which the arts, literature, history, and philosophy occur, and developing empathy through imaginative and authentic experiences. 

As Dean, I share the College’s pride in our faculty, who are recognized by peers and students for their passion, talent, expertise in their disciplines, and dedication to their students. Our professors excel at teaching and curricular innovation in face-to-face or virtual classrooms, in the studio, on the stage, or in the concert hall, while also producing cutting-edge research, writing award-winning poetry and fiction, curating gallery exhibits, collaborating with K-12 educators, and engaging in many other scholarly activities and creative endeavors.

People often ask me what students who major in the arts or humanities can do with their degrees, and my answer is, “just about anything!”  Law schools and medical schools actively seek majors from the liberal arts and respect the breadth of learning and cultural sensitivity that they bring to their chosen professions. The arts not only prepare students in their particular genre or medium but also in problem solving and creativity thinking. It is no surprise, therefore, that our alumni become leaders in their communities and professions. They are teaching in our public and private schools and community colleges, working in state and local government agencies, serving in elected offices, starting new and exciting businesses, as well as performing throughout the region as actors, artists, dancers, and musicians.   

On behalf of the College of Arts & Letters, I welcome and encourage our undergraduate and graduate students who come from diverse backgrounds to contribute in their unique ways to a future of their own making.

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Four-Year Promise

The College of Arts and Letters is committed to helping students maximize their time at Sacramento State. The “Four-Year Promise,” the first of its kind at Sacramento State, helps students on a fast-track to graduation. Students that opt into the program follow roadmaps for their respective programs, guaranteeing that they fulfill the required courses in four years. 

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Academic Departments


Carolyn Gibbs, Chair
(916) 278-7515

Communication Studies

Dr. Gerri Smith, Chair
(916) 278-6688


Andrew Anker, Chair
(916) 278-3962


Dr. David Toise, Chair
(916) 278-6586


Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, Chair
(916) 278-6136
Humanities & Religious Studies
Dr. Bradley Nystrom, Chair
(916) 278-6444


Dr. Ernie Hills, Chair
(916) 278-5191


Dr. Russell DiSilvestro, Chair
(916) 278-6766

Theatre & Dance

Dr. Melinda Wilson Ramey, Chair
(916) 278-6368
World Languages & Literatures
Dr. Curtis Smith, Chair
(916) 278-6333


Jenny Stark, Film Coordinator
(916) 278-6285

University Library Gallery

Philip Hitchcock, Gallery Director
(916) 278-4189

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