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Message from the Dean

Dean Sheree MeyerDean Sheree Meyer

From cave drawings to digital new media, baroque music to marching band, Beowulf to Toni Morrison, Egyptian hieroglyphics to contemporary logos, and Karl Marx to the Marx Brothers, the College of Arts & Letters engages faculty, staff, and students in the creation and study of what makes us human and what humans make. Our students acquire diverse languages and intercultural competence, critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills, excellence in written and oral communication, and a keen awareness of the past and present while they pursue the promise of the future.


As the “fun college,” we invite community members to campus to see shows, attend concerts, films, and art exhibits, as well as readings and lectures. Every spring, all ten of our departments and the University Library Gallery participate in the Festival of the Arts. We also reach out to the community through events such as U-Nite at the Crocker, Wide Open Walls, and U-Create. Our students produce Clio: California State University, Sacramento History Journal and Calaveras Station: Arts & Literary Journal and the award-winning State Hornet. We are part of Sacramento’s growing creative economy and cultural vibrancy, and our alumni can be found in every sector of our region.

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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) 278-6166

Communication Studies

Gerri Smith, Chair
(916) 278-6688


John Forrest, Chair
(916) 278-3962


David Toise, Chair
(916) 278-6586


Jeffrey Wilson, Chair
(916) 278-6206
Humanities & Religious Studies
Dr. Alyson Buckman, Chair
(916) 278-5334


Ernie Hills, Chair
(916) 278-5155


Russell DiSilvestro, Chair
(916) 278-6424

Theatre & Dance

Lorelei Bayne, Chair
(916) 278-6368
World Languages & Literatures
Curtis Smith, Chair
(916) 278-6333

Film Program

Jenny Stark, Film Coordinator
(916) 278-6285

University Library Gallery

Philip Hitchcock, Gallery Director
(916) 278-4189

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