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Four Year Promise

The College of Arts & Letters is committed to helping students maximize their time at Sacramento State. Several designated programs in the College are now available as a “Four-Year Promise” to help students on a fast-track to graduation. Students that opt into the program follow road maps for their respective programs, guaranteeing that they fulfill the required courses in four years.

We’re committed to offering high quality value-adding degree opportunities for all our students. These Four-Year Promise Plans offer you an assured pathway through the degree in four years, completing all your GE/GR requirements along the way. This is a win-win for everyone. You finish a meaningful degree without racking up unnecessary credits, get into all your required courses, have a rich, varied GE experience, and all we ask is that you be flexible and allow us to set your schedule for you each semester. 

Program Benefits

  • Accelerate your degree: If you meet your commitments, we will commit to providing you with a schedule each semester which completes all degree requirements within four years. Some variation (e.g. required math or composition remediation) may necessitate summer semester or winter intersession to meet the four-year timeline.
  • Pre-enrollment in all courses each semester
  • Avoid the cost of unnecessary courses or additional semesters of study

Program Requirements

The Four Year Promise asks that its students commit to:

  • Majoring in one of the program options listed,
  • Being available during the designated times and days (Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) Your schedule will be designed for you each semester in consultation with your program advisor. Days/times of your schedule will vary by semester, but you must agree to be available within these times on these days. Certain programs (History, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre) include participation in late afternoon seminars and/or evening performances. 
  • Meet with your department advisor at least once each semester, and
  • Avoid repeating courses by earning good grades. You will need to work with your advisor to retake the failed course during summer or winter session in order to stay on track. 

List of Participating Programs

Major Program Roadmap
Communication Studies (General) Communication Studies (General)
Communication Studies (Public Relations) Communication Studies (Public Relations)
History (General) History (General)
History (Pre-Credential) History (Pre-Credential)
Interior Design Interior Design
Music (Bachelor of Arts)) Music (Bachelor of Arts)
Philosophy (General) Philosophy (General)
Philosophy (Ethics, Politics & Law) Philosophy (Ethics, Politics and Law)
Philosophy (Logic and Philosophy of Science) Philosophy (Logic and Philosophy of Science)
Photography Photography
Spanish Spanish
Theatre Theatre

FYP Advisors

Major Advisor Phone
Communication Studies Gerri Smith, Department Chair (916) 278-5319
History Jeffrey Wilson, Department Chair (916) 278-6136
History - Pre-Credential Chloe Burke, Associate Professor (916) 278-5631
Interior Design Andrew Anker, Professor (916) 278-5019
Music Ernie Hills, Director (916) 278-7984
Philosophy Russell DiSilvestro, Department Chair (916) 278-6766
Photography Douglas Dertinger, Professor (916) 278-4023
Spanish Maria Mayberry, Professor (916) 278-6286
Theatre Lorelei Bayne, Department Chair (916) 278-7721

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I sign up? At orientation during your major advising. Currently, signing up any later is not an option because student schedules during the first four semesters are fairly strictly controlled.
  • How do I register for my classes? You don’t! We do the registration for you. In fact, you will have priority registration! We will enroll you in courses before other students enroll. That’s our promise—you always get a class you require. But make sure you do not modify your planned schedule.
  • What if I sign up but then change my mind? That’s OK. Just let your department chair know about your plans to change majors in or out of the program, and they can advise of how that impacts your expected graduation date. If you no longer want to participate at all, they can also help you return to an unstructured schedule.
  • What if I need some learning skills preparation, say for math or composition? We can accommodate those specific requirements, but it might mean that you have to take a summer or winter semester along the way to catch up on GE/GR requirements.