Jul 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Humanities and the Arts

Office: Washington Square Hall 120

Telephone: (408) 924-4300

Email: humanities-arts@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/humanitiesandarts


Shannon Miller, Dean
Roula Svorou, Associate Dean
Jason Aleksander, Associate Dean of Faculty Success


The College of Humanities and the Arts seeks to instill in students an understanding of human existence that is tolerant, moral and appreciative of human creativity as manifested in works of language and literature, the visual and performing arts, philosophy and theology, and by engagement in the creation of art and criticism.

Through its programs, the College aims to develop engaged participants in the local communities as well as in the global dimension of cultural, intellectual, and economic life. College faculty educate students for lifelong learning as well as for their first job after graduation. Building upon a foundation of excellent oral and written communication, the College helps students pursue a wide variety of paths to knowledge and careers, through specialized study in many fields, including art history, animation, comparative literature, dance, film, foreign languages, musical composition and performance, painting, radio broadcasting, sculpture, television, linguistics, comparative religion, philosophy, and technical and creative writing.

Faculty in all disciplines of the College engage in research published by major scholarly journals and university presses, supported by the major national grants and foundations, and presented at the major scholarly conferences. Artists within the College publish in important literary journals, exhibit at nationally recognized venues, or participate in prestigious performing arts productions. Throughout the College, faculty seek to produce scholarship or creative works that achieve national recognition.

College curricula develop the individual’s power to communicate effectively and to analyze critically the conditions upon which cultural perceptions are built. Courses in the College attempt to reveal the evolving aspiration toward aesthetic and intellectual power in human cultures by exposing the student to important ideas, achievements, and experiences in the humanities and the creative arts. In its many professional arts programs, the College develops the talent of those who have the skill to perform or create works of art, fixing in vivid form the values of diverse heritages. In its programs in language, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities, the College engages students in the discovery and exploration of works from around the world that deepen understanding of how human imagination and intellect function within different historical and cultural contexts. A primary purpose of a humanities education is to develop the skills and confidence that support a creative, analytical mind capable of lifelong learning and adaptation to different contexts and opportunities.

Through its General Education, Arts, and many scholarly programs and research units, such as the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the Center for Literary Arts, and the Center for Comparative Philosophy, the College of Humanities and the Arts makes an indispensable contribution to the SJSU community and the region surrounding it. A list of programs and courses can be found on each department page in the catalog. 

Humanities and the Arts Student Success Center (HASSC)

Office: Washington Square Hall 120

Telephone: 408-924-4300

Email: humanities-arts@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/visualartsadvising

The Humanities and the Arts Student Success Center provides general education advising, academic planning and serves as a resource to other programs at SJSU. We serve undergraduate students who are pursuing major(s) within the College of Humanities and the Arts. We offer both drop-in advising and appointments. All students within the college are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to discuss a plan that will ensure timely graduation.


Internships provide students with the opportunity to incorporate work experience in a professional setting as part of their academic programs. Internship representatives are available within each department.

Special Centers

The College of Humanities and the Arts is home to the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the Center for Literary Arts, and the Center for Comparative Philosophy. The College manages the San José State University Writing Center, a resource for all SJSU students to help them become better writers. The College also manages the Hammer Theatre, a city-owned venue that offers a professional venue for our best students in theater, music, and dance.

Teaching Credential Preparation Programs

Teaching credential preparation programs are offered by the School of Music and Dance , the Department of Art and Art History , the Department of English and Comparative Literature , the Department of Humanities  (Liberal Studies), and the Department of Film and Theatre .

Creative Arts Program

Office: Clark Hall 419

Telephone: 408-924-4481

Email: creativearts.sjsu@gmail.com

Website: www.sjsu.edu/creativearts

Offered by the Department of Humanities .


Shannon Rose Riley
Jennifer Rycenga
Susan Verducci-Sandford


Latin American Studies Program

Office: Clark Hall 420G

Telephone: 408-924-4626

Offered by the Department of World Languages and Literatures .


Damian Bacich, Coordinator



    Humanities & the Arts