Founded in 1956 by the Department of Humanities , the innovative Creative Arts Program is the only interdisciplinary arts and creativity studies program in the CSU. The program offers a flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum that examines creativity across the arts domains and emphasizes both creative and critical thinking. Students take core courses in creative arts in combination with art, English, comparative literature, music, dance, radio, film, and theatre courses, individualizing their program of study. We offer a major and a minor in Creative Arts. Key to the Program is an emphasis on creative thinking and the creative process as a result, our students become effective thinkers and problem-solvers. Our graduates go on to become successful visual and performing artists, teachers, arts administrators, activists, software developers, software engineers, physicians, writers, sound recording engineers, costume designers, art therapists, librarians, lawyers, and entrepreneurs.
University Graduation Requirements
To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major, and coursework for the minor must include a minimum of 6 upper-division units (University Policy S16-4). Minor preparation or support courses do not count toward the 12 distinct units. Of the coursework for the minor, at least 6 units must be completed in residence at SJSU. The minimum aggregate GPA for all coursework required for the minor must be at least 2.0.