First-Year Advising Guides

Looking to explore or compare majors? Wanting to stay on-track for on-time graduation? Needing recommendations for which courses to take and in what order? You've come to the right spot! Our first-year advising guides help our newest Seawolves get started. And while these are meant to be a useful resource, they are not a substitute for academic advising. Please work with your faculty advisor and/or professional academic advisor early and often.

Majors (alphabetically)

 

Majors (by School)

School of Arts and Humanities

School of Business and Economics

School of Education

School of Social Sciences

School of Science and Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies

 

American Multicultural Studies (BA)

Learn about the importance of race and ethnicity to people living in the United States.

Since 1971, the American Multicultural Studies Department (AMCS) has taken an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to teaching students about the importance of race and ethnicity to people living in the United States. The AMCS Department provides students with the theoretical foundation to understand the complexity of these issues while training them to develop cultural competence, critical thinking, and leadership skills that will empower students to navigate the fast-changing multicultural and multiracial American landscape.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2486
  • Department webpage: amcs.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in American Multicultural Studies
    • Concentration in Africana Studies
  • Minors Programs: Minor in American Multicultural Studies

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

AMCS 165A/B
 
Fall and Spring

165A counts toward C2: Humanities and 165B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking + Critical Race Studies

Must earn a C- or better in 165B to receive GE and/or major credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
AMCS 125 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE and/or major credit. Recommended in first-year. Can substitute for any GE Area A1.

AMCS 210

or

SOCI 263

Fall D: Social Sciences Must earn a C- or better to receive major credit.
AMCS 225 Spring C2: Humanities + Critical Race Studies  Must earn a C- or better to receive major credit.

Pick any B1

or

Pick any B2

Spring

B1: Physical Science

or

B2: Life Science

 
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + American History Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Anthropology (BA)

Study the diversity of human behavior and biology, past and present.

The anthropology major at Sonoma State University teaches students about humans and their societies throughout the world, how they developed, the significance of their differences, and how they change over time. By taking courses in all four subfields (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology), students learn to formulate theoretical and practical questions, and collect, organize, and interpret data. The combination of knowledge about human ways of life and training in analytical skills are crucial to any field dealing with human biology, society, and culture. This perspective is invaluable in preparing students for careers in a wide range of professional fields, including cultural resources management, environmental planning, education, public health, business, law, community development, and international service.

  • School: Social Sciences
  • Phone: 707-664-2312
  • Department webpage: anthropology.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Anthropology;
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Anthropology
  • MA Programs: MA in Cultural Resources Management

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC
 
Fall and Spring

Depends on FLC

Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
ANTH 203 Fall D: Social Sciences Must earn a C- or better to receive major credit.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year. Do not select an A1 if your FLC covers A1.
Pick any B1 Fall or Spring B1: Physical Science  
ANTH 201 Spring B2: Life Science Must earn a C- or better to receive major credit.
Pick any C1 Fall or Spring C1: Arts Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + American History Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Applied Statistics (BA)

Curriculum is designed to give students the skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, and teaching.

Mathematics and statistics are rapidly growing disciplines whose concepts and applications play an ever-increasing part in modern life. Statistics has long been an essential tool in the physical sciences and has more recently been applied extensively in such diverse areas as medical and biological research, environmental studies, management science, behavioral and social sciences, and economics. Our basic curriculum is designed to give students the skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, and teaching. In addition, these degrees will provide a sound background for continuation of study toward advanced degrees in statistics, or a quantitative foundation for graduate school in disciplines such as business, economics, biology, or other fields.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2368
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/math/
  • BA Programs: BA in Applied Statistics
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Applied Statistics

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 165 or 165B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 161 or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 265

or 

MATH 165A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

Not GE / Major only

or

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

For MATH 165A/B only: Must earn a C- or better in either 165B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 211

or

MATH 161A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

Not GE / Major only

or

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

For MATH 161A/B only: Must earn a C- or better in either 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year. Do not select an A1 if your FLC covers A1.
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + American History Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Art History (BA)

Students will develop the ability to create, analyze, interpret, and evaluate art.

The Art History program teaches students to think critically about art and visual culture. In addition to preparing them for careers in the museum and gallery world as well as graduate work in Art History or related fields in humanities, the program offers training in research, writing and critical thinking that will serve them in many professions. Students are given an introduction to western and non-western art before taking more specialized courses that focus on the art and culture of particular regions, periods or themes. Students will gain familiarity with critical theory, historical methodology and research using print, online, and electronic sources. Professors work closely with students to hone their writing, critical thinking and research skills and enable them to cultivate and express their own ideas about art and visual culture.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2364
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/art/
  • BA Programs: BA in Art History
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Art History; Minor in Museum and Gallery Methods

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
ARTH 160A/B Fall and Spring 160A counts toward C1: Arts and 160B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better in 160B to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

ARTS 101

or

ARTS 105

Fall Not GE / Major only  
ARTS 102 Spring Not GE / Major only  
Pick any additional studio or language course Fall or Spring Depends on selection Select one course in drawing, a beginning course in any medium, or any language course.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

Pick any B1

or

Pick any B2

Fall or Spring

B1: Physical Science

or

B2: Life Science

 
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + American History Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Art: Studio Concentration (BA, BFA)

Students will develop the ability to create, analyze, interpret, and evaluate art.

The Studio Art curriculum is designed for students to develop the ability to create, analyze, interpret, and evaluate art. Students learn to express their thoughts, feelings, and values in a variety of visual forms. The department strives to stimulate creativity and competency as students broaden their skills and knowledge of materials and technologies. The faculty is committed to the recognition of individuality and unique accomplishment. Professors work closely with each student to encourage personal direction and ideas.  Students in the BA art studio concentration take 45 units of major core courses. Emphases include ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and works on paper.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is often considered the degree of choice for students wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies. It enhances the artist’s opportunity to perform at a higher level and fulfills the need for additional artistic growth in an intensive studio environment. The BFA program regularly brings together students and faculty from all areas for demanding critiques. The pursuit of the BFA degree affords time for concentrated work within a specific art emphasis: painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. In addition, students may emphasize ceramics or works on paper.  This more intensive degree program is open to students through competitive application, usually during the junior year. Please see your advisor for details regarding the application process.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2364
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/art/
  • BA Programs: BA in Art: Studio Concentration
    • Emphasis in Ceramics
    • Emphasis in Painting
    • Emphasis in Photography
    • Emphasis in Printmaking
    • Emphasis in Works on Paper
  • BFA Programs: BFA: Studio Concentration
    • Emphasis in Painting
    • Emphasis in Photography
    • Emphasis in Printmaking
    • Emphasis in Sculpture
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Art Studio

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
ARTH 160A/B Fall and Spring 160A counts toward C1: Arts and 160B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better in 160B to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

ARTS 101

or

ARTS 104

Fall Not GE / Major only  
ARTS 102 Spring Not GE / Major only  
Pick any additional studio or language course Fall or Spring Depends on selection Select one course in drawing, a beginning course in any medium, or any language course.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

Pick any B1

or

Pick any B2

Fall or Spring

B1: Physical Science

or

B2: Life Science

 
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + American History Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Biochemistry (BS)

Biochemistry is a sector of Chemistry that focuses on the structure and function of living organisms.

The BS degree in Biochemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society and is intended for students looking for careers in Pharmaceutical, biochemistry or biotechnical fields.

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 161 or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
CHEM 120A/B Fall and Spring 120A counts toward A1: Oral Communication and 120B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better in both 120A and 120B to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
UNIV 102 Fall and Spring Not GE / Elective only  
CHEM 115A/B Fall and Spring B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity Students need to either have a placement category of M2 or have completed MATH 161 or 161A to register for this course. Students who are unable to take CHEM 115A/B, may take CHEM 110 instead.

MATH 211

or

MATH 161A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

Not GE / Major only

or

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

For MATH 161A/B only: Must earn a C- or better in either 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
PHYS 209A Spring B3: Laboratory Activity  
PHYS 210A Spring B1: Physical Science  
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + American History Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Biology (BA, BS)

Our graduates are trained to meet the biological, environmental and technological challenges of the future.

The Department of Biology offers a dynamic learning environment, exciting research and training opportunities, and intensive mentoring of students at all levels. Our distinguished faculty members are dedicated educators and active scholars who engage in primary research to address diverse topics in the biological sciences. The overall mission of our undergraduate and graduate programs is to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals, and citizens so that they are prepared to meet the biological, environmental, and technological challenges of the future.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2119
  • Department webpage: biology.sonoma.edu
  • BA Programs: BA in Biology
    • Concentration in Zoology
  • BS Programs: BS in Biology
    • Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • Concentration in Marine Biology
    • Concentration in Physiology
    • Concentration in Molecular Cell Biology 
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Biology
  • MA/MS Programs: MS in Biology

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165A/B

or

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

or

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 165, 165B, 161, or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
BIOL 130 Fall B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity  
BIOL 131 Spring B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity  
CHEM 115A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Spring and second-year

B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity Students need to either have a placement category of M2 or have completed MATH 165, 165A, 161, or 161A to register for this course. Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

PHIL 101

or

PHIL 102

Fall or Spring A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4. Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

 

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Business Administration (BS)

Business Administration prepares students for exciting and impactful careers in the field of their choice.

What is your career objective? No matter how you answer that question, a Business Administration degree will help you attain your goal. Would you find it interesting to help an organization with their advertising, market research, or sales activities? The marketing concentration can help you prepare to be successful in a promotions, research, product development, or sales position. Are you interested in becoming an accountant? The accounting concentration provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for the CPA exam and a career in accounting. Do you want to work in the wine industry? The wine business strategies concentration will prepare you for the challenges of working in the exciting world of wine and wine-related tourism. Do you aspire to be a manager in an organization or an entrepreneur? The management concentration will provide you with the leadership, management, and entrepreneurship skills necessary to launch your managerial career or your own business. Are you interested in working in the financial industry as a financial advisor or a stock analyst? Both the finance and financial management concentrations provide students with the quantitative skills necessary to succeed in that numbers-driven industry. Don't know what you want to do when you graduate? A degree in Business Administration is versatile and can be applied to many career options. Whatever their career objective is, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration prepares students for careers in an increasingly globalized world and trains them to be responsible citizens and effective leaders.

  • School: Business and Economics
  • Phone: 707-664-2377
  • Department webpage: http://sbe.sonoma.edu/business
  • BS Programs: BS in Business Administration
    • Concentration in Accounting
    • Concentration in Finance
    • Concentration in Financial Management
    • Concentration in Management
    • Concentration in Marketing
    • Concentration in Wine Business Strategies
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Business Administration 
  • MA/MS Programs: Master of Business Administration
    • Concentration in Wine Business

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 131

or

MATH 131A/B

or

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

or

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C or better in either 131, 131B, 161, or 161B to receive major credit and a C- or better in either 131, 131B, 161, or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year. It is recommended students only take one Math course per semester.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165A/B

or

BUS 211

or

ECON 217

Spring or Fall

or

Fall and Spring

or

Spring or Fall

or

Spring or Fall

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C or better in either 165, 165B, 211, or 217 to receive major credit and a C- or better in either 131, 131B, 161, or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year. It is recommended students only take one Math course per semester.

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
ECON 204 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences Must earn a C or better to receive major credit.
ECON 205 Spring or Fall D: Social Sciences Must earn a C or better to receive major credit.
Pick any A1 Spring or Fall A1: Oral Communication Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

PHIL 101

or

PHIL 102

Fall or Spring A3: Critical Thinking Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

Pick any B1 + B3

or

Pick any B2 + B3

Spring

B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

or

B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

Pick any D + US2 + US 3

or

Pick any D + US1

Spring

D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government

or

D: Social Sciences + American History

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Chemistry (BA, BS)

Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, and how it changes.

An understanding of chemical principles is required to fully understand most scientific disciplines such as biology, medicine, physics, environmental science, geology, materials science, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, forensic science, most branches of engineering, and even studio art. Chemists not only study molecules that nature provides but also synthesize new molecules to be used in many of these fields. The department offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Both degrees provide students with a solid chemical foundation to prepare them for graduate school, professional school, or the workforce. The BS degree requires more prescribed science coursework, while the BA allows more flexibility for other academic interests. The BS degree in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society and is designed for students with an interest in a career in the chemical sciences.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2119
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/chemistry/
  • BA Programs: BA in Chemistry
  • BS Programs: BS in Chemistry
  • Minors Progams: Minor in Chemistry

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 161 or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
CHEM 120A/B Fall and Spring 120A counts toward A1: Oral Communication and 120B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better in both 120A and 120B to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
UNIV 102 Fall and Spring Not GE / Elective only  
CHEM 115A/B Fall and Spring B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity Students need to either have a placement category of M2 or have completed MATH 161 or 161A to register for this course. Students who are unable to take CHEM 115A/B, may take CHEM 110 instead.

MATH 211

or

MATH 161A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

Not GE / Major only

or

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

For MATH 161A/B only: Must earn a C- or better in either 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

PHYS 209A

or

PHYS 116

Spring B3: Laboratory Activity PHYS 209A is appropriate for the BA degree. While PHYS 116 is appropriate for the BS degree.

PHYS 210A

or

PHYS 114

Spring B1: Physical Science PHYS 210A is appropriate for the BA degree. While PHYS 114 is appropriate for the BS degree.
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + American History Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Chicano and Latino Studies (BA)

Chicano and Latino Studies centers on the experiences of Chicanos and Latinos in areas of contemporary American society.

The Department of Chicano and Latino Studies (CALS) offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that centers on the experiences of Chicanos and Latinos in many areas of contemporary American society, including politics, education, literature, the arts, and religion. The focus is on gaining greater insight into the relationship between historical, social, political, and ideological circumstances and Latina/o cultures and identities. The major considers the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicanos and Latinos in the United States. Students are free to choose, based on their interests and future career plans, a particular area of emphasis in which to complete their major electives.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2486
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/cals/
  • BA Programs: BA in Chicano and Latino Studies
    • Interdisciplinary Track
    • Techer Preparation Track, Multiple subjects Program
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Chicano and Latino Studies

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

CALS 165A/B

Fall and Spring 165A counts toward C1: Arts and 165B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking + Critical Race Studies Must earn a C- or better in 165B to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.
CALS 219 Spring D: Social Sciences + Critical Race Studies  
CALS 220 Fall or Spring C2: Humanities + Critical Race Studies  
CALS 273

Spring

or

Second-year

C2: Humanities  
BIOL 110 Fall or Spring B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity Can substitute for any GE Area B2.
ASTR 100 Fall or Spring B1: Physical Science Can substitute for any GE Area B1.

Pick any D + US2 + US3

or

Pick any D + US1

Fall or Spring

D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government

or

D: Social Sciences + American History

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Communication Studies (BA)

An innovative program that prepares students for careers in media or for advanced graduate study.

The Communications major is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers in the media or for advanced graduate study. Communication and Media Studies coordinates three distinct approaches to the media: practical application, historical study, and critical analysis. Practical application combines basic training in equipment operation, communication skills, production design, organizational skills, and professional internship. Historical study focuses on the evolution of the mass media and the relationship of the mass media to society. Critical analysis explores media ethics and the analysis and evaluation of specific mediated texts using qualitative and quantitative methods.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2149
  • Department webpage: http://coms.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Communication Studies
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Film Studies

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
COMS 125 Fall A1: Oral Communication     Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year. Can substitute for any GE Area A1.
COMS 160A/B  Fall and Spring     160A counts toward C2: Humanities and 160B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking   Must earn a C- or better in 160B to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
Pick any C1     Spring     C1: Arts      
Pick any D + US2 + US3  Fall or Spring     D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government    Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring     D: Social Sciences + American History     Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

Pick any B1

or

Pick any B2

Spring 

B1: Physical Science

or

B2: Life Science

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Computer Science (BS)

The study of computing devices, software that drives them, and tasks they’re capable of performing.

Computer science is the scientific study of computing devices, the software that drives them, and the computational tasks they are capable of performing. Computer scientists study both hardware and software; as with all sciences, each of these possesses both theoretical and applied components. Computing theory shares knowledge and techniques with the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics. Its applications span the range of human endeavors: the physical life and social sciences; the literary, visual, and performing arts; law; government; recreation; and virtually every sector of the commercial world.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2667
  • Department webpage: http://www.cs.sonoma.edu/
  • BS Programs: BS in Computer Science
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Computer Science

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 161 or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
CS 115 Fall or Spring Not GE / Major only Students taking CS 115 in the Fall are recommended to have placement catagories of W2 and M2. Students taking CS 115 in the Spring are recommended to either have placement catagories of W2 and M2, or have completed ENGL 100A and/or MATH 161A. 
CS 215 Spring Not GE / Major only  
CS 242 Spring Not GE / Major only  
CS 210 Spring Not GE / Major only Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year. Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies (BA)

Gain an understanding of mechanisms of social control and criminal justice problems.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies major offers a liberal arts curriculum concerned with the changing nature and content of law; the shifting public expectations of criminal justice agencies; the implications of diversity along the lines of race, gender, and class; and the reactions of those agencies to social perceptions and political pressures. The student is offered an interdisciplinary, multi-methodology, academic approach to the understanding of the mechanisms of social control, resolutions of criminal justice problems, and a knowledge of accepted procedures and alternatives.

  • School: Social Sciences
  • Phone: 707-664-2934
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/ccjs/
  • BA Programs: BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year. MATH 165 or 165A/B are highly recommended.
Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
CCJS 201 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences Must earn a C- or better to receive major credit. Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any A3 Fall or Spring A3: Critical Thinking Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

SPAN 101

or

Pick any C2

Fall C2: Humanities For any language course, eligibility for GE credit is dependant on proper placement. Students are encouraged to work with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to ensure proper placement.

SPAN 102

or

Pick any C1

Spring

C2: Humanities

or

C1: Arts

For any language course, eligibility for GE credit is dependant on proper placement. Students are encouraged to work with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to ensure proper placement.

GEP 201

or

Pick any B1

Spring B1: Physical Science Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

HIST 202

or

Pick any D

Spring D: Social Sciences Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Early Childhood Studies (BA)

Early Childhood Studies provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to work with children in a variety of careers, such as teaching, social work, child therapy, child life specialist, and many more.

The Department of Early Childhood Studies (ECS) offers a major in ECS, a minor in ECS and a Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Early Childhood Education. Students may also use Early Childhood Studies courses to satisfy requirements for the Child Development Permit for teachers of CA state-funded preschool and after-school programs.

  • School: Education
  • Phone: 707-664-3115
  • Department webpage: http://education.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Early Childhood Studies
    • Concentration in Early Childhood Education
    • Concentration in Early Childhood Development
    • Concentration in Integrated Teacher Education Program - Special Education (mild/moderate)
    • Concentration in Integrated Teacher Education Program - Special Education (moderate/severe)
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Early Childhood Studies

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

EDEC 160A/B

Fall and Spring

160A counts toward A1: Oral Communication and 160B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking

Must earn a C- or better in both 160A and 160B to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

Pick any C1

or

Pick any C2

Fall or Spring

C1: Arts

or

C2: Humanities

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D Fall D: Social Sciences  
Pick any B1 Spring B1: Physical Science Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
EDEC 201 Spring Not GE / Major only EDEC 201 is appropriate for all concentrations.
EDEC 110 Spring E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development EDEC 110 is appropriate for all concentrations.
EDEC 178 Fall or Spring Not GE / Major only EDEC 178 is appropriate for all the concentrations.
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Earth Science (BA)

This degree provides a modern, interdisciplinary, liberal-arts synthesis in the geosciences and to the study of geology and the Earth.

The Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences, under the Geology curriculum, provides students with an in depth learning experience for students searching for careers in geoscience, local and state scientific and regulatory agencies, K-12 science teaching, attending law school, or (for example) being a park ranger or working in a field other than pure geology. A diversity of elective courses allow students interested in related fields to build a complementary minor.

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 160

or 

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

or

MATH 165

or

MATH 165A/B

Spring

or

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

or 

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 160, 161, 161B, 165, or 165B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
GEOL 102 Fall B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity  

CHEM 102

or

CHEM 115A/B

or

CHEM 110

Spring

or

Spring and second-year

or

Spring

B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity While 102 and 115A/B do have the B3: Laboratory Activity connected, CHEM 110 does not. For CHEM 115A/B, students need to either have a placement category of M2 or have completed MATH 160, 161, 161A, 165, or 165A to register for this course.
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C or better to receive major credit and a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

Pick any D + US2 + US 3

or

Pick any D + US1

Fall

D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government

or

D: Social Sciences + American History

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any E Fall or Spring E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development  

 

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Economics (BA)

A social science that focuses on the organization of economic systems for the production of goods and services and the distribution of wealth and income.

Economics is a social science that focuses on the organization of economic systems for the production of goods and services and the distribution of wealth and income. The SSU Economics Department is committed to excellence in providing students an education to meet the challenges of the future in a wide variety of careers. The B.A. degree program has three basic objectives: to provide a sound grasp of the tools of economic analysis and measurement; to provide an understanding of institutional development and the interrelation of economic and social factors; and to develop the student’s ability to apply systematic analysis and understanding to decision making in both the private and the public sectors. Many courses deal with the structure and performance of a particular institution or policy area within the economy. Students can follow their career and intellectual interests by taking these types of courses. Many faculty have served as practicing economists with public agencies or private firms, bringing a rich background of practical experience analyzing policy issues and problems to their teaching.

  • School: Business and Economics
  • Phone: 707-664-2377
  • Department webpage: http://sbe.sonoma.edu/economics
  • BA Programs: BA in Economics
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Economics

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165A/B

or

BUS 211

or

ECON 217

Spring or Fall

or

Fall and Spring

or

Spring or Fall

or

Spring or Fall

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 165, 165B, 211, or 217 to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
ECON 204 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences  
ECON 205 Spring or Fall D: Social Sciences  
Pick any A1 Spring or Fall A1: Oral Communication Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

PHIL 101

or

PHIL 102

Fall or Spring A3: Critical Thinking Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

Pick any B1 + B3

or

Pick any B2 + B3

Fall or Spring

B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

or

B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

Pick any D + US2 + US 3

or

Pick any D + US1

Spring

D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government

or

D: Social Sciences + American History

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Electrical Engineering (BS)

Eletrical Engineering's innovative program is designed to provide students with education in electrical engineering with electronics and communications.

Graduates from our Electrical Engineering (EE) programs find high-paying career opportunities in various high-tech industries and become involved in designing wind and solar energy systems, manufacturing electronics devices, developing communications devices, designing computer circuits, building wearable electronics, developing electric cars, and much more. Many of our alums work for big names, including Keysight, Parker Hannifin, Xilinx, Broadcom, Disney, Fitbit, PG&E, Google, Tesla, and Apple. Our undergraduate EE program is best known by its small-classes, project-oriented courses, friendly and caring faculty, student-centered research projects, and its commitment to prepare its diverse student population for immediate employment after graduation.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2361
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/engineering/
  • BS Programs: BS in Electrical Engineering
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Electrical Engineering
  • MA/MS Programs: MS in Computer and Engineering Science

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161 A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 161 or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
EE 110 Spring Not GE / Major only  
CS 115 Fall Not GE / Major only  
ES 104 Fall A1: Oral Commnication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.
EE 112 Fall Not GE / Major only  
PHYS 114 Spring B1: Physical Science Prerequisite of MATH 161 or 161B.
PHYS 116 Spring B3: Laboratory Activity Prerequisite of MATH 161 or 161B.
MATH 211 Spring Not GE / Major only Prerequisite of MATH 161 or 161B.

Pick any D + US2 + US 3

or

Pick any D + US1

Fall or Spring

D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government

or

D: Social Sciences + American History

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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English (BA)

English familiarizes us with the written documents that define the past and give meaning and purpose to the present.

English remains one of the most various, comprehensive, and liberalizing of the liberal arts. It familiarizes us with the written documents that define the past and gives meaning and purpose to the present; it investigates the sources and structure of language; it enriches our awareness of language in written and oral forms; it stirs the creative and recreative impulses; and it provides us with multiple ways to envision our world and ourselves through the study of fiction, poetry, drama, and both expository and creative non-fiction.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2140
  • Department webpage: http://english.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in English
    • Concentration in Literature
    • Concentration in Creative Writing
    • Concentration in English Education (Secondary Teaching Preparation)
  • Minor Programs: Minor in English
  • MA/MS Programs: MA in English

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
ENGL 160A/B Fall and Spring 160A counts toward C2: Humanities and 160B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better in 160B to receive GE and/or major credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

Pick any B1 + B3

or

Pick any B2 + B3

Fall or Spring

B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

or

B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

 

Pick any D + US2 + US 3

or

Pick any D + US1

Fall or Spring

D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government

or

D: Social Sciences + American History

 
ENGL 207 Spring C1: Arts Can substitute for any GE Area C1.
Pick any E Fall or Spring E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development  

 

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French (BA)

This program enables students to attain an advanced level of competency in speaking, listening, reading, writing and francophone world cultures.

The purpose of the French major is to enable students to attain an advanced level of competency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and to provide them with a comprehensive knowledge of the historic and contemporary culture and institutions of France and the Francophone world. The French language is studied not as an end in itself, but as a vehicle for students’ broader and more informed participation in their chosen fields. Students who study French at SSU also have the option of completing a portion of the course work in France or in Canada, and should contact the International Programs Office for information.

Note regarding placement: Students who have not previously studied French or who have had under 3 years of French study may enroll directly in FR 101 or, with consultation with Professor Toczyski, in FR 102 in the spring. Students who have done 3 or 4 years of high school French may enroll directly in FR 201. Students who have taken the French AP exam should contact Professor Toczyski for advising, as they may already have 12-16 units of French credit and may be able to enroll directly in FR 300.

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

FR 101

or

FR 201

or

FR 300

Fall C2: Humanities Eligibility for GE credit is dependant on proper placement. Students are encouraged to work with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to ensure proper placement. For additional info, see guidance on placement above and/or consult with Professor Toczyski.
Pick any C1 Fall or Spring C1: Arts Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication  Must earn a C- or better to receive GE and/or major credit.

FR 102

or

FR 202

or

Chosen in consultation with advisor

Spring C2: Humanities Eligibility for GE credit is dependant on proper placement. Students are encouraged to work with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to ensure proper placement. For additional info, see guidance on placement above and/or consult with Professor Toczyski.

Pick any B1 + B3

or

Pick any B2 + B3

Spring or Fall

B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

or

B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

Pick any D + US2 + US 3

or

Pick any D + US1

Spring or Fall

D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government

or

D: Social Sciences + American History

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Geography and Environment (BA, BS)

Professionals in the fields of geographic and environmental analysis study relationships between human activities and the natural and built environment, aiming to help solve complex and rapidly-evolving environmental and societal challenges around the globe.  The program integrates perspectives from the natural and social sciences, and at a variety of spatial and temporal scales, to both understand and tackle real-world problems and debates.  Students are prepared for careers in environmental and geospatial professions, for further work in graduate studies, and to participate as informed and thoughtful global citizens.

The Geography, Environment, and Planning (GEP) Department’s mission is to promote excellence in teaching and research across five areas of focus: 1) human-environment conflict and collaboration; 2) building resilience with environmental systems; 3) the application of geospatial and quantitative analyses to solving complex environmental and societal problems; 4) management and planning for sustainable communities; and 5) urban planning. For students, those goals are met through two degrees.

  • School: Social Sciences
  • Phone: 707-664-2306
  • Department webpage: http://gep.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Geography and Environment
  • BS Programs: BS in Environmental Studies
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Geography and Environment

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

SCI 120A/B

or

MATH 165A/B

or

MATH 165

or

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring

or

Fall and Spring

or

Fall or Spring

or 

Fall and Spring

B2: Phsyical Sciences + B3: Laboratory Activity + A1: Oral Communication + B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

or

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

or

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

or

Depends on FLC   

SCI 120A/B, MATH 165, and/or MATH 165A/B is appropriate for the BA degree. While any FLC is appropriate for the BS degree. Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

CHEM 115A/B

Fall and Spring

B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

CHEM 115A/B is appropriate for the BS degree. For CHEM 115A/B, students need to either have a placement category of M2 or have completed MATH 165, 165A, or SCI 120A/B to register for this course.

PHIL 101

or

PHIL 102

Fall A3: Critical Thinking Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

GEP 203

or

GEP 205

or

GEP 206

Fall D: Social Sciences or E: Lifelong Learning Any of these courses are appropriate for the BA degree. While, these courses are not recommended for the BS degree in the student's first-year, GEP 203 is recommended in the second-year.
GEP 201 Spring B1: Physical Science This course is appropriate for the BA degree. This course is not recommended for the BS degree. 

Pick any C1

or

Pick any C2

or

Pick any D

Spring

C1: Arts

or

C2: Humanities

or

D: Social Sciences

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Geology (BS)

Geology is the study of the materials, structures, processes, and history of the earth.

Geology is the study of the materials, structures, processes, and history of the earth. Philosophically, it allows us to realize our place in the physical universe within the enormity of geologic time. Practically, it leads to understanding of earth processes, the formation of rocks and minerals, and the energy supplies and materials that support our civilization. A solid foundation in quantitative field and laboratory analysis provides a firm background in the principles of geology. Students take a fundamental curriculum that concentrates on the analysis of rocks and minerals, geologic mapping, and report writing. Required courses in physics, chemistry, and mathematics support understanding of geologic principles.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2334
  • Department webpage: http://geology.sonoma.edu/
  • BS Programs: BS in Geology
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Paleontology; Minor in Geology

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring     Depends on FLC     Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C or better in one or both of the semesters to receive major credit and a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Spring

or

Falll and Spring

  Must earn a C- or better in either 161 or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
GEOL 102     Fall     B1: Physical Science  

CHEM 115A/B

Fall and Spring B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity Students need to either have a placement category of M2 or have completed MATH 161 or 161A to register for this course.
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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German Cultural Studies (BA)

The special major in German Cultural Studies helps students understand themselves as participants in their own history and culture as well as think critically across borders in a global context. Recognizing the increasing interconnections in our global world and Germany as one of the key players within the EU and in the international arena, the B.A. program prepares students for graduate school and careers in a wide range of fields.

The special major in German Cultural Studies is offered through ITDS, the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at SSU. The major offers students an interdisciplinary BA that incorporates language courses required for the German minor plus courses in other disciplines. It enriches students' academic and career opportunities by providing them with important skills to find employment in our increasingly interconnected world. The special major prepares students for international or cross-cultural careers in the USA or abroad that require a basic knowledge of the German language, history and culture as well as skills in cross-cultural communication. As part of their studies, students complete an internship (in the US or abroad) and an individual senior project reflecting their interests. Additionally, students must pass the “Goethe B1 Certificate” Proficiency Examination and earn the internationally recognized language certificate offered at SSU under the auspices of the Goethe Institute. For information about the Bachelor of Arts in the Special Major: German Cultural Studies see www.sonoma.edu/modlang/german/. Please contact the coordinator Dr. Michaela Grobbel for specific information and questions of placement into the appropriate level of the first German language class.

Note regarding placement: Students who have not previously studied German or who have had under 3 years of German study may enroll directly in GER 101 or, after consultation with Dr. Grobbel, in GER 102 in the spring. Students who have successfully completed 3 or 4 years of high school German may enroll directly in GER 200. If a student scored a 3 on the German AP Exam, they earn credit for GER 101 (4 units), GER 102 (4 units), and GER 210 (4 units) for a total of 12 units. If a student scored a 4 or 5 on the German AP Exam, they earn credit for GER 101 (4 units), GER 102 (4 units), GER 200 (4 units), and GER 210 (4 units) for a total of 16 units. Students who have taken the German AP exam should contact Dr. Grobbel for proper placement.

  • School: Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Phone: 707-664-2637
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/modlang/german/
  • BA Programs: BA in the Special Major: German Cultural Studies
  • Minor Programs: Minor in German

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning  Quantitative Reasoning    Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring

Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
GER 101 Fall C2: Humanities Eligibility for GE credit is dependant on proper placement. Students are encouraged to work with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to ensure proper placement. For additional info, see guidance on placement above and/or consult with Dr. Grobbel.
GER 102 Spring C2: Humanities Eligibility for GE credit is dependant on proper placement. Students are encouraged to work with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to ensure proper placement. For additional info, see guidance on placement above and/or consult with Dr. Grobbel.
Pick any E Fall E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development  
Pick any B1 Spring B1: Physical Sceicne + Lab

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

PIck any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better into receive GE credit.
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Global Studies (BA)

The program prepares students to work internationally or in a multicultural context by studying global social issues from a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective.

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for international or intercultural service through the study of other cultures, world history, political and economic systems, world geography, environmental issues, and a modern language. Recognizing the increasing interdependence of the world and the global nature of contemporary issues, the major is designed to increase awareness and understanding of global social challenges, while developing the skills needed to work effectively in a global or multicultural context.

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring

Depends on FLC

Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

Math 103

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall 

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning     Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any language course Fall and Spring C2: Humanities Students are encouraged to have a placement evaluation. Please see a program advisor for proper course placement
Pick any A1 Fall A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better into receive GE credit.
BIOL 110 Spring B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity  

GEP 201

or

GEP 206

Spring

B1: Physical Science

or

E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development

Can substitute GEP 206 for any GE Area E.

GEP 203

or

ANTH 201

Spring D: Social Sciences  

 

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History (BA)

Students will develop research, analytical, and communication skills which can be drawn upon in a variety of careers, including teaching, business, politics, and the law.

The study of history involves the study of all human thought and action, ranging from the economic and the political to the psychological and the artistic. Combining the perspectives and methods of the social sciences and the humanities, it seeks to comprehend the problems and challenges faced by individuals and societies in the distant and recent past, nearby and far away. This understanding of the human experience provides the necessary historical perspective to explain the present. The history major is designed both to provide the basis for a solid liberal arts education and to meet the needs of individual students.  Within the specific requirements of the major, students receive basic instruction in the history of the United States as well as that of other countries. They are also introduced to the methods of historical inquiry, techniques of historical writing, differing philosophies of history and historiography, past and present. Beyond these basic requirements, students may arrange course work to fit their needs and interests. Upper division classes are generally small and offer ample individual attention, guidance, and interaction between students and faculty.

  • School: Social Sciences
  • Phone: 707-664-2313
  • Department webpage: http://history.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in History
  • Minor Programs: Minor in History
  • MA/MS Programs: MA in History

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC  Fall and Spring   Depends on FLC   Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning   Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any B1

or

Pick any B2

Fall

B1: Physical Science

or

B2: Life Science

 

HIST 251 

or

HIST 252

Fall D: Social Sciences + American History    

Pick any B1 + B3

or

Pick any B2 + B3

Spring

B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

or

B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

 
Pick any A1   Spring A1: Oral Communication Must Earn a C- or better to receive GE credit

HIST 201

or

HIST 202  

Spring

  D: Social Sciences 

 

 

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Human Development (BA)

This interdisciplinary liberal arts program focuses on human growth and development across the life course.

The BA in Human Development is a multidisciplinary liberal arts program that focuses on growth and development across the human life course, the underlying processes and structures that support that growth, and the relationship between the individual and the complex familial, social, and cultural environments in which growth is situated. The Human Development major is designed to provide students with a comprehensive grounding in complementary theoretical approaches to human development across the life course. Students gain expertise in how the life course varies across species, cultures, and social positions such as gender, sexuality, class, and race. Students interested in majoring in Human Development must first declare Pre-Human Development and must:

  1. Complete GE Area A1, A2, and A3 with a C- or better
  2. Complete GE Area B2 with a C or better
  3. Complete ANTH 200, MATH 165, and either ANTH 203 or PSY 250 or SOCI 201 with a C or better
  4. Complete 30 units of GE coursework
  5. Maintain a 2.500 cumulative GPA

Students declared Pre-Human Development do not need to complete all Pre-Human Development coursework in their first-year, but these requirements should be completed by the end of their second-year. Once these requirements are met, students may declare Human Development as their major.

  • School: Social Sciences
  • Phone: 707-664-2312
  • Department webpage: http://hd.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Human Development

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC     Fall and Spring     Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
ANTH 201     Fall    

B2: Life Science

Can substitute ANTH 201 for any GE Area B2 course.  Must earn a C or better in prerequisite and major courses
ANTH 200     Spring     D: Social Sciences Must earn a C or better in prerequisite and major courses
Pick any D + US2 + US3     Fall     D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government    
Pick any C1     Spring     C1: Arts     Must earn a C or better in prerequisite and major courses
HD 200     Spring     E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development   Must earn a C or better in prerequisite and major courses

 

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Hutchins School of Liberal Studies (BA)

Liberal Studies teaches students to become lifelong learners and prepares them for a variety of careers requiring interdisciplinary knowledge, strong critical thinking and communication skills, including elementary education.

The Hutchins School is an interdisciplinary school within SSU Arts and Humanities offering major tracks in interdisciplinary studies and in elementary teacher preparation, including an accelerated BA + multiple subject credential track. The Track III Blended Program must be started your first semester at SSU. Contact Hutchins to join our programs.

Hutchins offers a General Education Program open to all SSU students that fulfills all SSU lower division GE requirements with the exception of B4 math. Students take LIBS 101, 102, 201 & 202 (9 units each) composed of 15-person seminars  focused on reading, writing, and discussion, in which all students take an active part. Each seminar is part of a larger learning community that meets together once a week for lectures, field trips, labs, and group projects.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2491
  • Program Advisor: Donna Garbesi
  • Department webpage: https://hutchins.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Liberal Studies (Hutchins)
    • Track I - Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Track II - Elementary Teacher Preparation
    • Track III - Blended Elementary Teach Preparation + Multiple Subject Credential Program
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Integrative Studies

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

LIBS 101

Fall

A2: Written Communication + C1: Arts + A1: Oral Communiation

Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

LIBS 100 Fall Not GE / Elective only Optional support course for the composition and writing components of LIBS 101. 
LIBS 102  Spring     C2: Humanities + D: Social Sciences + E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development

Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Track I students may pick any one-semester or yearlong stretch Math. Track II and Track III Blended studnets are to take either MATH 150 or MATH 150A/B. Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to recieve GE credit. Must complete in first year.

LIBS 103

or

UNIV 102

Fall and Spring Not GE / Major Only UNIV 102 is appropriate for EOP students. While LIBS 103 is appropriate for all other students.
Additional courses to vary per track Fall and Spring Depends on course  

 

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Kinesiology (BS)

The Kinesiology major utilizes a comprehensive and integrative approach to examine phenomena related to all aspects of physical activity.

Kinesiology, as the study of human movement, utilizes a comprehensive and integrative approach to examine phenomena related to all aspects of physical activity. The curriculum offered by the Department of Kinesiology prepares graduates who can apply kinesiological principles to the acquisition, performance, and refinement of motor skills and to the use of physical activity as an educative tool and a medium for health promotion, personal well-being, and participation in an active lifestyle. The curriculum addresses human movement across the life span from biological/physical, behavioral, sociocultural, and humanistic perspectives, with attention given to the unique and common needs of all people in a wide variety of contexts and conditions.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2357
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/kinesiology/
  • BS Programs: BS in Kinesiology
    • Concentration in Lifetime Physical Activity
    • Concentration in Exercise Science (Pre-Physical Therapy)
    • Concentration in Interdisciplinay (Pre-Occupational Therapy)

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring    

Depends on FLC

Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning     Must earn a C- or better in either 165 or 165B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
 

BIOL 110

or

BIOL 115

Fall

B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity

or 

B2: Life Science

BIOL 110 is appropriate for the concentration in Exercise Science (Pre-Physical Therapy). Either BIOL 110 or BIOL 115 are appropriate for the concentrations in Interdisciplinary (Pre-Occupational Therapy) and Lifetime Physical Activity.

CHEM 115A/B

or

CHEM 105

or

CHEM 110

Fall and Spring

or

Fall or Spring

or

Fall or Spring

B1: Physical Science + Laboratory Activity

CHEM 115A/B is appropriate for Exercise Science. Students need to either have a placement category of M2 or have completed MATH 165 or 165A to register for this course. CHEM 105 or 110 in the Fall is appropriate for Interdisciplinary Pre-Occupational Therapy. CHEM 105 or 110 is appropriate for Lifetime Physical Activity.

Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Mathematics (BA, BS)

The concepts of mathematics play an ever-increasing part in modern life and is a rapidly growing discipline.

Mathematics is a rapidly growing discipline whose concepts and applications play an ever-increasing part in modern life. Mathematics has always been an essential tool in the physical sciences, and has more recently been applied extensively in such diverse areas as medical and biological research, environmental studies, economics, management science, behavioral and social sciences, statistics, and computer science. Our basic curriculum is designed to give students the mathematical skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, and teaching, as well as to provide a sound background for continuation of study toward advanced degrees in mathematics, computer science, statistics, and related fields.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2368
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/math/
  • BA Programs: BA in Mathematics
  • BS Programs: BS in Mathematics
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Mathematics

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC     Fall and Spring     Depends on FLC     Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C or better in either 161 or 161B to receive major credit and a C- or better to receive GE credit. 
MATH 175 Fall Not GE / Major Only  
Pick any D  Fall D: Social Sciences Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
MATH 211 Spring Not GE / Major Only Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication    Depending on the FLC the student selects, this may or may not be appropriate. Must earn a C or better to receive major credit and a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year.

Pick any B1

or

Pick any B2

Fall or Spring

B1: Physical Science

or

B2: Life Science

Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Music (BA, BM)

A commitment to active involvement stands at the heart of the music curriculum.

In the music curriculum, students are actively involved as listeners, performers, composers, critics, or historians. Intelligent and lively participation informs every facet of the department’s various degree programs. The core curriculum for music majors provides a thorough foundation in such essential skills as keyboard facility, theoretical understanding, aural perception, and analysis of a wide range of music literature. The curriculum is designed to place the specialized study of music in the setting of a liberal arts education and to serve as a firm basis for careers in a wide variety of professions in music and those related to music.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2324
  • Department webpage: http://music.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Music
  • BM Programs: BM in Music
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Music

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MUS 160A/B

Fall and Spring 160A counts toward C2: Humanities and 160B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better in 160B to receive GE and/or major credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either to receive GE credit. 
MUS 106 Fall Not GE / Major only Must earn a C- or better to advance to the next level in the course sequence.
MUS 109 Fall Not GE / Major only Must earn a C- or better to advance to the next level in the course sequence.
Performance Ensemble Fall and Spring Not GE / Major only  
Private Instruction Course Fall and Spring Not GE / Major only  
MUS 151 Fall and Spring Not GE / Major only  
MUS 110 Spring Not GE / Major only Must earn a C- or better to advance to the next level in the course sequence.
MUS 120 Spring Not GE / Major only Must earn a C- or better to advance to the next level in the course sequence.
MUS 209 Spring Not GE / Major only Must earn a C- or better to advance to the next level in the course sequence.
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. 

 

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Nursing (BS)

The nursing program provides opportunities for learning using a variety of traditional and technology-mediated strategies.

The Department of Nursing provides a foundation for lifelong learning and graduate nurses who practice within a broad cultural perspective, affirm intellectual and aesthetic achievements as a part of the human experience, develop professional leadership, foster flexibility and resilience, and contribute to the health and well-being of the world at large. The Department of Nursing recognizes nursing as a nurturing response, based upon a blend of art and science, occurring within a subjective and objective environment with the aim of developing the well-being of both nurse and client (client as individuals, families, communities, and organizations.) The Department of Nursing offers both BSN and MSN degrees in a variety of formats and is fully accredited by the ACEN and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2465
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/nursing/
  • BS Programs: BS in Nursing
  • MA/MS Programs: MS in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year. Must earn a B or better for all Nursing prerequisites.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 165 or 165B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year. Must earn a B or better for all Nursing prerequisites.


Pick any A3

Fall or Spring A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. 
BIOL 115 Fall B2: Life Science Must earn a B or better for all Nursing prerequisites
CHEM 105 Fall B1: Physical Science + Laboratory Activity Must earn a B or better for all Nursing prerequisites
BIOL 220 Spring B1: Physical Science + Laboratory Activity Must earn a B or better for all Nursing prerequisites
Pick any D Spring D: Social Sciences  
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication   Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. 

 

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Philosophy (BA)

The philosophy degree stems from the richness of the perennial themes that are addressed in philosophical texts and discussions.

The overall aim of the SSU Philosophy Department is to train and inspire students to become effective ethical agents in the world. The research focus of our faculty covers a range of topics in practical philosophy: environmental ethics; robo-ethics and artificial intelligence; compassion, prosocial emotions and moral psychology; moral theory; philosophy of law; philosophy of race; philosophy of gender; social justice; the good life; and global interdependence. Although students will specialize in one of the four concentrations, they will have ample opportunity to take classes from all the concentrations. Students will graduate with a well-rounded background and training in practical philosophy.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2163
  • Department webpage: http://philosophy.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Philosophy
    • Concentration in Pre-Law & Applied Ethics
    • Concentration in The Good Life
    • Concentration in Social Justice
    • Concentration in Science, Technology, & Ethics
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Philosophy

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one semester Math

or

MATH 165A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 165 or 165B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
PHIL 160A/B Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Must earn a C- or better in 160B to receive GE and/or major credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
Pick any A1 Fall A1: Oral Communication     Must earn a C- or better to receive GE and/or major credit.
Pick any D Fall D: Social Sciences  
Pick any E Spring E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development  
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government  

 

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Physics (BA, BS)

The study of physics seeks to explain all the complicated phenomena in the natural world.

Physics is the most fundamental of all the scientific disciplines. Ranging from the applied to the abstract, from the infinitesimal to the infinite, and from quarks to the cosmos, the study of physics seeks to explain all the complicated phenomena in the natural world by providing a description of these phenomena in terms of a few basic principles and laws. Physicists also use their knowledge of fundamental principles to solve concrete problems.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2119
  • Department webpage: http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/advising.shtml
  • BA Programs: BA in Physics
  • BS Programs: BS in Physics
    • Concentration in Astrophysics
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Physics, Minor in Astronomy

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 161 or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
CHEM 115A/B Fall and Spring B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity   Students need to either have a placement category of M2 or have completed MATH 161 or 161A to register for this course.
PHYS 100 Fall B1: Physical Science Recommended
MATH 211 Spring Not GE / Major only     
PHYS 114 Spring B1: Physical Science  
PHYS 116 Spring B3: Laboratory Activity  
PHYS 494 Spring Not GE / Major only Recommended

 

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Political Science (BA)

A program that offers opportunities for the study of government, politics, and the exercise of political power.

The political science program at SSU offers excellent opportunities for the study of government, politics and the exercise of political power. More than 40 courses cover all the major aspects of the discipline. Students develop an understanding of broad, philosophical questions as they relate to politics. They learn to discuss and analyze critically U.S. political institutions and the many public policy issues facing the United States and the world. They are taught how to analyze and understand world affairs and international relations. They are taught how to evaluate and compare political phenomena across different countries.

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one semester Math

or

MATH 165A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive B4 GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Must earn a C- or better in B to receive GE and/or major credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
POLS 201 Fall D: Social Sciences Passage of all major core requirements, including this course, requires a grade of C or better.
BIOL 110 Fall B2: Life Science + B3: Laboratory Activity  

POLS 202

or

POLS 200

Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Passage of all major core requirements, including this course, requires a grade of C or better. POLS 202 is strongly recommended for POLS majors.
Pick any E Spring E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development  

 

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Psychology (BA)

Psychology is the study of the mind, behavior, and experience.

Psychology is the study of mind, behavior and experience. From this foundation, psychologists have developed sub-disciplines that address many diverse aspects of human experience. Psychology is a field that requires one to apply focused knowledge, abilities, and skills in order to solve human problems. It is an extremely diverse field that attracts people with a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and skills.

  • School: Social Sciences
  • Phone: 707-664-2411
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/psychology/
  • BA Programs: BA in Psychology
  • Minors Programs: Minor in Psychology (inactive)
  • MA/MS Programs: MA in Psychology: Emphasis in Depth Psychology (inactive)

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165X

or

MATH 165A/B

or

ECON 217

or

BUS 211

Fall or Spring

or

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

or

Fall or Spring

or

Fall or Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C or better in either the 165, 165X, 165B, 217, or 211 to receive major credit and a C- or better in 165, 165X, 165B, 217, or 211 to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Must earn a C- or better in B to receive GE and/or major credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
PSY 250 Fall D: Social Sciences Must earn a C or better to receive major credit.
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE and/or major credit.
Pick any B1 Spring B1: Physical Science  
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government  
Pick any C1 Spring C1: Arts  

 

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Sociology (BA)

Sociology works to improve the human condition through a commitment to social justice and human equality. It emphasizes research skills and data-driven analysis.

Sociology is the discipline that studies groups and societies—what they are, how they got that way, and what impact they have. It uses research to understand social processes and patterns. Sociology is a field with diverse areas of study. These range from the behavior of the individual as a social actor to the structure of entire societies. Key topics include social psychology, socialization, deviant behavior, group behavior, organizations and institutions, power, inequality, and social change. Major social institutions, including the family, education, religion, social welfare, medicine, work, politics, culture, and the media are also explored in detail.  Sociology majors develop strong research skills that lead to jobs in many fields (non-profits, social work, law, education, business), as well as admission to graduate programs (MA, MSW, MPH, PhD).

  • School: Social Sciences
  • Phone: 707-664-2561
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/sociology/
  • BA Programs: BA in Sociology
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Sociology

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165X

or

MATH 165A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the 165, 165X, or 165B to receive major/GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
Pick any A1 Fall A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE and/or major credit.
SOCI 201 Spring D: Social Sciences Must earn a C- or better to receive major credit.
Pick any B1 Spring B1: Physical Science  
Pick any D + US1 Spring D: Social Sciences + American History  
Pick any E Spring E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development  

 

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Spanish (BA)

The Spanish program offers a full range of courses in language, literature, and culture, as well as interdisciplinary concentrations.

The culture and literary traditions of Spain, the growing interest in the politics, culture, and commerce of Latin America, the proximity of Mexico, and the presence of a large Spanish-speaking population in California and the University’s service area all contribute to the shaping of the curriculum of the Spanish program and provide excellent reasons for the study of Spanish. The Spanish program offers a full range of courses in language, literature, and culture, as well as interdisciplinary concentrations. Most courses taken abroad in the CSU International Programs may be counted toward the major or minor.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2351
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/modlang/spanish/
  • BA Programs: BA in Spanish
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Spanish
  • MA/MS Programs: MA in Spanish

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC

Fall and Spring

Depends on FLC

Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. 

SPAN 101

or

SPAN 201

or

SPAN 202

or

SPAN 300

Fall C2: Humanities  Eligibility for GE credit is dependant on proper placement. Students are encouraged to work with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to ensure proper placement. For additional info, consult with Professor Reeder.
Pick any D Fall D: Social Science  
Pick any A1 Spring A1: Oral Communication  
Pick any C1 Spring C1: Arts  

SPAN 102

or

SPAN 202

or

SPAN 300

Spring C2: Humanities Eligibility for GE credit is dependant on proper placement. Students are encouraged to work with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to ensure proper placement. For additional info, consult with Professor Reeder.
Pick any B1 + B3 Spring B1: Physical Science + B3: Laboratory Activity  

 

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Statistics (BS)

Curriculum is designed to give students the skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, and teaching.

Mathematics and statistics are rapidly growing disciplines whose concepts and applications play an ever-increasing part in modern life. Statistics has long been an essential tool in the physical sciences and has more recently been applied extensively in such diverse areas as medical and biological research, environmental studies, management science, behavioral and social sciences, and economics. Our basic curriculum is designed to give students the skills necessary for success in business, industry, government, and teaching. In addition, these degrees will provide a sound background for continuation of study toward advanced degrees in statistics, or a quantitative foundation for graduate school in disciplines such as business, economics, biology, or other fields.

  • School: Science and Technology
  • Phone: 707-664-2367
  • Department webpage: http://web.sonoma.edu/math/
  • BS Programs: BS in Statistics
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Statistics

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.

MATH 165

or

MATH 165A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 165 or 165B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 161

or

MATH 161A/B

Fall

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either 161 or 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 265

or 

MATH 165A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

Not GE / Major only

or

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

For MATH 165A/B only: Must earn a C- or better in either 165B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

MATH 211

or

MATH 161A/B

Spring

or

Fall and Spring

Not GE / Major only

or

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

For MATH 161A/B only: Must earn a C- or better in either 161B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE credit. Recommended in first-year. Do not select an A1 if your FLC covers A1.
Pick any US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.
Pick any D + US1 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + American History Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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Theatre Arts (BA)

A rigorous program where students explore and share their passions and aptitudes toward the making of theatre and dance.

The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance provides a rigorous and nurturing learning context where students explore and share their passions and aptitudes toward the making of theatre and dance. Through a rich set of courses, a wide range of performance styles and opportunities, personal contact with faculty and guest artists, focused and comprehensive individual advising, and a supporting and caring staff, SSU theatre arts and dance majors and minors gain a deep impression of ensemble and individual creativity, and a lasting sense of community.

  • School: Arts and Humanities
  • Phone: 707-664-2474
  • Department webpage: http://theatreartsanddance.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Theatre Arts & Dance
    • Concentration in Acting
    • Concentration in Dance
    • Concentration in Technical Theatre
    • Concentration in Theatre Studies
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Theatre Arts

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
THAR 160A/B Fall and Spring 160A counts toward C2: Humanities and 160B counts toward A3: Critical Thinking Must earn a C- or better in 160B to receive GE and/or major credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
THAR 143A Fall Not GE / Major only  
THAR 145A Fall Not GE / Major only  
THAR 125 Fall A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE and/or major credit. Recommended in first-year. Can substitute for any GE Area A1.
THAR 120 Spring Not GE / Major only  
THAR 144A Spring Not GE / Major only  
THAR 145B Spring Not GE / Major only  
Pick any D Spring D: Social Sciences  

 

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Women’s and Gender Studies (BA)

Women’s and Gender Studies prepares students for transformative lives through interdisciplinary exploration of gender and connected forms of social power such as sexuality, race, and class.

Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) empowers students to explore the social, political, and cultural dimensions of gender and inequity. WGS draws on feminist and interdisciplinary methods to study how gender structures everything from our innermost sense of self, to our families and communities, to our nation and transnational relations. We use an intersectional perspective, meaning that we understand gender to be co-constituted with race, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, ability, and other forms of social power. Students learn through an interdisciplinary approach examining social structures, institutions, and ideologies of gender through social, legal, historical, and cultural lenses.  Students in WGS develop critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in diverse workforces and to understand and engage in building a more equitable world.

  • School: Social Sciences
  • Phone: 707-664-2840
  • Department webpage: http://wgs.sonoma.edu/
  • BA Programs: BA in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Minor Programs: Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, Minor in Queer Studies

Courses recommended / required for year-one:

Course(s) Term(s) GE Area(s) Notes

ENGL 101

or

ENGL 100A/B

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring

A2: Written Communication

Must earn a C- or better in either 101 or 100B to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.

Pick any one-semester Math

or

Pick any yearlong stretch Math

Fall or Spring

or

Fall and Spring


B4: Mathematics / Quantitative Reasoning

 


Must earn a C- or better in either the one-semester course or in the second-semester of the yearlong stretch course to receive GE credit. Must complete in first year.
Pick any yearlong FLC Fall and Spring Depends on FLC Depending on the FLC, may need to earn a C- or better in one or both of the semesters to receive GE credit. To learn more about available FLCs for your major, click here.
Pick any A1 Fall or Spring A1: Oral Communication Must earn a C- or better to receive GE and/or major credit. Recommended in first-year. Can substitute for any GE Area A1.
WGS 200 Fall E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development  
Pick any D Fall D: Social Sciences  
WGS 201 Spring Not GE / Major only  
Pick any D + US2 + US3 Fall or Spring D: Social Sciences + U.S. Constitution + California State and Local Government Sequencing may depend on whether student takes the one-semester or yearlong stretch verision for their GE Area A2 and/or GE Area B4.

 

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