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San Francisco State University Centennial Introduction to the Colleges

Behavioral and Social Sciences

The twenty-four departments and programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offer a wide range of opportunities for the study of human behavior, both as individuals and in society. The College is composed of the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and, the College’s most popular major, Psychology.

Other programs include the Public Research Institute which offers public policy research, training and consultation to governmental agencies and community organizations. The Bay Area itself functions as a laboratory for student and faculty projects in Geography and Human Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, and other areas.


The College of Business is the most popular college at San Francisco State University. Nearly 22% of all degrees granted by the University in 1998 were conferred by the College. Indeed, SFSU’s most popular undergraduate major overall is Business.

The College is home to such programs as International Business and Hospitality Management. Particular strengths in the College include Accounting, Computer Information Systems, and applied theory. Many part-time faculty do consulting or hold senior corporate positions. The College plans to continue its success in educating the current and future managers of many San Francisco Bay Area organizations.

Creative Arts

One of the leading institutions of artistic culture in the Bay Area is the College of Creative Arts. Encompassing the departments of Art, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, Cinema, Dance, Design and Industry, Music, Theatre Arts and the Inter-Arts Center, the College has long provided a unique environment for arts creation. Academic programs in the college encompass all aspects and forms of the arts, including creative practice, theory, history, and arts education.

The College seeks to continue its long history of relationships with varied audiences, communities, and professionals throughout San Francisco. Through community outreach programs, internships, creative productions, and frequent symposia the College maintains connections to the Bay Area while aiding the development of professional artists, scholars, facilitators, and arts educators. The most popular major in the College is Cinema.


The College of Education continues the University’s historical mission to provide teacher training for the Bay Area. Today the College trains two-thirds of San Francisco’s teachers and about 40 percent of the Bay Area’s. The College works closely with local schools to improve the quality of education. The nationally known Special Education Department is a leader in attracting outside grants and contracts.

All programs in the College are based upon excellence in teaching and clinical services, and a commitment to research and scholarship. In so doing, the College strives to develop skills in new teachers so that they may effectively serve students of all ages and their families, especially those residing in ethnically and racially diverse communities.

Ethnic Studies

One of SFSU’s most unique attributes is the College of Ethnic Studies. The four departments in the college offer over 175 courses each semester that explore the extensive contributions of African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Latino American peoples to the history and culture of the United States. Not only were the first ever Black, La Raza, American Indian, and Asian American Studies Departments established at SFSU, but in 1969 these departments were successfully united into the only College of Ethnic Studies in the country.

The College of Ethnic Studies continues to be a national leader in the development of scholarship on race and ethnicity. The pioneering of degree programs in Asian American Studies has quickly made that department the College’s most popular major. Additionally, the College has recently developed a more extensive curriculum consisting of courses encompassing issues relevant to all four ethnic groups. The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies, established in 1988, is designed to increase a student's knowled ge and understanding of the experiences of people of color. It is the only master's degree program in ethnic studies in the United States.

Extended Learning

The College of Extended Learning prepares nontraditional students, many of whom are returning or older students, to excel and succeed in a new profession. The College offers nationally acclaimed curricula and faculty in industry-specific professional training and academic programs. The College specializes in providing avenues for both personal growth and career development through weekend or short-term workshops, professional certificate programs, special interest seminars and practical courses in com puters, photography and other areas.

In contrast with programs which require a degree objective, most Extended Learning programs allow any adult to participate. The College offers hundreds of classes each year for professional development and personal enrichment. Courses are taught by regular University faculty, visiting faculty, and practicing professionals. Included in the College are the nationally known Multimedia Studies Program and English for Professional Purposes, a program for new citizens and immigrants.

Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services was established in the Fall of 1994 by reorganizing existing programs that educated students to serve societal needs in the professional fields associated with health, human, and community services.

The College is comprised of the following divisions: Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics, Counseling, Gerontology, Health Education, Holistic Health, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy Graduate Program, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Social Work. The College offers one of the few Bachelor’s degrees in Recreation in the country, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management is an interdisciplinary program offered in conjunction with the College of Business. The College’s most p opular major is Kinesiology. |


Departments in the College of Humanities teach students to learn to think, reason, and communicate clearly; to understand moral and ethical distinctions; and to develop a sense of both the continuity and the changing values of the human community.

The College consists of the departments of Classics, Creative Writing, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Humanities, Journalism, Philosophy, Speech and Communication Studies, Women Studies, and World and Comparative Literature; and individual programs in Global Peace Studies, Jewish Studies, Museum Studies, NEXA, Religious Studies, and Technical and Professional Writing. It jointly offers the American Studies program with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The College also houses a number of special centers, institutes, and facilities including the renowned Poetry Center. The most popular major in the College is English.

Science and Engineering

The College of Science and Engineering is committed to providing superior scientific and mathematical education in the context of a liberal arts tradition. The College believes that the best education of its students comes through involvement in research and the solution of real-world problems. To carry out that objective, the College recruits and retains outstanding working scientists and engineers to the faculty, such as famed planet-finder Geoff Marcy, and offers them and their students the most ad vanced facilities and equipment possible.

In addition to an active faculty, the College has many state-of-the-art facilities and research centers that offer unique research experiences for students at all levels, from undergraduate to post-doctoral: the Conservation Genetics Laboratory, the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, an electron microscope facility, computational chemistry and visualization laboratory, a DNA analysis facility, a molecular biology core facility, the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center, and an Alpha 3000 inte rnet server dubbed TheCity. NEXA, an innovative teaching program that combines the study of science and humanities, was begun at SFSU and has been emulated by other colleges and universities.

The College offers programs at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels in astronomy, atmospheric sciences, biology, clinical laboratory science, chemistry, computer science, geology, biochemistry, physics, and mathematics. The most popular major in the College is Biology. Through the School of Engineering, the college offers civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.


NOTE: For more information on SFSU’s centennial and events surrounding its celebration, please check our Website at and click on the SFSU 1899-1999 icon.

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