About the College

Mission Statement

In the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, our mission is to inspire the next generation of thinkers, makers and doers. Our programs span the creative arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as the interstices between disciplines. As scholars and artists, advocates and practitioners, our faculty work at the intersection of education and community; they engage diverse bodies of knowledge, connecting learning and application to the broader society. Our students develop the ability to find patterns in data, to speak confidently in public settings, to write effectively and to think critically and ethically. Students in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts listen to the world, find their voices and envision a just future.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Liberal & Creative Arts! We are the College of Ideas, and we engage ideas that feed the spirit, power the world and empower your success and growth.

I speak from experience. As a college freshman, a history course changed my life. I left high school seeing college as a means to the end of a financially secure career, but a course on legal history — yes, legal history — opened my eyes to the power of ideas to change the world. Studying democracy, justice and how individuals and societies find meaning and manage conflict through law gave me a new framework for understanding. It also gave me tremendous confidence, strong writing and reasoning skills and a belief that we develop these skills to improve the world around us.

I share my story because it is completely ordinary. This is the power of our fields of study — through them we are transformed, and that transformation makes for a life of meaning, meaningful work and meaningful communities. You, too, will discover your passions and use them to inspire others. Immeasurable opportunities for transformation abound at San Francisco State. View your college experience as something transcendent, whether you are reading, behind a camera or performing on stage.

The liberal and creative arts provide you with a foundation of confidence, critical thinking and engagement toward a greater good. Our university community is among the nation’s most diverse — not only in demographics and global cultures, but also in our embrace of ideas, discourse, creativity and ingenuity.

We are here to help you find and fulfill your passions throughout your SF State journey. Our faculty are invested in your success and will work closely with you in the most difficult times. The College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Advising and Resource Center provides advising and training, study spaces, a computer lab and even office supplies. Our alumni will share their insights and successes and help you chart your own career paths.

Thank you for choosing San Francisco State! Please feel free to stop and say hi on campus. I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing how the story of this great university can help you write your story as well.

Andrew Harris, Ph.D.
College of Liberal & Creative Arts