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Message from the Dean

The College of H&A leverages the arts and humanities to explore important questions of our time. Our programs provide students opportunities in Music, Art, Design, Film and Theatre, English, Philosophy, World Languages, Linguistics, and Humanities.

We offer programming through the Hammer Theatre that expands our students’ experiences in their studies. Highlights include our Frankenstein initiative, in which disciplines from across our college engage with this timely 200-year old novel. See recent work by faculty, plus current reflections on the importance of Frankenstein for our time.

Our faculty are actively involved with our Deep Humanities & Arts initiative where students and faculty are interrogating issues of ethical responsibility, the power of the aesthetic, and the meaning of the “human” in a technology-filled world.


Mission Statement

The College of Humanities and the Arts at San José State University provides a high-quality liberal arts education focused on creativity, innovation, and problem solving. We prepare students to be compassionate, informed citizens of the world. 


Academic Highlights

San Jose State University College of Humanities and the Arts is partnering with other academic institutions in the Bay Area to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. See events celebrating this anniversary throughout the Bay Area region here:

Frankenstein@200 Partnership:

Frankenstein Faculty Work:

Hammer Theatre Frankenstein Series:

Deep Humanities Series:



Art and Art History

Art and Art History



English and Comparative Literature

English and
Comparative Literature



Linguistics and Language Development

Linguistics and
Language Development

Music and Dance

Music and Dance



Television, Radio, Film & Theatre

Film and Theatre

World Languages and Literatures

World Languages
and Literatures

Journalism & Mass Communication

Jornalism & Mass Communication