College of Humanities and the Arts

Spartan Voices

My English major at SJSU brought immediate employment and allowed me entrance into a Stanford Ph.D. program, culminating in a bestselling book and international recognition. I was tenured at SJSU and chosen President's Scholar in 1986. I continued my research all the while teaching the courses I loved, including those in creative arts and humanities. It has been a great ride!

- Gabriele Rico, '59 BA, '64 MA

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Our college is the heart and soul of the university. We offer high-quality, hands-on programs that prepare students to be lifelong learners and skilled critical thinkers. Across the numerous disciplines that comprise our diverse college, our faculty members bring extensive knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the classroom.

I am proud to be dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts and want to share some recent accomplishments:

  • Luis Valdez, '64 English, ’88 Honorary Doctorate, was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama, who congratulated him for "bringing Chicano culture to American drama."
  • The college is leading a Knight Foundation-funded interdisciplinary public prototyping challenge that asks students to answer the question: What will you create to help make San Jose a better place to live, work, and play?
  • Student films Fossil, by Emily Bright and Rick Paz, and The Perch, by Patrick Mattes, were chosen for Cannes Film Festival.

I am deeply grateful to loyal supporters who have helped enable our successes. We have many dreams to support our students and programs, including the creation of:

  • Developing artistic and educational excellence via the Artistic Excellence Fund that promotes artistic residencies, master classes, workshops, scholarships and performances. 
  • Promoting our broader vision of connecting SJSU to the wider community through indoor-outdoor programming at the Hammer Theatre Center via the Arts, Innovation and Technology Fund.

In the College of Humanities and the Arts, we are powering creativity in Silicon Valley. Please consider making a donation to support students and programs in our exciting disciplines!

Thank you,

Shannon Miller, Interim Dean
College of Humanities and the Arts

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Matthew Taylor Siegel
Director of Development