Minor in Applied Arts

Program Advisors and Offices

  • Jeff Langley / Performing Arts
    Ives Hall 207, 707 664-4404
  • Tim Wandling / English Department
    Nichols Hall 362, 707 664-2140
  • Gregory Roberts / Art and Art History Department
    Art Building 128, 707 664-3042

The applied arts curriculum provides practical and theoretical training in at least three of the following arts areas: art, English (with an emphasis on creative writing), music and theatre arts (drama and/or dance). The minor is intended for students interested in acquiring a broad background in the arts, but is particularly appropriate for liberal studies majors who intend to complete the Multiple Subject Credential Program. The applied arts minor provides these students with practical skills appropriate to their future work as classroom teachers at the elementary grade level. The minor in applied arts consists of 18 units. At least six of these units must be upper division. To fulfill the minor, students are expected to complete nine units of activity courses (three units in each of three fields selected from art, English, music and theatre arts), as well as a concentration consisting of nine additional units in one of three fields.

Activity Courses

Select three fields from the following four (art, English, music and theatre arts) and complete three units in each field selected.

ART Activity Course
Course Description Units
ArtS 202-298 Any beginning-level faculty-instructed studio courses 2-4


English Activity Courses
Course Description Units
ENGL 342 Children's Literature 3
ENGL 343 Youth and Literature 3
ENGL 367 Introduction to Short Story 3
ENGL 369 Introduction to Poetry 3
ENGL 371 Introduction to Novel 3
ENGL 373 Introduction to Drama 3


Music Activity Courses
Course Description Units
MUS 400 Music for the Classroom 3
MUS 105 Fundamentals 3
MUS 325 or MUS 327 SSU Chorus (May be repeated for credit) OR S 1-2
MUS 327 Symphonic Wind Ensemble 2
MUS 115/415 Class Instruction in Voice 1
MUS 118/418 Class Instruction in Guitar 1


Theater Activity Courses
Course Description Units
THAR 101 Making Theatre 3
THAR 300 Theatre in Action 3
THAR 460 Drama for Children AND 2
THAR 120 Acting: Fundamentals 2
THAR 470 Dance for Children  AND 2
THAR 110 Dance Fundamentals 1

Total units in activity courses = 9

Concentration Courses

To earn the minor in applied arts, students must also complete a nine-unit concentration in one of the three fields previously selected. The following are concentration courses:


Art Concentration Courses
Course Description Units
ArtS 400 Art in the Classroom 3
ArtH 210 OR ArtH 211 Introduction to Art History (Pre-classical to Renaissance) or
Introduction to Art History (Renaissance to Modern)



Any three upper-division creative writing courses, including at least two genres, and ENGL 342 if not taken previously.


Music Concentration Courses
 Course Description Units
MUS 400 Music for the Classroom (if not taken previously) 3
MUS 250A Survey of Western Music – Ancient World to 1750 3
MUS 250B Survey of Western Music – 1750 to present 3
MUS 350 Survey of World Music 3
MUS 323 Chamber Singers 2
MUS 324 Sonoma County Bach Choir 1-2
MUS 325 SSU Chorus 1-2
MUS 326 Classical Guitar Ensemble 1-2
MUS 327 Symphonic Wind Ensembles 1-2
MUS 329 Chamber Music Ensembles 1-2
MUS 330 Music Theatre Production 1-2
MUS 379 Contemporary Jazz Ensemble 1-2
MUS 391 Concert Jazz Ensemble 1-2



Theater Concentration Courses
Course Description Units
THAR 102 Intro to the History of  Drama and Dance: Origins to 1800 3
THAR 103 Intro to the History of Drama and Dance: 1800 to the Present 3
THAR 300 Theatre in Action 3
THAR 301 Dance Ensemble 3
THAR 302 Drama Ensemble Workshop 3
THAR 110 Dance Fundamentals 1
THAR An appropriate selection of technique courses chosen in consultation with an advisor 3


Total units in concentration = 9

Total units in the minor = 18

Students embarking on the applied arts minor are expected to develop and file a contract indicating the courses they wish to take to fulfill the minor. Certain course substitutions to the above-stated requirements may be allowed with sufficient justification and approval of the student's advisor and department chair, both of whom will be members of the department of the student's concentration.