College of Arts and Humanities Spotlight
Expand your imagination and creativity.
Reflect critically on questions of belief, values, and the nature of human existence.
Develop an appreciation and understanding of the great works of human imagination.
You can find all of our College's latest news at the Arts and Humanities blog!
Tickets for Summer Arts are now on sale!
Tickets sales for Summer Arts events began on Monday, June 5.
CSU Summer Arts offers courses for academic credit plus a performance festival in the visual, performing, media, and literary arts.
The academic component offers residency courses for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals in creative writing, dance, music, film, video, theatre, performing arts, visual arts, design, and new technology.
Students work with world-renowned master teachers and guest artists to create new works and explore innovative techniques. The most distinguished CSU faculty, exemplary professionals, and hundreds of artistically talented students participate annually.
Guest Artist Public Events
CSU Summer Arts guest artists work intensively with their students during the day and inspire their students and the Fresno community after dark with their talented performances. The Summer Arts public performances give our audiences the opportunity to enjoy the best of today’s artistic talent.
Student Showcase Series
One of the highlights of CSU Summer Arts public events is the Student Showcase Series. The student participants from each Summer Arts course will culminate their experience by staging a public performance, reading, or exhibit highlighting their hard work and skills developed at Summer Arts. All student showcases are free to the public.
Since 1985, the CSU has offered the Summer Arts experience to both audiences and students, systemwide and beyond. Fresno State will reprise its role as host campus for CSU Summer Arts beginning this summer through 2021.
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Advising and Support Center
The College of Arts and Humanities Advising and Support Center (ASC) exists to help students successfully navigate through their college careers. ASC is equipped with professional advisors and counselors who are committed to providing appropriate information to help students achieve their academic, career and personal goals.
The Center is located in Room 156 of the Speech Arts Building.
- Krista Hall
- Felicia Salcido
Make an appointment through GradesFirst, call or e-mail.
Meet Your Dean
Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval
Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval has a Ph.D. from UC, Irvine, and a Certificate in Critical Theory from Cornell University. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval has chosen Fresno as his home, and he sees his role at Fresno State as part of a broader commitment to the region. His research is influenced by deconstructionist and post-colonial theories, as these afford a theoretical and metaphorical space in which to explore the being in process that is unconstrained by a stagnant ontology. He has published on authors from the Spanish Golden Age, Mexican literature, and Portuguese poetry. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval has been instrumental in developing the MA program in Spanish, and has chaired MCLL for 6 years. His passion for student success is evident by the 26 MA theses he has directed.
Provost’s Award Recipients for 2017
Outstanding teaching, research and service are central to the mission of Fresno State. The dedication of our professorial faculty deserves special recognition. Recipients of the Provost's Awards provide our students with a stimulating environment that fosters learning and affirms the university as the intellectual and cultural leader of the San Joaquin Valley. The Provost's Awards honor those faculty members who set new standards of excellence and represent the heart of this great university.
Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, for 2017 - Dr. Benjamin Boone, Professor of Music
Dr.Benjamin Boone (music) joined Fresno State in 2000. Boone’s classroom is said to be a laboratory of life with no boundaries of creativity. He recently brought one of the world’s greatest string quartets, Germany’s Verdi Quartet, to Fresno State for a one-week residency to guide music composition students. Boone’s works have garnered 18 national and international honors and awards. His research on speech from a musical perspective has been noted in Oxford’s “The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,” the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and in Judith Martinovich’s “Creative Expressive Activities and Asperger’s Syndrome.”
Provost's Award for Promising New Faculty, for 2017 - Dr. Alison Mandaville, Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Alison Mandaville (English) joined Fresno State in 2013. Mandaville, a scholar as well as a creative writer, has contributed to teacher education, graphic novels and Azerbaijani literature. Her research on the poetry of Azerbaijani women has made much of the poetry accessible to English readers. Mandaville received the California State Classroom Teaching Excellence Award for 2016. She is currently working on improving Fresno State student graduation rates by developing a new online degree program.
Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities
Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities provide you with the base of humanistic studies and creative expression essential to the understanding of contemporary civilization. Reflect critically on questions of belief, values, and the nature of human existence. Expand your imagination and creativity. Develop an appreciation and understanding of the great works of human imagination.