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Sonoma State: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:Fall term begins in late August and Spring term begins in late January.
Calendar system:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in June and July for the Fall term and in November for the Spring term.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:business administration, psychology
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:83%

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:no
Minor requirements:not required for graduation
Physical education is required:no
There are religious requirements for graduation:no
Minimum GPA required to graduate:2.0

Programs Offered

Special programs offered: student-designed majors, accelerated program, honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, pass/fail grading option, internships, weekend college, distance learning, external degree program, evening courses, adult education programs
Preprofessional programs offered: pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications: early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, bilingual/bicultural
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Schools with which domestic exchange programs are offered:Domestic exchange with many colleges and universities.
Study abroad opportunities: Study abroad in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Ghana Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
Other special or unique academic programs: Wine business program
Army ROTC:not offered
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:not offered

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • American Multicultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano/Latino Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Interdisciplinary Major
  • Jazz Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Sculpture
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women's/Gender Studies