College of Liberal and Creative Arts

students performing in theaterAs the largest of the University's six colleges, the College of Liberal & Creative Arts provides unique opportunities for specialized focus, collaboration, interdisciplinary learning and multidisciplinary pursuits in the liberal arts, humanities, creative arts, performing arts and social sciences. The College has over 275 tenured/tenure track faculty members, approximately 170 full and part-time lecturers, 100 support staff, and a student body of nearly 10,500 majors, minors and graduate students. Its world-renowned departments and programs offer 33 undergraduate and 33 graduate degree programs as well as six certificates. The College also includes several Research and Service Organizations (RSOs), including the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability. Not only are its departments diverse, but the College spans a wide range of student experiences.

The College of Liberal and Creative Arts, or the “College of Ideas,” encourages students and faculty to research and challenge intellectual paradigms, historical practices, cultural norms and policy. Its highly student and teaching-focused approach produces engaged alumni who are prepared to excel in and out of the classroom. With a particular emphasis on social justice and community service, the College offers more than 50 courses that combine academic study and community involvement.

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Dean, College of Liberal and Creative Arts,  Dr. Andrew Harris

andrew harrisAndrew Harris joined SF State in 2016 after four years as the dean of Arts and Humanities at Keene State College in New Hampshire.

Between 1999 and 2012, Harris served in various academic and administrative positions at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, including associate provost, executive assistant to the president and faculty member in the history department. While a faculty member at Bridgewater he served as honors director and as a founding co-coordinator of the University’s undergraduate research program. He has co-authored successful institutional grants in support of faculty development and promoting student success for underserved populations. Harris was also an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Rhode Island.

He is the author of Policing the City: Crime and Legal Authority in London, 1780-1840 and the co-author of Empire, State and Society: Britain Since 1830.

Harris received his bachelor's degree in history from Pomona College. He earned both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University.