Arts, Communications, & Social Sciences (ACSS) 

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Welcome to the Division of Arts, Communications, & Social Sciences (ACSS). We are an eclectic community of faculty and staff which focuses on helping our students foster a reflective understanding of what it means to be uniquely human in this ever-changing world. 

In this Division, faculty will guide you in developing intellectual curiosity, communication proficiencies, aesthetic and artistic expression, social science inquiry, and critical thinking skills that you will need to balance work and play as you seek to be a responsible and productive citizen in a diverse and complex society.

We urge you to examine our course offerings and talk to a college counselor to take full advantage of the opportunities offered you by this Division.  We love teaching and we look forward to working with you in this life-changing experience.

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Shasta College’s Division of Arts, Communications and Social Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeff Specht onto the faculty. Beginning this Fall semester, Dr. Specht will serve both as the new director of our orchestra and band programs and the principal faculty in charge of the core music theory sequence.

A recent transplant from Portland, Oregon, Dr. Specht holds a doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a dual-emphasis master’s degree in Orchestral and Wind Conducting from The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a bachelor’s in Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Jeff has previously taught at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. From 2011-2017, he served as Artistic Director of the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Portland, where he developed the ensemble into a powerful force in the Portland (PDX) classical music scene.

Dr. Specht has made guest conducting appearances with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Quad State Music Festival, and the Mississippi Valley Orchestra. He also makes regular appearances as guest conductor at the Central Texas Opera Festival.

As a conductor, music educator, and arts advocate, Dr. Specht is dedicated to fostering the love of music, enriching people’s lives through performance, and building musical community.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Specht, his wife Laura, and their corgi Tosca to Shasta College and the greater Redding area.

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 Stacey Bartlett, Dean

Arts, Communications & Social Sciences
Division Office located in Roo​m 604
 (530) 242-7730


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Sarabeth Angel-Towner
Administrative Assistant
Maria Wayman
 Administrative Assistant
(530) 242-7732