May 24, 2020  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Programs & Services

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California State University, Stanislaus is an exceptional public university that is responsive to the needs of its diverse student population by providing a myriad of support programs and services. A fuller description of services may be obtained from the offices listed in this section.

Advising Resource Center

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 180, (209) 667-3304  

The Advising Resource Center (ARC) provides a wide variety of academic support services that facilitate student success.  ARC offers advising for general education and university-wide requirements, undeclared and pre-nursing advising, student petitions and graduation evaluations. Academic advisors assist students with academic planning, resource and referral and help transform students into engaged citizen scholars. Walk-in advising M-Th 8:30-4:30.

Career Services


Career Services is offered by the Advising Resource Center and it may furnish, upon request, information about the employment of students who graduate from programs or courses of study preparing students for a particular career field. Any such data provided must be in a form that does not allow for the identification of any individual student.

This information includes data concerning the average starting salary and the percentage of previously enrolled students who obtained employment. The information may include data collected from either graduates of the campus or graduates of all campuses in the California State University system.

 Career Services Offer:

  • Optimal Resume
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Fair
  • Career Resource Library
  • Job and Internship Announcements
  • Work shops

Centers and Institutes

The Centers and Institutes of CSU Stanislaus exist to advance the goals of the University and to enhance its programs of instruction, scholarship, and service. They provide a means for interdisciplinary collaboration and a method by which extramural funds and fees can be employed to supplement other resources. A description of the Centers and Institutes may be found in the Faculty Handbook. For more information about the Centers and Institutes, please contact the directors listed below.

College of Education

Center for Direct Instruction
     Granger Dinwiddie and Hsin Chun (Kimy) Liu     

Center for Portuguese Studies
     Elmano Costa
     (in collaboration with the College of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)

College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute for Archaeological Research
     Sari Miller-Antonio

Institute for Cultural Resources
     Thomas E. Durbin

Center for Economic Education
     Elaine Peterson

Center for Public Policy Studies
     John Garcia and Kelvin Jasek-Rysdahl

Center for Portuguese Studies
     Elmano Costa
     (in collaboration with the College of Education) 

College of Science

Child Development Center
     Libby Soria

Community Service and Service Learning

The Office of Service Learning, located in the Faculty Development Center, assists faculty and students with the development of service learning opportunities. A principal goal of service learning is the promotion of student learning through active participation in meaningful service directly related to course content. This means students spend various amounts of time in community organizations working with real people with real needs. The Office of Service Learning can recommend course options with a service component, volunteer sites as well as faculty and student resources available to encourage active learning both in the classroom and the community. Please call (209) 667-3311 for additional information.

Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative Education provides students with paid work experiences directly related to their major field of study and career objectives. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a GPA of at least 2.3 may be placed either in “alternating” assignments where they work full-time for a semester while enrolled for academic credit, or in “parallel” assignments where they work part-time and attend school concurrently. These job placements are coordinated by University faculty. Up to eight hours of academic credit earned through Co-op courses may be applied to graduation requirements.

Co-op students thus have opportunities to gain practical experience which complements their academic study and permits them to explore actual career options before graduation. In these assignments co-op students earn competitive income and often are subsequently hired full-time by their employers. Placement of students in Cooperative Education appointments is the responsibility of the appropriate academic department through which the student registers for Cooperative Education credits.

Disability Resource Services

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 210, (209) 667-3159, (209) 667-3044 TDD
The Disability Resource Services Office works closely with students with disabilities to arrange individualized accommodation plans to meet their unique needs. The Office provides support services that may include assistance with registration, orientation to campus, notetakers, readers, interpreters/captioners, campus shuttle, designated parking, testing accommodations, material in alternate format, technology assistance, counseling, and liaison with faculty, University offices, and off-campus agencies.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 180, (209) 667-3108
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides special admission to low-income students at a disadvantage because of poor academic preparation or inadequate financial resources. EOP applicants apply jointly for admission to the University and to the EOP program. EOP students are eligible for special support services including academic advising, assistance with study skills, and special workshops.

English as a Second Language

Library Building 195, (209) 667-3361

The English as a Second Language program is designed for students, both international and permanent residents, for whom English is not a native language. The three courses in the program provide intensive instruction and tutoring in writing and reading. All courses yield graduation credit. For information, contact the Department of English at (209) 667-3361.

Faculty Mentor Program

University Student Union Building, 103, (209) 667-3778
The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) provides students with personal faculty mentors who engage them in a year-long program of voluntary activities and workshops in a variety of cultural, social, and recreational environments designed to retain and graduate students. A faculty mentor is an available advocate, resource, and facilitator for students. A unique and comprehensive faculty training program provides tools to promote faculty-student out-of-class interactions that have been shown to have a positive effect on learning.

Health Services

Health Center Building (Turlock): (209)667-3396
Acacia Building, Room 1050 (Stockton): (209) 467-5496 (limited services and hours)
The nationally accredited Student Health Center offers a comprehensive range of primary care services and health education programs to all registered students. Fully funded by students through the mandatory health fee, the Student Health Center offers convenient, affordable and personalized care, privacy and confidentiality, and high patient satisfaction.

A variety of health care professionals such as doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, clinical laboratory scientists, health educators, and medical clerical personnel staff both the Health Center and the satellite clinic in Stockton. In caring for the whole student, the staff strives to enhance students’ physical and emotional wellness to contribute to their academic and career success. Specific services include:

  • Preventive services
  • Men’s and women’s health (physicals, Pap smears)
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Primary medical care services
  • Treatment of illness and injury
  • Minor office surgery
  • Immunizations and TB screening
  • Health education and wellness programs
  • On-site laboratory and pharmacy services
  • Supplemental student health insurance
  • Opportunities for student involvement as Peer Health Educators or members of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

Intensive Learning Experience

First-time freshmen who meet eligibility requirements may participate in the Intensive Learning Experience (ILE) program, which is designed to help accelerate the progress of remediated students. ILE students receive personal attention to successfully begin their University careers, including reading/writing instruction in small classes of 12-15 students and tutoring services in both mathematics and English, provided at no cost . For more information, contact the ILE Director at (209) 667-3361.

International Education

The Office of International Education at California State University, Stanislaus includes Study Abroad, International Academic Programs, the English Language Program and International Student Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions coordination, global cooperation and articulation linkages that augment campus internationalization, foreign credit evaluation, and student & scholars services and programs (which include immigration counseling, foreign faculty/staff affairs, and academic and cross-cultural advising.) We serve as a liaison between the university and international students, global partners, federal government, public and private agencies, and the community.

The Office of International Education (OIE) at CSU Stanislaus is committed to supporting, promoting, and celebrating individuals in an intercultural environment.  We advocate for and facilitate international and cross-cultural experiences, perspectives, and initiatives.  OIE promotes and facilitates study abroad programs, and acts as a liaison to the university for foreign students, researchers, and professors.

International Student Services

The Office of International Education assists the University’s F-1 and J-1 visa students and scholars in making the most of their experience at CSU Stanislaus. Services include comprehensive orientation and advising on immigration matters, cultural adjustment, financial issues, housing, transportation and employment.

Study Abroad

The Office of International Education offers opportunities for CSU Stanislaus students to study in many different parts of the world. Students gain an international perspective, increased independence and self-confidence, and a strong professional advantage. Students may earn regular academic credit. (Students will not receive credit for foreign study undertaken without prior approval of CSU Stanislaus.) For more information, contact (209) 667-3117 or stop in at the Student Services Building, Room 144.


Many academic departments at CSU Stanislaus offer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Placements in a variety of private, non-profit, and public agencies are designed to encourage both pre-professional training and the integration of field and classroom experiences. Interested students should contact their academic advisers.  Information about internship and co-op opportunities can also be obtained through the Career Services Center in MSR 180.

National Honor Societies


All Disciplines: Phi Kappa Phi. Recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all academic disciplines in institutions of higher learning. Eligibility includes juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, and alumni. Membership is by invitation only.

College of Business Administration

Accounting and Finance: Beta Alpha Psi. Encourages and honors achievement in the study of accounting and finance. Recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction among students and professionals through professional meetings and service activities. Eligibility includes juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty and alumni. Membership is by invitation only.

Business Administration: Beta Gamma Sigma. Encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students (of business, management, and administration) and encourages and promotes aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Eligibility includes juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

College of Education

Education: Phi Delta Kappa. Promotes quality education, with particular emphasis on publicly supported education, as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life. Eligibility includes undergraduate education majors, graduate students, and professional educators.

College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Communication Studies: Lambda Pi Eta. Recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and professional development in the field of communication studies. Eligibility includes sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Economics: Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international Honor Society. Promotes and acknowledges excellence in the field of economics and unites students and faculty who have a specific interest in economics. Eligibility includes juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have completed at least 12 units of economics coursework and have met specific academic requirements.

History: Phi Alpha Theta. Recognizes and encourages excellence in the study of history. Eligibility includes juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Political Science: Pi Sigma Alpha. Stimulates scholarship and intellectual interest in political science. Eligibility includes juniors and seniors who have completed ten upper division units in political science.

Sociology: Alpha Kappa Delta. Promotes an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. Eligibility includes juniors, seniors, graduate students, and faculty.

College of Science

Nursing: Sigma Theta Tau. Recognizes superior achievement, develops leadership qualities, fosters high professional standards, encourages creative work, and strengthens commitment to the ideals and purposes of individuals in the profession of nursing. Eligibility includes juniors, seniors, graduate students in professional programs in nursing, faculty, and alumni.

Psychology: Psi Chi. Encourages, stimulates, and maintains excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. Eligibility includes sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Orientation Programs

University Student Union Building 103, (209) 664-6757
The new student orientation program provides new students with accurate and timely information, major and general education advising, University tours, and a chance to meet other students, faculty, and professional staff.  New students receive preferred class selection, a University catalog, and other important materials and gain knowledge regarding policies for graduation requirements.

Parents Program

 Mary Stuart Rogers Building 180, (209) 664-6632
The purpose of our Parents Program is to involve parents in the life of the University. We offer families current information and events, resources, and provide venues for family involvement.  The Parents Program is a valuable resource for information that will help your student reach their goals.

Program for Academic and Career Excellence (P.A.C.E.)

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 245, (209) 664-6939
P.A.C.E. is a federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide services to Hispanic and underserved/first-generation college students.  The program provides qualified undergraduates with the academic assistance and support necessary to successfully complete a baccalaureate degree.  Services are available at no cost to help students achieve their academic goals.

P.A.C.E. provides a structured approach to develop meaningful experiences at California State University, Stanislaus.  This program will help you transition to college, demystify the college experience, assist you with navigating the university system, and help you succeed.  P.A.C.E. offers the following services at no cost:

  • Academic advising
  • Direction for problem solving
  • Tutoring referrals
  • Study skills assistance
  • Personal counseling
  • Assistance with major/career selection
  • Career development
  • Guidance on campus resources
  • Enrichment workshops
  • Computer lab

Promise Scholars

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 180, (209) 667-3957
The Promise Scholars Program is a component of the
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).  The Promise Scholars Program partners with various on-campus services to provide a holistic approach to meeting the needs of foster youth in higher education. CSU Stanislaus is a proud partner in the Northern California University Foster Youth Consortium, which is dedicated to recruitment and to providing access to housing, financial aid, and academic guidance and support for eligible foster youth. Our goal is to help every enrolled Promise Scholar graduate and become well-informed citizens who are empowered to compete in a global society.

Psychological Counseling Services

 Mary Stuart Rogers Building 210, (209) 667-3381
The mission of Psychological Counseling Services is to provide ethical, voluntary, and confidential psychological counseling to students. Counselors are trained professionals who provide understanding and objective feedback for students dealing with varied life problems. Counseling helps students develop cognitive and emotional integration, relationship skills, and personal resilience. Counselors also provide immediate intervention for students dealing with crises and urgent concerns.

Counseling is available, free of charge, to currently enrolled students at CSU Stanislaus. Consultation to assess a situation, to share information, or to learn about referral resources is offered by phone or by appointment to staff, faculty, and family of students, as well as to students.

Individual Personal Counseling


Students can arrange individual appointments with a professional counselor. All counseling faculty have extensive training and experience assisting students with a wide range of psychological and interpersonal concerns. Listed below are some of the common issues that students present:

  • negative or depressed mood

  • anxiety

  • dealing with a crisis

  • stress management

  • academic focus and success

  • concerns about eating and body image

  • abuse of alcohol and other drugs

  • grief and loss

  • sexuality

  • personal relationships

  • family relationships

  • multicultural issues

  • dealing with trauma and abuse

Couples Counseling


Counseling Services offers relationship counseling for partners or spouses to work on behaviors, communication or other issues facing them as a couple. Both partners/spouses must currently be enrolled students at CSU Stanislaus to participate in couples counseling.

Psychoeducational Presentations and Groups


Counseling faculty provide educational outreach to address psychological topics in various campus settings as well as in the Psychological Counseling Center. Examples of such programming include: Stress Management, Test Anxiety and Academic Pressure, Intimate Relationships, Eating and Body Image, Self-Esteem and Self-Care, and Dealing with Depression. Counseling Services lists topics to be presented each term in a brochure available at the Counseling Center. Consult the Website for information on presentations, and other services offered.

Safety on Campus

Public Safety/University Police
Campus Services Building, (209) 667-3114
University Police employs trained, full-time peace officers for the 24-hour protection of the campus, its students, faculty and staff. The department offers a wide variety of crime prevention and personal safety awareness programs including sexual assault and date/acquaintance rape awareness, CPR and first aid training, resident and personal property protection, and general personal safety.

The campus’ annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings on property owned or controlled by CSU Stanislaus, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies on alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, crime reporting, sexual assault and other matters.

Special Academic Programs

 Library Building 112, (209) 667-3304 (select Probation/Disqualification)
The purpose of this program is to assist students on remediation or academic probation. A professional advisor monitors and tracks student progress and provides appropriate early intervention strategies to help students succeed. We review transcripts, make course adjustments, provide individual education planning assistance and offer resource and referrals as needed. This personal and intrusive advising program affords students an opportunity to complete their degree in a timely manner.

Special Learning Opportunities

Lecture Series and Cultural Offerings

The University offers a wide variety of public programs, activities, and entertainment including theater, concerts, and art exhibits. Renowned personalities who have given special lectures include journalists Ellen Goodman and Cokie and Steve Roberts, the legendary Bill Cosby, former First Lady Barbara Bush, historian Carlos Cortés, former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and James A. Baker III, and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. Performers Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Vince Gill, Van Cliburn, the cast from Beach Blanket Babylon, and Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band have entertained the campus and its community.

Student Support Services (TRIO Program)

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 230, (209) 667-3220
The Student Support Services program assists low-income, first- generation collegebound, and disabled students with academic support services, including academic advisement, tutoring and workshops on taking tests, study skills, time management, and preparation for the WPST, GRE and CBEST tests. Students must satisfy eligibility requirements for admission to the University in order to be admitted to the program.

Summer Bridge Program

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 180, (209) 667-3108
Summer Bridge offers an intensive three-week residential program of classes, seminars, tutoring, and academic advising to help ease the transition from high school to the University for EOP students. Upon admission to the University, students selected for the Summer Bridge program are notified by the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Office. Successful completion of the program may be a condition of admission for some EOP students.

Testing Services

Library Building 112, (209) 667-3157
Information is available at the Tutoring Center on state and national programs such as ACT, CBEST, CSET, EPT, ELM, GMAT, GRE, SAT and TOEFL. 

Forms are available from all academic departments, the Writing Center on the Turlock and Stockton campuses, and transfer centers at local community colleges. All students must complete the WPST with a passing score prior to the first day of attendance in a WP course. For further information, see Upper-Division Writing Proficiency in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Tutoring Services

Library Building 112, (209) 667-3642
Students having difficulty with an academic subject area may receive free tutoring support. Individual or group tutoring is available for most classes. Students who have received an ‘A’ or ‘B’ in a class are eligible to become paid tutors for that course.

University Honors Program

The Innovative Center, (209) 667-3180

The University Honors Program is for students with solid academic abilities who desire to participate in an academic learning community. Honors faculty work closely with students to develop intellectual skills and the aptitude for interdisciplinary research. Students may apply for admission as entering freshmen or as transfers. Sophomore admission is on a space- available basis only. Honors at entrance does not guarantee admission to the University Honors Program. More information is available at or by calling the Honors Department at (209) 667-3180.

Veterans Services

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 120, (209) 667-3081

Veterans who are planning to use veterans’ educational benefits must file a copy of their DD Form 214 (separation papers) or DD Form 295 (Application For The Evaluation of Learning Experiences During Military Service) at the Veterans Services Office located in MSR 120. Prompt submission of these records are required if Veterans educational benefits are being requested.

Veterans, dependents of veterans, reservists, and active duty military personnel planning to use veterans educational benefits, or any student with questions concerning veterans educational benefits can obtain information at the contact information listed above.