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2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Academic Affairs

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Academic Programs


The University offers over 189 majors, minors, concentrations and teaching credentials, 23 master’s degree programs and six graduate certificate programs as well as an Executive MBA and a doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership. Students are encouraged to take courses to give them a broad understanding of the liberal arts and sciences in their first two years so they can make an informed choice of specialization. Undergraduate and graduate programs can be found here .

CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center

California State University, Stanislaus-Stockton Center is a proponent of higher education’s role in improving the economic, social, and cultural life of San Joaquin County.

Located within University Park at 612 East Magnolia Street in Stockton, California, the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center is an off-campus site of California State University, Stanislaus. The Stockton Center offers upper-division and graduate courses at flexible hours that earn full academic credit and lead to selected baccalaureate and master’s degrees and credentials. It has computer lab facilities, a library access center, a student lounge, and several beautifully landscaped courtyards for informal student and faculty gatherings. The Stockton Center provides selected student services including admissions information, financial aid, cashiering, and WPST testing. Office hours are from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. For more information, please call (209) 664-4400 or visit the Web site at

Working with other institutions, the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center offers collaborative initiatives and programs to benefit the community. It provides an opportunity to create a unique environment for learning and to form strategic partnerships with various businesses, organizations, and institutions in the Stockton area and beyond.

Academic courses currently offered at the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center that lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree include:

  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice  (Cohort-based degree completion program through University Extended Education)
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Social Science (Cohort-based degree completion program through University Extended Education)
  • Liberal Studies concentrations in Communication Studies and History (Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course offerings in Stockton. Courses are offered on a rotating basis) 

Academic courses currently offered at the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center that lead to a Bachelor of Science degree include:

  • Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Cohort-based degree completion program through University Extended Education) 
  • Business Administration (concentrations in Accounting and General Business) (coursework on the Turlock campus is required)

Academic courses currently offered at the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center that lead to a Master’s degree include:

  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) (Cohort program through University Extended Education) 

Doctoral program offered at CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center: 

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Business Administration

The College of Business Administration also offers undergraduate and graduate courses toward the B.S. in Computer Information Systems and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees at the Stockton Center.  In addition, an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) is offered through University Extended Education in Stockton.


Degree programs offered at the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and are an integral part of the program of CSU Stanislaus. In addition, the following programs, offered at the Stockton Center, are accredited by their specialty organizations:

  • College of Business Administration - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Nursing - California Board of Registered Nursing
  • Public Administration - the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course offerings in Stockton. Coursework on the Turlock campus may be required.


The highly accessible faculty is renowned for teaching, research, and service. Over 80 percent of full time faculty are tenured or on tenure track. Approximately 85 percent of full time faculty hold a doctorate or other terminal degree. As of fall 2013, there were a total of 492 instructional faculty, 277 full time and 215 part time.

Outstanding Professor: Dr. Nancy Burroughs

Nancy Burroughs, Professor of Communication Studies, has been selected as the Outstanding Professor. Numerous letters and IDEA comments from current and former students celebrate her excellence in teaching and the meaningful impact she makes on our students. She inspires and encourages students with empathy, patience, and support for their success. Similar themes appeared in each letter, including students’ appreciation of Dr. Burroughs’ varied teaching methods; development of their critical thinking skills; her patience and understanding, particularly when students faced personal and professional challenges; academic rigor; and inspiration to utilize their newfound communication skills in their careers. One student expressed his gratitude for Dr. Burroughs’ guidance, which provided the confidence he needed to apply for an internship and pursue new career opportunities.

“Her enthusiasm and professionalism aimed at her students has inspired me, such that most recently, I have applied for a three month internship in Atlanta Georgia … Before taking her course I had no intentions of pursuing the opportunity although I have been a sales associate for the company for nine years… . What I have learned from Dr. Burroughs about Organization Communication has enlightened my senses about the organization I work for and has given me the confidence and courage to take a chance… . I simply wanted to return to college to finish what I started many years ago. I wanted to be an inspiration to my nieces and nephews and already grown children. I wanted my mom and dad, brothers and sisters to see what can be possible. What is really happening? Dr. Burroughs has helped me to envision what is possible.”

Dr. Burroughs’ colleagues similarly applaud her accomplishments, noting her scholarly efforts to remain current in her field and maintain the department’s “connection to the larger world of Communication Studies.” She is well respected by her colleagues, who praise her leadership as department chair and commend her commitment to serving the campus and the local community. One colleague wrote the following:

“Nancy has been a wonderful ambassador to the community. Her work in service learning over the years has inspired the other faculty in Communication Studies to incorporate more community service into our classes, to a positive effect. Students seem to enjoy the community work and walk away with applied learning that’s memorable.”


Outstanding Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Professor: Dr. Jesse Wolfe

Jesse Wolfe, Associate Professor of English, has been selected as the Outstanding Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Professor. Dr. Wolfe has established himself as a distinguished scholar, particularly regarding his contributions to the field of Bloomsbury studies. Among his many accomplishments are his book (Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy, published in 2011) and the sequel underway and supported by a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Wolfe has published and presented numerous significant scholarly articles and papers, and his professional colleagues submitted impressive letters of support, indicating their profound respect for his work. One colleague elaborated on Dr. Wolfe’s scholarly achievements as follows:

“During his career at California State University, Stanislaus, Professor Wolfe has made impactful interventions into discussions about intimacy, literary form, historical studies of gender and sexuality, and aesthetic theory in modernist literature. If this award is to recognize, to quote from the guidelines, ‘those activities of an intellectual or professional nature which extend knowledge, understanding or appreciation of work within one’s discipline or across disciplines,’ one could find no better candidate that (sic) Professor Wolfe, whose impressive scholarly output has made him a luminary in the interdisciplinary field of modernist studies and the recently emerging field of New Modernisms.”


Outstanding Community Service Professor: Dr. Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, has been selected as the Outstanding Community Service Professor. Dr. Andrews’ enthusiasm and dedication to our students and local community is commendable. She has a diverse list of accomplishments, ranging from devising service learning projects for our students to actively working with local organizations to promote childhood literacy. Her colleagues applaud her efforts to build meaningful community partnerships with the Salvation Army and the Hope House, a recovery center for women struggling with substance abuse. Dr. Andrews incorporates her compassion and innovative work into the classroom, which allows her students to develop critical thinking skills and forge a sense of responsibility for our local community. Her colleagues and community partners provided heartfelt letters of support that expounded on the impacts of her contributions; one letter, written by the principal of a local high school, reflected on his students’ experience.

“The program established by Dr. Andrews was the single most effective structure for providing immediate and continuous intervention for struggling students at-risk (sic) of dropping out that I have been involved with or seen at any school site. The combination of early identification, matching of mentors, and continuous monitoring was responsive and effective… . I know there are students graduating today who would not have if it were not for a chance meeting, a clear vision, and the plan Dr. Andrews laid out to me during our first conversation. I can think of no greater service to a school and community than changing the educational trajectory of youth who were once on track toward failure, but whose opportunity is reborn due to the selfless interest of someone willing to give so much of themselves (sic).”


Outstanding Service in Faculty Governance Award: Dr. Betsy Eudey

Betsy Eudey, Professor of Gender Studies, has been selected as the Outstanding Service in Faculty Governance Professor. Dr. Eudey has a distinguished record of active participation in faculty governance, and the numerous nomination letters from her colleagues convey their respect for her tireless advocacy and professional integrity. Her extensive participation in faculty governance dates back to her appointment on campus in 2003, ranging from college committees to national associations. Her remarkable history of faculty governance membership includes, but is not limited to, service on the CSU State-Wide Academic Senate; Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; chair of a WASC Self-Study Inquiry Circle; chair and member of the Faculty Development Committee; and secretary and Executive Committee and Governing Council member of the National Women’s Studies Association.

Dr. Eudey’s list of service is significant and commendable, but the quality of her service is even more noteworthy. All of her colleagues’ nomination letters carried the same theme: praise for her integrity, effectiveness, enthusiasm, professionalism, and ability to communicate and consider opposing perspectives. One colleague wrote the following:

“More important than the breadth of her service, though, is the quality of her service. Dr. Eudey is respectful of all positions and perspectives, no matter the issue. All too often, most of us will become so involved in an issue that we take an emotional stake in our chosen viewpoint, and border on impudence when confronting the opinions of others. In contrast, anyone who has served alongside Betsy knows that she is open to new ideas, and committed to outcomes that arise from reciprocity and mutual understanding. She makes the committee experience more satisfying for her fellow participants.”


Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Faculty Development Award: Dr. Choong-Min Kang

Choong-Min Kang, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, has been selected as a dual recipient of the Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Faculty Development Award. By all accounts, Dr. Kang is an exemplary teacher-scholar. His scholarship is outstanding, and his colleagues applaud his continued advancements in his field as well as his inclusion of students in his research activities. Several colleagues wrote with admiration about his ability to manage a full teaching load while managing a lab with graduate and undergraduate research students, a visiting scientist, and a post-doctoral fellow. On colleague wrote the following about Dr. Kang’s research and teaching:

“He is focused, but is (sic) always seems to have his door open for students to come discuss research and other questions. They are learning, through research, and he is remaining on the cutting-edge of his field. All of this while maintaining effective teaching in the Department.”

As evidenced by his IDEA evaluations and student comments, Dr. Kang’s students appreciate his depth of knowledge and academic rigor. One colleague wrote that Dr. Kang emphasizes critical thinking in his courses, not just memorization of facts, and students benefit from his enthusiasm and effective instruction. In addition to their acquisition of scientific information, students leave Dr. Kang’s classroom with an enhanced philosophy of life. One student wrote at length about her experience in his class and his impact on her personal philosophy:

“Dr. Kang holds the philosophy that mistakes are some of life’s greatest learning moments. He has exhibited this both in his own research lab as well as the classroom. For the lab practical, he allowed students to recover points lost on the skill/technique portion of the lab practice. He told the students that if they perform the tasks - such as staining - more accurately and consistently that he would restore a portion of the credit lost. This exemplified his philosophy that failures in life can provide powerful moments for growth.”

In addition to his teaching and research accolades, Dr. Kang leads his students in meaningful work with community partners and for scholarly publication. As one colleague mentioned, Dr. Kang is engaging his students in publishable research, traveling with them to conferences and “exposing them to the world of science.” Our local business and community partners respond enthusiastically to the work his students are doing. Under Dr. Kang’s guidance, CSU Stanislaus students are making significant contributions to our local community.


Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Faculty Development Award: Dr. Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, has been selected as a dual recipient of the Elizabeth Anne B. Papageorge Faculty Development Award. Students appreciate her enthusiastic engagement and considerable encouragement toward their success. Dr. Andrews demonstrates a passion for teaching and connecting classroom experiences to field work and, ultimately, students’ realization of their abilities as future high school teachers. Her excellent teaching is informed by ongoing research, and she incorporates her scholarly activities into lesson simulations and includes students in her research. Her IDEA evaluations illustrate student engagement and intellectual achievements, and student comments reflect many important themes, such as: enthusiasm and support of student success, academic rigor, students’ professional growth, inspirational leadership, and many others. Dr. Andrews demonstrates sincere interest in her students’ education, as evidenced by student comments. One student wrote that “Dr. Andrews took the time to listen to my concerns and was honest with her advice (which was very helpful to me),” and another stated that “Dr. A communicates very well with us” and “does care for us all and really wants us to do our best.” Her colleagues regard her work as meaningful and inspiring, and one colleague wrote the following:

“Her teaching is characterized by engagement, energy, and innovation. She has a strong command of content and has a remarkable ability to communicate with students… . . This is a professor that will go the extra mile for her students. If a student needs help during field work, Donna has been known to not only spend an hour or two extra, she has spent entire days co-teaching and demonstrating the many nuances of high school instruction and classroom management.”

In addition to Dr. Andrews’ teaching and research accolades, her colleagues applaud her commitment to our greater community. She works at organizations like the ABC Project (Abundant Books for Children) to build meaningful relationships with the community while providing support for childhood literacy and education. Dr. Andrews encourages students to participate in service learning projects and experiential learning, and her students leave her class feeling a stronger connection to each other and the community. One student wrote the following praise:

“Dr. Andrews has instilled in us a sense of community that would not have otherwise come about in our cohort class. By virtue of her positive, caring, and engaging personality, we felt that our wellbeing (sic) actually mattered… . . we have grown from a class of twenty-one students from disparate content areas into a true professional learning community of colleagues that remains in frequent contact to this day.”

Vasché Library

The mission of the University’s Vasché Library is to provide access to information resources and services that facilitate teaching, learning, and research, and to provide an environment that encourages and enables those in our diverse community to expand their intellectual, cultural, and artistic horizons.  The collections of the University Library include more than 370,000 volumes, 841 print journal subscriptions, access to 141 electronic databases, and a growing number of electronic journals, video recordings, and compact discs. There are also more than 7,000 e-books from which to choose. Approximately 5,000 books are acquired each year. Since 1965, the library has been a partial depository of federal, state, and local documents. Other special collections include the University archive, with documents on local and University history, and the juvenile collection, which has more than 6,000 volumes of award-winning and notable titles in children’s literature.

University Extended Education

University Extended Education (UEE) serves the Central Valley community through non-traditional University degrees, certificate programs, specialized training and services all designed to meet our communities’ educational, workforce, and professional development needs. UEE provides inviting, engaging, and transformative lifelong learning experiences that promote educational success and strengthen the personal and professional growth of its students. For additional information on UEE’s mission or program offerings, call (209) 667-3111 or stop by the office at Mary Stuart Rogers Building, Room 240. You may also visit the website at

Master’s Degrees: Special Session Master’s Degree Programs currently being offered at CSU Stanislaus in conjunction with selected colleges include the Executive MBA (EMBA) through the College of Business Administration, the Online Master of Business Administration (OMBA) through the College of Business Adminstration, and the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling (MSGC) through the College of Science.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion: Special Session Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs currently being offered at the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center in conjunction with the College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are the Criminal Justice Degree Completion Program and the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Degree Completion Program. In conjunction with the College of Science, Extended Education also offers an Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program in Health Sciences at the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center.

Certificate Programs: An array of online certificate programs for professional development in business, computers, medical, and legal topics. These programs award students continuing education units and certificates upon successful completion.

Open University: This UEE program opens the doors to university classes for students who are not formally admitted and enrolled in the University. The Open University program serves many purposes: an invitation to try out the University, a resource for those who need a class for personal or professional development, or a second chance for low GPA students. Students may only enroll on a space-available basis and with the permission of the instructor in any regularly scheduled course offered by the University. Since enrollment is permitted on a space-available basis, enrollment approval is given on the first day of instruction. If a student wishes to have credit applied toward a degree, a maximum of 24 units is allowable for a baccalaureate degree.

eLearning: UEE provides opportunities for students to participate in courses focused on personal development. Through a partnership with leading e-learning providers, UEE now offers an extensive library of online, non-credit courses. Courses focus on building specific skills and are offered in a variety of topics such as computers, the Internet, writing, and special interest.

Contract Courses: Organizations planning continuing education courses using their own instructors may contract with UEE to offer extension credit for approved off-campus courses.

Teacher Education: For current teachers UEE offers classes that award the extension credits needed for professional development. These online computer-based instruction courses offer instruction in timely topics by leaders in the teaching industry.  

Summer Session: UEE offers a full range of university courses during self-support Summer Session.  Summer Session classes are open to everyone - current and returning students, students of other colleges, high school and community college students, adult learners and members of the community.  Offerings include General Education courses, remedial courses, and high-demand courses in majors.  These courses are offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online. 

Winter Intersession: UEE offers university courses during a three-week intersession in January.  Offerings include General Education courses and electives in majors. These courses include face-to-face, hybrid, and online offerings.