Aug 22, 2019  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 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. ARC also houses a variety of student success programs, including supplemental instruction. Walk-in advising M-Th 8:30-4:00.

Career Services

(209) 667-3661

Career Services, a part of the Advising Resource Center, seeks to guide students as they develop implement their career plans. Services include resume and cover letter review, annual Career Fair, resource library, job and internship listings, and workshops. By appointment only.

Centers and Institutes

The Centers and Institutes of Stanislaus State 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 the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute for Archaeological Research
     Ellen Bell

Institute for Cultural Resources
     Richard H. Wallace

Center for Economic Education
     Elaine Peterson

Center for Portuguese Studies
     Elmano Costa
     (in collaboration with the College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work) 

Center for Public Policy Studies
     John Garcia

College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work

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 and Social Sciences)

College of Science

Child Development Center
     Jose Nunez

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, annual leadership conference, and special workshops.

English as a Second Language

Demergasso-Bava Hall 264, (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
The nationally accredited Student Health Center offers a comprehensive range of primary care services and health education programs to all eligible 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, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, clinical laboratory scientists, health educators, and administrative personnel staff the Health Center. 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:

  • Primary medical care services
  • Preventive services
  • Men’s and women’s health (physicals, pap smears, contraception)
  • Treatment of illness and injury
  • Minor office surgery
  • Immunizations and TB screening
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection testing
  • Basic X-Ray services
  • Pharmacy and laboratory
  • Health Education and Wellness Programs
  • 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 and 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

Student Services Building, Room 145, (209) 667-3117
Dr. Jennifer Helzer, Interim Director
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, the federal government, public and private agencies, and the community.

The Office of International Education (OIE) at Stanislaus State 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 Stanislaus State. 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 Stanislaus State 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 Stanislaus State.) For more information, contact (209) 667-3117 or stop in at the Student Services Building, Room 145.


Many academic departments at Stanislaus State 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, Kinesiology and Social Work

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 (NSO) is a program for incoming Stanislaus State students designed to provide you with information about university requirements, general education requirements, major academic advising and student programs and services. Each NSO includes informational sessions with a variety of Stanislaus State staff and faculty to assist you with academic advising and course registration. Your attendance and participation in your New Student Orientation will greatly enhance your educational experience at Stanislaus State. By the end of the day, you will have a general understanding of the campus layout and university resources.

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 and help students reach their goals. We offer families current information and events, resources, and provide venues for family involvement. Parent Orientation is an optional program offered at New Student Orientation for the parents of our incoming freshmen. All parents are encouraged to join the Stanislaus Parent Association to receive valuable information and stay connected to Stanislaus State.


Promise Scholars

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 180, (209) 667-3957
The Promise Scholars Program (PSP) is designed to partner with various on-campus services to provide a holistic approach to meeting the needs of foster and homeless youth admitted to the university. Promise Scholars provides access to housing, financial aid and academic guidance and support for eligible students. Our goal is to help every enrolled Promise Scholar graduate and become well-informed citizens who are empowered to compete in a global society. Stanislaus State is a proud partner of the Northern and Central California University Foster Youth Consortium, which is dedicated to the outreach and recruitment of foster and homeless youth.

Promise Scholars Program is a component of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

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 Stanislaus State. 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

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 Stanislaus State, 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 live theater, concerts, and art exhibitions. Renowned personalities who have given special lectures include journalists Ellen Goodman and Cokie and Steve Roberts; 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; former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley; 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 college bound, 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 and SSS 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 including an English class, activities, 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
Testing Services provides information on state and national tests such as ACT, CBEST, CSET, EPT/ELM, GMAT, GRE, SAT, and TOEFL. Please visit the website for information and then email the Testing Office (email address is on website) for more specific information.

Tutoring Services

Library Building 112, (209) 667-3642
In support of the University mission, the Tutoring Center provides academic support to all Stanislaus State Students. Our goal is to create an open environment of learning for all students. We offer free, one-on-one and group tutoring in most classes. For our most requested courses we offer regular walk-in hours for students to attend at their most convenient time.

In support of the University mission, the Writing Center offers free individual and small group tutoring to students from all disciplines and at all levels of proficiency. Dedicated to encouraging dialogue among writers and helping students become successful writers, the Writing Center provides a supportive, judgment-free atmosphere in which tutors share strategies and experiences at each stage of the writing process. Our tutors are trained to work with students in all different majors completing various types of writing assignments. We also offer same-day tutoring sessions on a first come first served basis throughout each week.

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.