Dec 03, 2020  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 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.

Academic Success Center

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 210, (209) 667-3700

The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides a wide variety of academic support services that facilitate student success.  ASC offers advising for general education and university-wide requirements, undeclared and pre-nursing advising, student petitions and graduation advising. Academic advisors assist students with academic planning, resource and referral and help transform students into engaged citizen scholars. ASC also houses a variety of student success programs, including Career Services EOP, Promise Scholars, Parents Program and Supplemental Instruction. Walk-in advising M-Th 9:00-4:00.

Career and Professional Development Office

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 230 (209) 667-3661

Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) seeks to guide students as they explore, develop, and implement their career plans. Services include resume and cover letter critiques, annual employment connection events (Career & Internship Fairs), career resource library, job and internship listing (HIREStanState) and workshops. Drop-in Career Coaching is Tuesday and Wednesday 1:30pm - 3:30pm, appointments are available by calling or emailing the center.

Supplemental Instruction

(209) 667-3700

Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills and strategies while working together. The sessions are facilitated by SI Leaders, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

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

The Institute for Archaeological Research strives to support and foster archaeological research and community engagement within California’s Central Valley and beyond. The IAR’s goals and objectives include the following: 1) To supply an interdisciplinary framework for the conduct of archaeological research and community engagement both within the region and abroad; 2) To provide undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to conduct archaeological research as part of curricular and co-curricular activities both within the region and abroad; and 3) To promote the active engagement of local communities with archaeological research, its results, its direction, and the preservation of cultural patrimony, both within the region and abroad. For more information, email Ellen Bell (

Institute for Cultural Resources
     Richard H. Wallace

The purpose of the Institute for Cultural Resources (I.C.R) is to provide an interdisciplinary organizational framework for encouraging the study of the heritage of diverse cultural groups. The I.C.R. will organize collections of material culture representative of these groups and will aid in their utilization for teaching and research purposes. For more information, email Richard Wallace (

Center for Economic Education
     Elaine Peterson

An understanding of economic principles is vital to people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, taxpayers and voters. The Center for Economic Education at California State University, Stanislaus is one of a network of centers throughout the country that are set up to improve economic education. For more information, visit

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

The Center for Portuguese Studies exists to promote the study of the Portuguese-speaking world: language, history, culture, and influence. The Center works to enrich the connections between the local Portuguese community and its cultural and linguistic heritage and to forge new connections between countries of the Portuguese-speaking world and California’s Central Valley. The Center sponsors scholarship, exchanges, language programs, and cultural activities. For more information, visit

Center for Public Policy Studies
     John Garcia

The Center for Public Policy Studies at Stanislaus State is a non-profit, non-partisan entity dedicated to research and public education about important policy issues and to providing a forum for discussing public policy issues with community representatives, academics, and policy makers in the Stanislaus State service area. The center is committed to facilitating regional and community problem-solving through activities and research projects that bring together diverse constituencies and perspectives to clarify issues, consider options, and build consensus. For more information, visit

College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work

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

The Center for Portuguese Studies exists to promote the study of the Portuguese-speaking world: language, history, culture, and influence. The Center works to enrich the connections between the local Portuguese community and its cultural and linguistic heritage and to forge new connections between countries of the Portuguese-speaking world and California’s Central Valley. The Center sponsors scholarship, exchanges, language programs, and cultural activities. For more information, visit

College of Science

Child Development Center
     Amy Chi

The Child Development Center is an instructional facility established to teach university students about child development €”theory and applications, program design and evaluation, and research. Students from varied disciplines such as child development, communication studies, education, music, and psychology participate at the CDC each semester. By participating in laboratory courses, students learn to observe children and record their behaviors, assess children’s development, plan and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities, and design and implement research projects. For more information, visit

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

Library Building Room 165, (209) 667-3159

The mission of Disability Resource Service is to facilitate inclusion by reducing or eliminating barriers, whether they are attitudinal, structural, programmatic or otherwise. Students are asked to notify Disability Resource Services as soon as possible to discuss disability-related concerns and needs. Services provided include, but are not limited to: provision of class materials in alternative formats, assistive technology information, notetakers, ASL interpreters, real-time captioning, campus housing accommodations, campus accessibility and disability parking information, testing accommodations, and faculty liaison services.

Diversity Center

Library Building Room 201, (209) 667-3509

The Diversity Center strives to develop our students intellectually, personally and spiritually, with regard to social justice and inclusion.  We have firmly established a place on campus for students to find support, have courageous conversations about the things that matter to them in a supportive environment, and discuss what is happening on an individual, community, and national level.   Social justice work is about both the intellect and the heart - perspective taking and intersectionality are foundational themes that run through the Diversity Center.  We work to empower underserved communities while challenging systems, hegemonic thinking and policies, and traditions that maintain inequities in our society.  The Diversity Center empowers our community by educating students, campus stakeholders, and community partners with the goal of creating a socially just living and learning environment on campus that is  inclusive, affirming, and just.  This kind of work is foundational to the practice of Student Affairs, helping students to succeed in becoming global citizens. 

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 210, (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

Bizzini Hall Classroom Building, Room C-107d,  (209) 667-3021
Dr. Christy Gonzales, Director/Coordinator, (209) 667-3021

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 professional development and networking.


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

Mary Stuart Rogers Building, Room 180, (209) 667-3117
Dr. Jennifer Helzer, Associate Dean/Sr. International Officer

The Office of International Education at California State University, Stanislaus includes Study Abroad, International Academic Programs, the American Language & Culture 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. OIE also advises the international student club on campus.

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, visit our website at:, contact (209) 667-3117 or stop in at the Mary Stuart Rogers Building, Room 180.


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. For more information, visit

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.

New Student Orientation

Housing and Residential Life - Suites 118 & 119, (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 support 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.

Promise Scholars

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 210, (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

 Library Building Room 185, (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 245, (209) 667-3220,

The Student Support Services program assists low-income, first- generation students including students with disabilities in successfull completion of a college degree by providing opportunities for academic development and increased understanding of college requirements. The program provides services and resources to help students adjust to the university environment, improve skills critical to academic success, develop educational plans of study, apply to graduate school programs, and make timely progress to graduation.

Summer Bridge Program

Mary Stuart Rogers Building 210, (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.

University Honors Program Mission

The University Honors Program promotes intellectual curiosity and personal engagement with learning. We accomplish this by cultivating a community of scholarly research among cohorts of high-achieving students. Our program introduces intellectual frameworks for exploring and connecting ideas and methods across disciplines.

We emphasize growth in critical awareness and encourage resourceful learning through discussion-based inquiry, mentored research, and appreciation for different methods of discovery. Students complete a capstone research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. In the process, they learn to gather and analyze information, understand implications of what they discover, and define and address complex problems using methods and knowledge from a variety of disciplines. Co-curricular experiences and field trips enhance the community-building focus of the program and expand the scope of learning beyond the classroom.

Above all, the Honors Program encourages students to raise thoughtful questions and to share knowledge, judgment and perspective derived from careful inquiry, exploration and analysis. Our graduating seniors publish articles developing the focus of their capstone projects in our annual Journal of Exploratory Research and present their findings and celebrate their accomplishments at our annual Capstone Research Conference in May. Journals and conference programs are archived on our website, together with more detailed descriptions of our curricular objectives.

University Honors Program Goals

  1. Offer suitable challenges and opportunities to highly motivated and committed students.
  2. Provide Honors students with engaging intellectual environments to facilitate the development of strong academic skills.
  3. Establish a context in which students explore connections between theory and practice, learn to connect ideas and methods across disciplines, seek active engagement with local communities, and practice versatile interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving.
  4. Cultivate in Honors students a lasting love and enthusiasm for learning, the confidence and ability to think for themselves, and a lifelong commitment to promoting the well-being of human communities.
  5. Provide opportunities for faculty to serve as personal research mentors to highly motivated, broadly trained students.

University Honors Program Learning Outcomes

Honors students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate strong academic skills in reading, speaking, thinking, and writing.
  2. Identify the value of service-based experiential learning activities as a complement to intellectual endeavors.
  3. Practice independent research and constructive teamwork, including academic peer mentoring.
  4. Apply congruent research methods and analytical frameworks to problems of consequence in the service of authentic community interests.

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.