Certificates and Special Programs
Post-Baccalaureate University Certificate Programs
University Certificate Programs are academic credit certificate programs designed to provide an integrated and focused program of study in selected academic fields. Designed to allow those in different majors to add an area of professional expertise to their credentials, University Certificates are added and updated to offer highly valued fields of study in the contemporary marketplace. They also allow those with advanced degrees to add fields of study to their academic record thus allowing them to enrich or shift their career options or advance in their current professions.
Those who complete University Certificate programs successfully have the award of the University Certificate noted on their transcripts and they are issued a formal University Certificate approved by the Office of Graduate Studies and signed by the president. The Post-Baccalaureate University Certificates currently offered are listed below.
For detailed information on all of the following the post-baccalaureate certificate programs, please visit www.csun.edu/graduatestudies/.
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
This certificate program has its academic home in the College of Business and Economics. For questions contact Deborah Cours, the academic director, by phone at 818 677-2467 or by email at email@example.com. Apply at http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/fb/fb-app.html
Career Development or Career Education and Counseling
This Post-Master’s certificate program has its academic home in The Michael D. Eisner College of Education. For questions contact Dr. Greg Jackson, by phone at 818 677-4977 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/
College Counseling and Student Services
This Post-Masters certificate program has its academic home in The Michael D. Eisner College of Education. For questions contact Dr. Merril Simon by phone at 818 677- 2558 or by email at email@example.com. Apply at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/
Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs/Birth to 5 Years
This certificate–also referred to as the Advanced Certificate in Transdisciplinary Intervention– has its academic home in The Michael D. Eisner College of Education. For questions contact the Special Education Department at 818 677- 2596. Apply at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/
This Post-Master’s certificate program has its academic home in The Michael D. Eisner College of Education. For questions contact the Educational Therapy Advisor, Marcy Dann, by phone at 818 677- 4161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/
Geographical Information Science and Technology
This certificate program has its academic home in the Tseng College. For questions, contact Scott Dunlap, by phone at 818 677-7763 or by email at email@example.com. Apply at http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/gist/apply.html
This certificate program has its academic home in the College of Health and Human Development. For questions contact Debra Sheets, PhD, MSN, RN, the academic director, by phone at 818 677-2344 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/
Infant-Toddler-Family Mental Health
This certificate program has its academic home in The Michael D. Eisner College of Education. For questions contact Dr. Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, by phone at 818 677-2529 or by email at email@example.com. Apply at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/
Mediation and Conflict Resolution
This certificate program has its academic home in the Tseng College. For questions, contact Patricia Lyon, by phone at 818 677-4607 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply at http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/mediation/apply.html.
Non-Profit Sector Management
This certificate program has its academic home in the Tseng College. For questions, contact Patricia Lyon, by phone at 818 677-4607 or by email at email@example.com. Apply at http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/np/np-apply.html.
This Post-Master’s certificate program has its academic home in The Michael D. Eisner College of Education. For questions contact Dr. Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, by phone at 818 677-2529 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/
This certificate program has its academic home in the Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management in the College of Engineering and Computer Science Please visit /www.csun.edu/~msem/ or contact the academic director by phone at 818 677-2167 or by email at email@example.com. Apply at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/
This certificate program has its academic home in the Tseng College. For questions, contact Alice Lu, by phone at (818) 677-5635 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply at http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/urbs/urbs-applyus.html.
Center for Innovative and Engaged Learning Opportunities (CIELO)
- Coordinator: Cheryl Spector
- Sierra Hall (SH) 422, 433-443
- (818) 677-6535
- Visit the CIELO Website
The mission of the Center for Innovative & Engaged Learning Opportunities (CIELO) is to enhance teaching in support of meaningful, deep and sustained learning experiences while supporting the scholarship of teaching, learning and engagement. CIELO brings together three CSUN programs: Faculty Development, Community Engagement, and Academic First Year Experiences, described individually below. Founded on the belief that enhanced and improved teaching has a direct and positive impact on student learning and satisfaction, CIELO helps create learning environments that take full advantage of the University’s distinguished faculty, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the surrounding community.
- Director: Kiren Dosanjh Zucker
- Sierra Hall (SH) 437
- (818) 677-6536
- Visit the Faculty Development Website
Faculty Development is dedicated to supporting faculty in their multiple roles as teachers, scholars, and artists and as members of the University’s academic community. Its goals are to promote effective teaching and learning practices, foster professional growth, strengthen collegial ties, and support the scholarship of teaching and learning.
The office is responsible for coordinating New Faculty Orientation programs; designing workshops, seminars, discussions, and learning communities for CSUN faculty to meet Faculty Development’s goals; coordinating the selection of recipients of funding for Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects (Beck Grants) and Probationary Faculty Grants; and providing resources on best practices in teaching and learning.
- Managing Director: Merri Whitelock
- Sierra Hall (SH) 443
- (818) 677-7395
- Visit the Community Engagement Website
Community Engagement offers course-based, credit-bearing educational experiences allowing students to participate in an organized community learning activity that meets one or more needs identified by the community, and to reflect on their community learning in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.
Mission: Community Engagement is inspired by a commitment to active learning, and aims to develop student awareness of civic responsibility while addressing social and economic needs defined by the larger community.
Vision: Students who participate in community engagement will be tomorrow’s leaders: committed to social improvement through civic participation, dedicated to ensuring the rights of all persons, and capable of providing solutions to address local, national, and global issues thus working toward a more humane world community.
Community-based organizations and faculty wishing to explore ways to work with students on projects that benefit the community are invited to contact the office. Many community engagement projects are affiliated with the Corporation for National and Community Service and provide opportunities for Work-Study and AmeriCorps students to serve in community programs serving disadvantaged youth, elderly immigrants, or other under-served populations.
Academic First Year Experiences
- Director: Cheryl Spector
- Sierra Hall (SH) 440
- (818) 677-6535
- Visit the AFYE Website
Academic First Year Experiences includes University 100 (The Freshman Seminar); the cohorted classes in the Freshman Connection; the First Year Experience Living Learning Community; the Freshman Common Reading Program (One Campus, One Book); the Freshman Faculty Series; and additional academic programs serving significant numbers of freshman students and the faculty and staff who work with them.
Mission: The mission of the office of Academic First Year Experiences is to develop, support, assess and improve both teaching and learning in freshman courses and in academic programs serving first-year students across the University.
Activities: We sponsor workshops, presentations and other programs for CSUN faculty and other campus community members interested in the activities and ideas of the First Year Experience, including student engagement, linked and cohorted courses, interdisciplinary collaboration, and learning centered pedagogy. We encourage campus-wide dialogue and collaboration among faculty, staff, and administrators who work intensively with first year students.
Advisory Committees: The Freshman Seminar Steering Committee includes faculty members, administrators, and Advising and Student Affairs representatives. The Freshman Connection Planning Committee includes faculty members, a graduate student, administrators, and representatives from University Counseling, Advising, and Student Affairs. The Steering Committee of the First Year Experience Living Learning Community includes Residence Life staff, RA’s, faculty, representatives from the Career Center and Student Affairs, and (from time to time) first year residents of the FYE LLC. The Freshman Common Reading Program Selection Committee includes the First Year Experience Librarian, the director of Academic First Year Experiences, and a group of dedicated volunteer faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
- Director: Justine Su
- Sequoia Hall (SH) 293
- (818) 677-3939 or 2138
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Visit the China Institute Website
The China Institute facilitates and coordinates CSU Northridge activities related to Chinese institutions. Ongoing activities include exchange of professors, students, scholars, performing artists, books, films and facilities; conducting study and culture tours, coordinating conferences, seminars, lecture series, symposia and internship/trainee programs; and facilitating cooperative research projects and technology transfers. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing research or study in China on an individual basis may contact the Institute. Faculty grants are also available for those interested in conducting comparative studies in China.
- Director: William Presch Ph.D.
- Department Biological Sciences
- California State University, Fullerton
- Fullerton, California 92834
- (657) 278 2215
- Visit the Desert Studies Website
The Soda Springs Desert Studies Center, in the Mojave National Preserve at Zzyzx, California, is a moderately equipped field station of the California State University system. The Center provides opportunities for individuals and groups to conduct research, receive instruction, and experience the desert environment. The Center manages 1,280 acres under a long-term management agreement with the Department of Interior.
The Center offers a variety of short-term courses on desert-related topics and field-oriented courses in anthropology, archaeology, art, astronomy, biology, geography, geology, history and physics.
General Education Honors Program
- University Hall (UN) 215
- Telephone:(818) 677-2969
- Fax:(818) 677-3977
- Visit the GE Honors Website
The General Education Honors Program offers high achieving CSU Northridge students a diverse, enriched academic experience in General Education that promotes the fullest development of students’ academic potential. General Education Honors students enroll in special sections of GE courses taught by outstanding Northridge faculty. GE Honors Courses satisfy required areas of the University’s General Education Program.
About the GE Honors Program
Each GE Honors course receives a special designation on the academic transcript. In addition, students who meet the following requirements will receive an Honors Certificate at the time of graduation and will be invited to participate in the Honors Convocation
- Complete 15 units of GE Honors courses.
- Receive a grade of B or better (3.0 GPA) in GE Honors courses.
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in all work completed at the University.
GE Honors Students have opportunities to work with faculty mentors, to participate in the annual CSU Honors Conference, and to attend the GE Honors Faculty Lecture Series, special workshops on graduate school and career planning, and cultural events both on and off campus. GE Honors students also receive special library privileges. GE Honors Students may join the Honors Living Learning Community, a special floor in the dorms for GE Honors students.
Admission to the General Education Honors Program
First-Time Freshmen are invited to participate in the GE Honors Program on the basis of a high school GPA of 3.5.
Continuing students at California State University, Northridge are invited to participate on the basis of an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher in work completed at the University, or by the recommendation of University faculty and /or EOP Satellite Directors.
Students transferring from other colleges or universities are invited to participate on the basis of an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher in college work. Students who have transferred with course credits in honors from Community Colleges or other four-year institutions should consult with the Director concerning the application of those credits towards satisfying the requirements for the GE Honors Certificate. In such cases, normally at least nine units of GE Honors credit earned at CSUN will be required.
The California State University International Programs
Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 15,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option. International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host University or special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 70 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 19 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.
- Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland. University of Western Sydney, Victoria University
- The universities of the Province of Quebec including:
- Bishop’s University, Concordia University, McGill University Université Laval, Université de Montréal, Université du Quebec system
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)
- China Peking University (Beijing)
- Denmark’s International Study Program (international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen)
- Institut des Etudes Françaises pour Étudiants Étrangers, L’Académie d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence) Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII, Institut Catholique de Paris, Université de Marne-La-Vallée, Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, and Université Evry.
- University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg
- University of Ghana, Legon
- Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Haifa
- CSU Study Center (Florence), Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, La Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
- Waseda University (Tokyo) Korea Yonsei University (Seoul)
- Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro
- New Zealand
- Lincoln University (Christchurch), Massey University (Palmerston North)
- South Africa
- University of Kwazulu Natal, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada
- Uppsala University
- National Taiwan University (Taipei), National Tsing Hua University
- United Kingdom
- Bradford University, Bristol University, Hull University, Kingston University, Sheffield University, University of Wales Swansea
International Programs pays all tuition and administrative costs for participating California resident students to a similar extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all state University fee and program fees, personal costs, such as transportation, room and board, and living expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students.
To qualify for admission to the International Programs, students must have upper division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure. Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the intensive language acquisition programs in Canada, France, Germany, Korea, and Mexico. California Community Colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges. Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply. Some programs also have language study and/or other coursework prerequisites.
Additional information and application materials may be obtained on campus, or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. Visit us on the World Wide Web.
International Student Programs
- Director Tom Piernik
- University Student Union, Building C
- (818) 677-3053
- Visit the International Student Programs Website
The Student Development and International Programs Office provides services to all international students after they have been formally admitted to the University. The Office will assist international students in
- referring them to the appropriate departments for academic advising in general education and their major field of study;
- complying with the laws and regulations of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; and
- working with students’ academic or personal concerns.
The Office also coordinates cultural and social events so that international students can share their national heritage with the campus educational community.
A special orientation program is provided at the beginning of each semester to assist international students in adjusting to the campus environment and to American customs. SDIP also provides study abroad and exchange opportunities to CSUN students.
To qualify for admission to the International Study Abroad Programs, students must have Upper-Division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure. Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the language acquisition programs in France, Germany, and Mexico. California Community Colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges after they have applied to CSUN and have been or are in the process of being admitted to CSUN. Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply. Some programs also have language study and/or other coursework prerequisites.
To qualify for admission to the National Student Exchange program, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Through National Student Exchange, CSUN student have access to over 190 campuses nation-wide. Students can participate in this program for one semester or a maximum of one academic year.
Additional information and application materials for study abroad and exchange programs may be obtained at SDIP.
Learning Resource Center
- Bayramian Hall (BH) 408
- Acting Director: Rashawn Green
- (818) 677-2033 Fax: (818) 677-3632
- Visit the Learning Resource Center Website
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) serves students needing assistance in courses or desiring to improve skills such as reading, writing, note taking, test taking and study strategies—skills necessary for effective University level learning. The LRC also provides services that support, supplement, and enrich the University’s regular academic curriculum.
Writing Center: Writing Center Consultants help students with academic, professional and personal writing such as: reports, research papers, business letters, resumes, etc., as well as help students develop effective strategies for time management, reading, note taking, and test taking. Additionally, Consultants assist students preparing to take the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination. An appointment is necessary; walk-ins accepted when appointments are not booked.
Writing Lab: Peer tutors work with students enrolled in 097, 098, or 155 in AAS, CHS, English, and PAS writing classes, as well as help students enrolled in University 100, The Freshman Seminar. In addition to assisting students with their writing process, tutors can help students develop effective study strategies. Some computers are available for student use. The Lab operates on an appointment and walk-in basis.
Supplemental Instruction: Supplemental Instruction (University 060) is an academic assistance program designed to help students master difficult course material in historically challenging classes. Students participate in a series of weekly peer-facilitated small group study sessions that focus on learning strategies and problem solving skills specific to the corresponding lecture course. Students enroll in University 060 for one-unit, non-baccalaureate credit.
Subject Area Tutoring Lab: The SAT program offers individual and small group tutoring for subjects such as: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, and Physics, as well as numerous Math courses including algebra, calculus, and statistics. The SAT lab operates Monday through Friday and no appointment is necessary.
Self-Instructional Media Lab: A variety of self-instructional/ supplemental materials across the disciplines is available.
Program for Adult College Education (PACE): Business PACE
The Program for Adult College Education (PACE) at CSUN is an Upper Division accelerated course of study geared to meet the needs of the busy working student who wants to graduate within two years with a baccalaureate degree. PACE is available to business students majoring in Finance or Marketing. Students in this cohorted program complete their business requirements, four classes each semester, taking two at a time during eight-week periods. Classes meet for two hours each on one evening per week and for four hours each on four Saturdays during the eight-week period. Each class includes distance learning to replace seat hours. Please contact the Business PACE office for more information or Visit the PACE Website. PACE for Business Majors call (818) 677-2467
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program at CSUN, UCLA Army
- Director: First Lieutenant Sidney Mendoza
- (818) 677-7855, Fax (818) 677-0119
- Visit the CSUN Army ROTC Website
Students attending CSUN or surrounding community colleges can participate in the UCLA Army ROTC program at CSUN. For more information, call, email or visit us at the ROTC office on campus, located at Building AD 710B, in the northwest corner of the University Hall parking lot.
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program, Air Force
- Director: Kevin H. Grill, Lt Col, USAF
- (310) 825-1742
- Visit the UCLA AFROTC Website
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) consists of a one credit hour academic course for first and second year students, and a three credit hour course for third and fourth year students. All students also participate in a weekly two-hour leadership laboratory. Undergraduate and graduate students attending CSUN can participate in AFROTC at UCLA. For more information, please contact AFROTC Det 055 (UCLA) at (310) 825-1723.
Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI)
- Director: Dr. Larry G. Allen
- (310) 519-3172
- CSUN Science and Mathematics
- College Dean: Jerry Stinner
- (818) 677-2005
- Visit the SCMI Website
Cal State Northridge is a member of the Ocean Studies Institute (OSI) which is composed of the eight CSU’s in southern California. OSI is a major partner in the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), a consortium combining the marine resources of OSI and several other universities in southern California. SCMI operates a small marine laboratory in Los Angeles harbor and one coastal research vessel, the R/V Yellowfin. SCMI also has a substantial amount of gear, equipment, and a fleet of smaller boats to support teaching and research. OSI puts on a Marine Biology Semester for CSU students every Fall at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. OSI also runs an AAUS Scientific Research Diving Program for CSU faculty, staff and students, and OSI/SCMI coordinates various educational and research activities for marine scientists and engineers. Science programs utilize these facilities and individual students gain access to the Institute operations through courses and independent study.
The Special Major is designed to meet the academic needs of students whose educational goals require study in at least three academic disciplines, and cannot be achieved within the framework of existing majors and minors and within 120 units. The Special Major consists of a minimum of 44 units and a maximum of 66 semester units, 24 of which must be at the upper division level. Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and apply for the Special Major before they have earned 80 units. For details on application procedures, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies.