Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011


The University offers undergraduate programs in liberal arts, teacher education, nursing, technology, engineering, and business administration leading to degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in nursing.

The University offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, the Sixth-Year Certificate in mathematics education leadership, reading and language arts, and in educational leadership, and the Doctor of Education. Non-degree graduate-level planned programs include post-baccalaureate programs that lead to teacher certification and official certificate programs for professional enhancement. Consult the School of Graduate Studies catalog for more information.

These academic programs are offered in the University's five schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education and Professional Studies, the School of Engineering and Technology, and the School of Graduate Studies. Courses applicable to most degree programs are offered through the Office of the Registrar for winter and summer sessions.

Requirements for Bachelor's Degree Programs

A total of 44-46 credits of general education studies, not including the foreign language requirement, must be completed as part of all baccalaureate degree programs.

A major, or primary field of study, is required of all students. Certain majors, leading to the BS degree, are certifiable for teaching by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Other BS programs are not certifiable. BA majors in the liberal arts program are not certifiable for teaching. Requirements for the majors are listed individually under the appropriate schools. Students who change their major or declare a new major should consult with the chair of the department of the new major or an assigned advisor within that department regarding major requirements. Students are required to complete the major requirements that are in place as of the date of the declaration of the new major. Requirements may be subject to revision by the University to reflect additional requirements imposed by outside licensing or accrediting agencies. A study plan for a major or program does not constitute a contract, either express or implied, and is subject to revision as described above.

A minor -- a secondary field of study (between 18 and 24 credits) -- is required for certain majors. No minor is required for students completing a double major. Although minor requirements and exceptions to that requirement are specifically noted in the individual program listing, students should consult with their advisors regarding the requirement of a minor.

BS in education students who complete certain minors in conjunction with a major area of study may be eligible for an additional certification endorsement in that content area. The minimum number of credit hours required to qualify for an additional certification endorsement in the minor area of study is based on Connecticut State Department of Education certification regulations and may exceed University credit-hour minimums.

Please note that no more than 30 credits of business courses may be applied to a degree program other than a business degree.

In addition to the required courses for major and minor, most bachelor's degree candidates are able to include a number of free elective courses in their programs.

Please see the Undergraduate Field of Study page linked here for a complete listing of credits required for each degree.

General Education

In addition to offering baccalaureate degrees, the University aims to provide students with the basic foundations for life-long learning as rational members of society, to awaken the pleasures of intellectual exploration and to elevate aesthetic sensibilities. This commitment to personal development depends on the acquisition and expansion of knowledge, intellectual processes, and techniques. The general education program seeks to realize the following objectives:

  • Objective: To develop an appreciation for, and enhance understanding of, the arts and humanities. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: engage in literary, philosophic, and artistic expression, response, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Objective: To develop global awareness, historical perspective, and appreciation of social and cultural diversity in the world. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: analyze an issue from the perspective of another cultural tradition or historical period; understand and respect cultural differences; read, write, speak, and understand a foreign language at an enhanced level.
  • Objective: To develop scientific understanding of the natural and social worlds. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: explain how scientists think, work, and evaluate the natural and social world; use techniques such as controlled observation, experiment, mathematical analysis of data, and production and interpretation of graphical and tabular data presentation; and demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the natural and social world.
  • Objective: To develop critical thinking and critical reading skills. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: define a problem; assemble evidence to support a conclusion; assess the validity of a sustained argument; and analyze information to uncover underlying meanings, structures, and patterns.
  • Objective: To strengthen writing and communication skills. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: develop a chosen topic, organize specifics to support a main idea, use proper grammar, address a particular audience, and revise and edit to produce focused and coherent texts.
  • Objective: To strengthen quantitative skills. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: apply mathematical and statistical techniques as a means of analysis within a variety of disciplines, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of these techniques of analysis.
  • Objective: To develop information fluency and computer literacy. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: locate, evaluate, and effectively use information from a variety of sources; use computers for research, analysis, and expression; and analyze the effects of information technology on society.
  • Objective: To foster personal health and fitness through a wellness model. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: develop and/or maintain a level of physical activity and nutrition that meets public health standards; construct and implement a fitness/wellness program to improve quality of life and longevity; apply behavior modification strategies to maintain healthy lifestyle habits and psychological well-being; and build a personal awareness of, and positive attitude towards, healthy living.
  • Objective: To recognize issues of social equity and social justice in the United States. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: recognize the diverse forms and effects of social and economic inequality; understand bias and discrimination based on individual and group factors such as race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, and mental or physical disability.
  • Objective: To develop and encourage the practice of civic responsibility. Relevant outcomes include the ability to: involve oneself in campus, local, or other communities; take a public stance on a community issue (in either a classroom or public setting); understand and analyze public issues and public affairs from the perspective of the larger community.

General Education Program

A total of 44-46 credits of general education studies, not including the foreign language requirement, must be completed as part of all baccalaureate degrees. Students must complete either the current general education program or the program that was in place at the time of their original matriculation at CCSU. For courses meeting the General Education requirements, click here.

Writing Requirement

When appropriate to subject matter, methodology, and class size, all courses designated for general education, in particular courses in literature, philosophy, the humanities, history, and the social and behavioral sciences, will require writing, including assigned papers and essay examinations.

International Requirement

In view of the increasing relevance of the global context to the future of our students, and their need for greater understanding of the world around them, each student must complete 6 credits in courses designated as "international" [I]. The "international" designation applies to all courses that substantially contribute to the understanding of the cultural expressions or social, political, and economic conditions of a particular region or country other than the United States. It also applies to courses that systematically offer a comparative international perspective and/or explore contemporary global issues. International courses are indicated by [I] at the end of their course descriptions; a list of international courses is linked here. [NOTE: The following information was approved by the Faculty Senate in May 2010 and added here on 11.2.10.] In addition, an international on-site education experience (e.g. faculty-led course abroad or semester-long study abroad) that results in approved CCSU transfer credit will fulfill the equivalent number of credits toward the International requirement (this shall apply even if the equivalent CCSU course(s) does not bear an International designation).

First-Year Experience

Required for all students who enter with fewer than 15 credits and to be taken in the student's first semester. This requirement is typically completed by a First-Year Experience (FYE) section of a course in general education and/or within a student's major/school. Those students who do not successfully complete an FYE course in their first semester will be required to successfully complete an FYE course in their second semester. Note: CRM 101, FYS courses, and other experiences designated by the FYE steering committee can also fulfill the FYE requirement.

Course Numbering
A summary of student eligibility at the various levels:

001-099    Non-credit courses

100           Search course

101-199    Courses normally open to first-year students, and in general to all undergraduate students.

200-299    Courses normally open to sophomores, and in general to all undergraduate students.

300-399    Courses normally open to juniors, and in general to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

400-499    Courses normally open to seniors, and in general to juniors and seniors; 400-level courses are also open to graduate students if the 400-level course appears in the graduate catalog. Additional work will be required for graduate credit.

500-599    Graduate courses; undergraduates require a minimum 3.00 GPA, 90 credits of study, and completion of permission form found in the Graduate Studies office, 102 Barnard or at the graduate website, and signatures of approval on the form of undergraduate advisor, instructor, chair of the department offering the course, and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies, who will give preferential admission to graduate students.

600-699    Graduate courses open to master's and sixth-year candidates.

700-799    Graduate courses open only to doctoral students.

When Courses Are Available
The marking of courses as available in an odd year (O) or an even year (E) refers to the whole academic year. Thus, a course scheduled for (O), odd year, would be given in an odd-starting academic year, such as 2009-2010, that fall or the next spring. One marked (E), even year, would be available in an even-starting academic year, such as 2010-2011, that fall or the next spring. If unspecified, the course is offered both semesters.

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