Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011



The University

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is a regional, comprehensive public university dedicated to learning in the liberal arts and sciences and to education for the professions. Comprising five schools-Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Technology, and Graduate Studies-CCSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the master's and sixth-year levels, and a doctoral program (Ed.D.) in educational leadership. Committed to offering Connecticut citizens access to our distinctive academic programs of high quality, the University is also a responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of our state. Over 85% of our graduates remain in Connecticut, contributing to the intellectual, cultural, and economic well-being of our state.

Founded in 1849 as the New Britain Normal School-a teacher-training facility-CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly supported institution of higher education. It became the Teachers College of Connecticut in 1933, and after a period of extensive institutional growth and external expansion, it became the Central Connecticut State College in 1959. In recognition of the institution's continual development in mission and aspiration, the present name and educational charter were conferred in 1983. Honoring our "visionary innovations in undergraduate education," the Association of American Colleges & Universities selected CCSU as one of only 16 "Leadership Institutions" in the nation-and the only one in Connecticut.

The largest of four comprehensive universities within the Connecticut State University System, CCSU enrolls 8,300 full-time and 4,000 part-time students. The University full-time faculty of 434 members, 85% of whom possess doctorates or the equivalent, and part-time faculty of 465 members offer an array of distinctive educational and professional experiences.

CCSU offers a campus of beauty, hospitality, and state-of-the-art educational technologies, assuring the University's place among the finest educational institutions in Connecticut. An increasing network of global study-abroad opportunities and overseas inter-institutional arrangements has made CCSU the state's leading public international university. An extensive range of community outreach and engagement programs has expanded the University's historical role as a resource for central Connecticut and beyond.

Our Mission

Central Connecticut State University is a community of learners dedicated to teaching and to scholarship. We encourage the development and application of knowledge and ideas through research and outreach activities. We prepare students to be thoughtful, responsible and successful citizens.

Central Connecticut State University is, above all else, about teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Our research endeavors improve us as teachers and expose our students to methods of inquiry. The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society - local and global - and builds our sense of citizenship.

We value the development of knowledge and its application in an environment of intellectual integrity and open discourse. We expect that members of the University will engage in activities ranging from basic research and the creation of original works, to helping individuals and organizations achieve success in practical endeavors. All these activities enrich our community of learners.

As a public university, we receive support from the State of Connecticut. We have three designated Centers of Excellence and many nationally accredited programs. We take very seriously our commitment to provide access to higher education for all citizens in this State who can benefit from our offerings. Our high expectations for ourselves contribute to the fine quality and continuous improvement of our undergraduate and graduate programs. We believe that quality and access are compatible and simultaneously achievable; our objective is to provide the support needed for our students to reach their full potential.

We also believe that higher education should promote the personal and social growth of our students, as well as their intellectual achievement and professional competence. We provide various opportunities for students to engage in activities or to join organizations and clubs where they develop leadership and other social skills. We foster a welcoming environment in which all members of our diverse community receive encouragement and acquire self-confidence.

Central Connecticut State University aspires to be the premier public comprehensive university in Connecticut, with teaching as its primary focus, enhanced by the dynamic scholarship of its faculty; be highly regarded by its many constituents; be a significant resource contributing to the cultural and economic development of Connecticut; be global in its perspective and outreach; and be widely respected as a university dedicated to innovative, activity-based, life-long and learner-centered higher education.

Accreditation and Memberships

The University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, the Connecticut Department of Education (for its certification programs in education), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Programs in chemistry are accredited by the American Chemical Society. The honors track of the computer science program is accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board and the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The three majors in civil engineering technology, manufacturing engineering technology, and mechanical engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The industrial technology programs are accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology. The construction management undergraduate program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The marriage and family therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has accredited the exercise science program. The Council on Social Work Education has accredited the baccalaureate social work program, and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs has accredited the master's degree in biological sciences, anesthesia specialization.

The University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of Higher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the College Board, the Council of Advancement and Support of Education, the American Society of Engineering Education, the Council of Graduate Schools, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the Cooperative Education & Internship Association, and many other professional organizations related to the activities of individual departments at Central Connecticut State University.

Affirmative Action Policy

Central Connecticut State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action for all persons regardless of race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital or veteran status, or disability, in accordance with state and federal laws. This policy is applicable to all employment practices, admission of students, and programs and services to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

The University's affirmative action policy seeks to include persons of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities in its educational programs, and in all job groups of its work force. Further information is available from the Office of Diversity and Equity, located in Davidson Hall 102 (860-832-1653).


CCSU is governed by the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees, which oversees the four Connecticut state universities (Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western) and guides them in effectively serving the public. The board has 18 members, 14 of whom are appointed to six-year terms by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. Four members are student trustees who are elected by their fellow students.

The Board of Trustees determines the general policy of the university system; reviews and approves institutional budget requests; sets tuition and fees; and appoints the chancellor of the system and the university presidents. The board meets eight times a year, with meetings rotating among the four universities and the System Office. Board meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit www.ctstateu.edu/ trustees/boardmembers.htm.

To obtain a copy of the University's audited financial statements, contact the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Connecticut State University System, 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105.

CCSU Foundation

The CCSU Foundation, Inc., was created in 1971, at the request of the University, as a vehicle to obtain private contributions to support educational programs and research at Central Connecticut State University. Incorporated under the laws of the State of Connecticut, the non-profit, eleemosynary organization is governed by an independent Board of Directors which includes members of the faculty, the student body, the alumni, and the general public. The president of Central Connecticut State University is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.

For information on the audited financial statements of the CCSU Foundation, Inc., visit www.ccsu.edu/foundation/.

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment provides information about student success, including rates of retention and graduation, licensure passage rates, and a range of other measures. For more information about student success, visit www.ccsu.edu/OIRA/.

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