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Colleges, Degrees and Accreditation

Colleges, Degrees and Accreditation

California State University, Northridge, has eight academic colleges and the Delmar T. Oviatt Library. The academic colleges are Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication; Business and Economics; Michael D. Eisner College of Education; Health and Human Development; Engineering and Computer Science; Humanities; Science and Mathematics; and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Colleges

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Dean: Wm. Robert Bucker 

Interim Associate Dean: Maureen Rubin 

(818) 677-2246 

www.csun.edu/amc 

Laila Asgari, Interim Director of Finance and Operations, MCCAMC and VPAC 

Maria Valiton, Student Resource Center/EOP, Director 

Kenneth Sakatani, Art, Dept. Chair 

Jon Stahl, Cinema and Television Arts, Dept. Chair 

Bernardo Attias, Communication Studies, Dept. Chair 

Linda Bowen, Journalism, Dept. Chair 

Elizabeth Sellers, Music, Dept. Chair 

Garry Lennon, Theatre, Dept. Chair 

Research Centers and Institutes 

Entertainment Industry Institute, Robert Gustafson, Director 

Center for Visual Communications, Dave Moon Viscom, Director 

Center for Ethnic and Alternative Media, Kent Kirkton, Director 

College of Business and Economics

Dean: William Jennings 

Associate Dean: Judith Hennessey 

(818) 677-2455 

www.csun.edu/busecon 

Cathleen Fager, Manager, Academic Resources 

Tina Kiesler, Director, Business Honors Program 

Wendy Rivera, Director, Business Program for Adult College Education (PACE) 

Paul Lazarony, Accounting and Information Systems, Dept. Chair 

Rishma Vedd, Accounting and Information Systems, Assoc. Dept. Chair 

Melanie Stallings Williams, Business Law, Dept. Chair 

Nancy Virts, Economics, Dept. Chair 

James P. Dow, Jr., Finance, Real Estate and Insurance, Dept. Chair 

William W. Roberts, Management, Dept. Chair 

Mary T. Curren, Marketing, Dept. Chair 

Ali Behnezhad, Systems and Operations Management, Dept. Chair 

Deborah Cours, Director, Graduate Programs 

Wendy Rivera, Assistant Director, Graduate Programs 

Christopher G. Jones, Director, Master of Science in Accountancy Program 

Rafi Efrat, Director, Master of Science in Taxation Program 

Luella Jones, Director, Ernst and Young Center for Careers in Accounting and Information Systems 

Craig Oka, Director, Internship Program 

Shannon Johnson, Associate Director, Internship Program 

Fariba Farzan, Student Services Center/EOP, Director 

Research Centers and Institutes 

Institute for Business and Economics, Judith E. Hennessey, Director 

The Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation, Rafi Efrat, Director 

Center for China Finance and Business Research, Yanbo Jin, Director 

Center for Financial Planning and Investment, Michael Phillips, Director 

Center for Quality and Productivity Education, Chi-Chuan Yao, Director 

Center for Real Estate, Donald Bleich, Director 

Center for Risk and Insurance, David Russell, Director 

San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, William W. Roberts, Director 

Wells Fargo Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Franck Vigneron, Director 

Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Dean: Michael E. Spagna 

Associate Dean: Beverly Cabello 

(818) 677-2590 

www.csun.edu/education 

Virginia McCarron, Manager, Academic Resources 

Bonnie Crawford, Director, Credential Office 

Flavia Fleischer, Deaf Studies, Dept. Chair 

William De La Torre, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Dept. Chair 

Richard Gregory, Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership 

Shari Tarver-Behring, Educational Psychology and Counseling, Dept. Chair 

Marilyn Joshua Williams, Elementary Education, Dept. Chair 

Mike Rivas, Secondary Education, Dept. Chair 

Sue Sears, Special Education, Dept. Chair 

Research Centers and Institutes 

Center for Educational Intervention and Therapy (CEIT) 

Director: Sue Sears (818) 677-2596 

Center for Partnerships for Educational Reform 

Director: William De La Torre (818) 677-7856 

Center for Professional Development and Educational Outreach 

Director: Mike Rivas (818) 677-2580 

Center for Research and Innovation in Elementary Education 

Director: Michael Spagna (818) 677-2621 

Center in Educational Psychology and Counseling 

Director: Shari Tarver-Behring (818) 677-2599 

Mitchell Family Counseling Clinic 

Director: Michael Laurent 

Coordinator: Donna Pioli (818) 677-2568 

Center for Teaching and Learning 

Director: Richard L. Goldman (818) 677-7494 

Administrative Coordinator: Marcia Rea 

Teaching, Learning and Counseling (TLC) Consortium 

Director: Sue Sears(818) 677-8522 

Administrative Coordinator: Tina Stamper 

Family Focus Resource and Empowerment Center (FFREC) 

Director Victoria Berrey (818) 677-5575 

Institute for the Advancement of Educational Studies and Programs 

Director: Michael E. Spagna (818) 677-2590 

Special Education Institute for Research, Innovation and Teaching (SPIRIT) 

Director: Flavia Fleischer (818) 677-5116 

The Valley Trauma Center 

Director: Shari Tarver-Behring (818) 677 2601 

24-HR Hotline (818) 886-0453 

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Dean: S.K. Ramesh 

Associate Dean: Nagwa Bekir 

(818) 677-4501 

www.ecs.csun.edu/ecsdean 

Richard Barrett, Manager, Academic Resources 

Nazaret Dermendjian, Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Dept. Chair 

Ileana Costea, Manufacturing Systems Engineering and 

Management, Dept. Chair 

Steven Stepanek, Computer Science, Dept. Chair 

Ali Amini, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dept. Chair 

Hamid Johari, Mechanical Engineering, Dept. Chair 

Karla Pelletier, Student Services Center/EOP, Director 

Research Centers and Institutes 

Center for Research and Services, Vacant, Director 

Energy Research Center, Abhijit Mukherjee, Director 

Ernie Schaeffer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Mark Rajai, Director 

College of Health and Human Development

Dean: Sylvia A. Alva 

Associate Dean: Marilynn Filbeck 

(818) 677-3001 

www.csun.edu/hhd/ 

Renate Wigfall, Manager, Academic Resources 

Mario Lopez, Student Services Center/EOP, Director 

David Wakefield, Child and Adolescent Development, Dept. Chair 

J. Stephen Sinclair, Communication Disorders and Sciences, Dept. Chair 

Thomas Hatfield, Environmental and Occupational Health, Dept. Chair 

Tami Abourezk, Family and Consumer Sciences, Dept. Chair 

Stephen Chung, Gerontology, Coordinator 

Anita Slechta, Health Sciences, Dept. Chair 

Shane Frehlich, Kinesiology, Dept. Chair 

Marianne Hattar, Nursing, Dept. Chair 

Sheryl Low, Physical Therapy, Dept. Chair 

Alan Wright, Recreation and Tourism Management, Dept. Chair 

Research Centers and Institutes 

Center of Achievement for Adaptive Therapeutic Exercise, Taeyou Jung, Director 

Center for Recreation and Tourism, Alan Wright, Director 

Center for Health Promotion, Research and Ethics, Brian Malec, Director 

CSUN Aquatic Center at Castaic Lake, John Van Arsdale, Director 

Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Joyce Gilbert, Director 

Center for Advanced Practice in Physical Therapy, Sheryl Low, Director 

Language, Speech and Hearing Center, J. Steven Sinclair, Director 

Child and Family Center, Jerry Ann Harrel-Smith, Director 

Consumer Resource Center, Yi Cai, Director 

College of Humanities

Dean: Elizabeth Say 

Special Assistant to the Dean: Juana Mora 

(818) 677-3301 

www.csun.edu/humanities 

Elizabeth Whirledge, Manager, Academic Resources 

Marvin Villanueva, Student Services Center/EOP, Interim Director 

Mary Dudley, Student Services Center/EOP, Advisor 

Ana Boduryan, Student Services Center/EOP, Advisor 

Gina Masequesmay, Asian American Studies, Dept. Chair 

Douglas Carranza, Central American Studies, Coordinator 

Mary Pardo, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Dept. Chair 

John Adams, Classical Greek and Roman Civilization, Coordinator 

Jackie Stallcup, English, Dept. Chair 

Sheena Malhotra, Gender and Women’s Studies, Dept. Chair 

Michael Neubauer, Liberal Studies, Director 

Evelyn McClave, Linguistics, Coordinator 

Brian Castronovo, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Dept. Chair 

Tim Black, Philosophy, Dept. Chair 

Rick Talbott, Religious Studies, Dept. Chair 

Research Centers and Institutes 

Center for Ethics and Values, Adam Swenson, Director 

Center for the Humanities (College umbrella), Juana Mora, Director 

Center for Study of Peoples of the Americas, Gabriel Gutierrez, Director 

Central American Studies Center, Douglas Carranza, Director 

CSUN Women’s Research and Resource Center, Shira Brown, Director 

College of Science and Mathematics

Dean: Jerry Stinner 

Special Assistants to the Dean: Robert Espinoza and David Gray 

(818) 677-2005 

www.csun.edu/csm/ 

Kavoos Blourtchi, Manager, Academic Resources 

Elizabeth Riegos-Olmos, Student Services Center/EOP, Director 

Larry Allen, Biology, Dept. Chair 

Eric Kelson, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dept. Chair 

Vicki Pedone, Geological Sciences, Dept. Chair 

Werner Horn, Mathematics, Dept. Chair 

Say-Peng Lim, Physics and Astronomy, Dept. Chair 

Research Centers and Institutes 

Center for Supramolecular Studies, Barney Bales, Director 

Center for Astronomy and Space-Science Education (CASE), Cristina Cadavid, Overlord 

Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Sciences (IRIS), Rabia Djellouli, Director 

Center for Computational Materials Theory, Nicholas Kioussis, Director 

Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology, Steven Oppenheimer, Director 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dean: Stella Theodoulou 

Associate Dean: Darrick Danta 

818-677-3317 

www.csun.edu/csbs 

csbs.info@csun.edu 

Pamela Simon, Manager, Academic Resources 

Anne Robison, Director of Development 

Ani Harutyunyan, Student Services Center/EOP Office, Director 

Matthew Terhune, Grants and Contracts Officer 

Lucille Castillo, SOLAR Coordinator 

Aaron Guillory, Administrative Support Coordinator 

Talin Saroukhanian, Online Instruction Coordinator 

Joy Bartley, Administrative Coordinator to the Dean 

Danielle de Asis, Administrative Support Assistant 

Florence Manumpil, Financial Analyst 

John B. Wall, Manager, Technology Office 

Tina Kotin-Savitch, Administrative Support Coordinator 

Rachael Howes, Social Science Subject Matter Program Coordinator 

Karin Stanford, Pan-African Studies, Dept. Chair 

Cathy Costin, Anthropology, Dept. Chair 

Shawna Dark, Geography, Dept. Chair 

Richard Horowitz, History, Dept. Chair 

Lawrence Becker, Political Science, Dept. Chair 

Carrie Saetermoe, Psychology, Dept. Chair 

Amy Levin, Social Work, Dept. Chair 

Herman DeBose, Sociology, Dept. Chair 

Robert Kent, Urban Studies and Planning, Dept. Chair 

Research Centers and Institutes 

Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences, James Decker, Director 

Center for Geographical Studies, Shawna Dark, Director 

Center for Geographical Studies, James Craine, Director 

Anthropological Research Institute, Matthew Des Lauriers, Director 

Center for Southern California Studies, Josh Sides, Director 

Center for Survey Research, Jerald Schutte, Director 

DuBois-Hamer Institute, Theresa White, Director 

The Tseng College

Dean: Joyce Feucht-Haviar 

Deputy Dean: Kamiran (Kim) Badrkhan 

(818) 677-5005 

http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/ 

Lih Wu, Executive Director, Business Operations & Finance 

Jennifer Kalfsbeek, Senior Program Director, Private Sector Programs 

Henrik Minassians, Director, Public Sector Programs 

Ravi Roy, Associate Director, Public Sector Programs 

Amin Maghsoodi, Director, Admissions, Registration and Client Services 

Mary Baxton, International Outreach Specialist 

University Library

Dean: Mark Stover 

Associate Dean: Marianne Afifi 

(818) 677-2271 

http://library.csun.edu/ 

Vacant, Director, Library Information Technology 

Laura Clary, Manager, Academic Resources 

Lynn Lampert, Reference and Instructional Services, Dept. Chair 

Helen Heinrich, Technical Services, Dept. Chair 

Cindy Ventuleth, Director, Special Projects 

Degrees

CSU Northridge, a liberal arts institution, also has substantial programs in technological and professional fields. The University currently offers bachelor’s degrees in 69 areas, master’s degrees in 58 areas, and two professional doctorate programs. For degree listings, see the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs sections in this catalog. There are 28 credentials given in the field of education.

Accreditation

CSU Northridge is accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education and Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

On March 8, 2012, WASC awarded CSUN a full 10 years reaccreditation. Information specific to CSU Northridge’s reaccreditation can be found at www.csun.edu/~instrsch/wasc/index.html. Information about WASC can be found at www.wascweb.org. WASC can be reached at:

WASC – Western Association of Schools and Colleges 

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 

Alameda, CA 94501 

Email: wascsr@wascsenior.org 

Phone: (510) 748-9001 

Fax: (510) 748-9797 

For the State of California, CSU Northridge is accredited by the State Board of Education.

In 1966, the CSUN Student Health Center became the first college health service in the United States to be accredited by the American College Health Association. The Klotz Student Health Center received its most recent outstanding three-year reaccreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care in Spring 2010.

Professional degree programs, accredited by national societies and associations, are as follows:

Art. B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. programs, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

Athletic Training. B.S. program, by the Commission of Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 

Business Programs. Undergraduate: B.S. in Accountancy, B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Finance, B.S. in Information Systems, B.S. in Management and B.S. in Marketing; Graduate: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.), Master of Science in Taxation (M.S.) and the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (G.C.B.A.) are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

Career Counseling. M.S. program, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). 

Civil Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. 

College Counseling and Student Services. M.S. program, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). 

Communicative Disorders. M.S. program in Speech Pathology, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): American Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology- Educational Standards Board. 

Computer Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. 

Computer Science. B.S. program, by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. 

Construction Management. B.S. program, by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Special Education: Option). M.A. program, by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). 

Didactic Program in Dietetics (Family and Consumer Sciences: Option). B.S. program, by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). 

Dietetic Internship (Family and Consumer Sciences). Internship Program by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). 

Education. Credential and graduate programs, by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Teacher Certification Program, by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Education Unit accreditation, by National Council Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Electrical Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. 

Environmental and Occupational Health. B.S. and M.S. programs, by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). 

Family and Consumer Sciences. B.S. program, by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). 

Journalism. B.S. and M.S. programs, by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 

Interior Design. (Family and Consumer Sciences: Option). B.S. program, by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). 

Manufacturing Systems Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. 

Marriage and Family Therapy. M.F.T. program, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). 

Master of Social Work. MSW program, by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

Mechanical Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. 

Music. B.A., M.A., B.M. and M.M. programs, by the National Association of Schools of Music. 

Nursing. B.S. program, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Physical Therapy. D.P.T. program, by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE). 

Public Health. M.P.H. program in Community Health Education, by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

Radiologic Sciences. B.S. program, by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and by the California Department of Health, Radiologic Health Board. 

School Counseling. M.S. program, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). 

School Psychology. M.S. program, by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP). 

Theatre. B.A. and M.A. programs, by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.