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for California State University, Fresno.
- American English Institute
- Applied Ethics
- Asian Studies
- Cognitive Science
- Global Awareness Certificate
- International Programs and University Studies Abroad Consortium
- Revising and Editing Skills
The American English Institute (AEI) at California State University,
Fresno, has offered a non-credit intensive English program for international
students since 1972. Instruction is at skill levels from low-intermediate
to advanced; there are no beginning classes offered.
Admission Requirements and Application Procedure. Applicants must be high school graduates who are at least 17 years old. Applicants should be motivated to improve their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. They should be prepared to attend classes every day and to do homework regularly. Interested students should contact the institute or go online to obtain the application form. An I-20 will be issued after students have submitted the completed AEI application form, the application fee, a financial guarantee document, and a passport copy. Since processing and mailing of the I-20 take time, students should apply at least two months before the session begins. For further information, call 559.278.2097, send a FAX to 559.278.5586, check our Internet site at http://www.fresnostate.edu/AEI, or write:
Director, American English Institute
California State University, Fresno
5048 N. Jackson Ave. #130 M/S LS74
Fresno, CA 93740-8022
Calendar and Fees. The AEI has 13-week spring and fall sessions and a 10-week summer session. Students pay application, tuition, health insurance, health center, and student service fees. Interested students should contact the institute to get specific information on fees and session dates.
Students receive five hours of instruction each week in the following four classes: writing and grammar; reading and vocabulary; listening, speaking, and pronunciation; and paper-based TOEFL preparation.
The Applied Ethics Program incorporates a wide range of courses addressing
ethical issues and the application of moral values to problems students
are likely to face in their professions, private lives, and responsibilities
as citizens. Applied ethics courses are intended to enhance the students'
appreciation of their own values throughout life.
While the program has neither a major nor minor, inclusion of several applied ethics courses in the students' curricula should be beneficial in a number of careers and in life itself. Several applied
ethics courses count toward General Education requirements, as well as graduate seminars in certain departments. Prerequisites for advanced courses may be established by participating departments. For further information, consult the coordinator, Dr. Andrew Fiala (Philosophy) and the Class Schedule.
Applied Ethics (AETH)
AETH 106T. Topics in Applied Ethics (1-3)
Selected topics involving applied ethics covering a range of career and life issues. Usually requires a previous course in applied ethics or special background.
AETH 190. Independent Study
(1-3; max total 6)
See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.
AETH 192. Directed Reading (1-3; max total 6)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Supervised readings in a selected applied ethics field.
AETH 194. Seminar in Applied Ethics (3)
Prerequisite: one course in applied ethics or special background. Intensive investigation of issues in applied ethics, normally requiring substantial student participation and discussion.
AETH 200. Ethics and Philosophy of Behaviorism (3)
(See PSYCH 231.)
AETH 201. International Relations and Political Theory (3)
(See PLSI 210.)
AETH 202. Ethics and Public Administration (3)
(See MPA 250.)
California State University, Fresno offers courses in many disciplines
which are concerned with South, Southeast, and East Asia. Although there
is no degree program in Asian Studies at this time, an interdisciplinary
undergraduate minor is available for students who desire a knowledge of
Asia as a complement to their chosen academic discipline or profession.
For further information and for aid in planning such a course of study,
consult the coordinator, Dr. Franklin Ng, 559.278.5187.
Asian Studies Minor
A Minor in Asian Studies consists of 21 units, including a minimum of 9 upper-division units. Specific requirements:
- Six to 9 units in one of the areas listed under Section I or II.
- A total of four courses, two (at least 6 units) from Section I and two (at least 6 units) from Section II, but none in the area chosen in Requirement 1.
- Up to 3 units of electives from Section I, II, or III.
Independent Study (190) courses in any department may be applied toward the minor as long as they cover some aspect of Asian Studies and are approved by the coordinator. Unspecified topics courses and seminar courses listed below must cover some aspect of Asia to be counted toward the minor.
Note: The Asian Studies Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division
units in residence.
Section I. Humanities
CHIN 1A-1B Elementary Chinese (3-3)
CHIN 2A-2B Intermediate Chinese (3-3)
JAPN 1A-1B Elementary Japanese (3-3)
JAPN 2A-2B Intermediate Japanese (3-3)
SKT 10A-B Sanskrit (3-3)
Philosophy and Religion
PHIL 136 Buddhism (3)
PHIL 137 Hinduism (3)
PHIL 138 Chinese Thought (3)
PHIL 172T Seminar in Religious Issues (1-4)
Section II. Social Sciences
ANTH 123 Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia (3)
ANTH 124 Peoples and Cultures of East Asia (3)
ANTH 155 Folk Medicine (3)
ANTH 125 Tradition and Change in China and Japan (3)
ANTH 126 Cultures and Foods of East Asia (3)
ECON 114 Economic Development of Poor Nations (3)
ECON 188T Special Topics (1-3; max total 6)
GEOG 177T Asian Regions (3; max total 9 if no area repeated)
HIST 6 East Asian Civilization
HIST 191 Modern Far East, 1843-1949 (3)
HIST 192 Modern Far East, 1949-Present (3)
HIST 199T Studies in Far Eastern History (1-3; max total 6 if no topic repeated)
PLSI 145T Area Studies in Asia (3)
PLSI 183 Comparative Administration (3)
SWRK 122T Gandhi and Nonviolence (3)
Section III. Courses
Partially Related to Asia
AGBS 140 Agriculture and International Development(3)
Additional courses may be selected with prior approval from the coordinator.
Multiple Subject, CalStateTEACH (CST) is both a preservice program and an intern program. CalStateTEACH is an alternative path to a multiple subject preliminary teaching credential. Available to individuals residing in the Valley, the Central Coast, northern California, and eastern California, CalStateTEACH is designed specifically to serve teachers who are interns or who can volunteer to practice teach in an elementary school (grades K-6). It is also designed for those who want to become teachers but are unable to access campus programs due to personal circumstances or because they live beyond commuting distance to a university. The program has been constructed to integrate the theory and practice of teaching with the daily experiences of teachers in the classroom.
CalStateTEACH is a Web-enhanced program in which students work in small groups, guided and supported by faculty of Fresno State as well as by on-site school personnel. This flexible form of instruction allows part-time, home-based study and uses a rich mix of print, Internet, CD ROM, and video. There are no regular university classes to attend, although there are five Saturday seminars over the course of the program. After successfully completing the program, participants will have earned a Multiple Subject Credential and 40-49 semester units of credit.
The CalStateTEACH program is offered in four terms. Fees include the cost of instruction and all books, course guides, videotapes, CDROM, and computer software. Federal and state financial aid in the form of grants and loans are available for qualified students.
- Subject Matter Competency. California requires potential teachers to demonstrate knowledge of subject matter through passage of the California Subject Matter Examination for Teachers (CSET). At initial enrollment, students who have not already passed this test will be advised regarding how to meet this admission requirement.
- Computer and Internet Requirements. Since there is a Web-based communication system for the program, each participant must have access to a computer connected to the Internet.
- Admission to the Program. Admission requirements are based on the standards of CSU campuses and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Basic requirements include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, passage of CBEST, a qualifying college grade point average, evidence of writing proficiency, successful completion of an interview with Fresno State faculty, and two letters of recommendation. Assuming that these requirements are met, teachers working full-time under an intern credential in a public elementary school or as a half-time practice teacher in an elementary school will qualify for CalStateTEACH. Assuming they are otherwise qualified, some elementary private school teachers, and long-term elementary substitute teachers may be accepted into the program. This determination will be made on an individual basis, according to program specifications. Candidates must have access to a multiple subject classroom in which the core curriculum is taught to all students. Candidates must have a minimum of 17.5 hours/week of contact with children in a classroom.
- Professional Preparation: Conventional Option
Term 1: CST 401 (10 units)
Term 2: CST 402 (10 units)
Term 3: CST 403 (10 units)
Term 4: CST 404 (10 units)
Total (40* units)
Professional Preparation: Split-Track Option
Term 1: CST 401A (7 units)
Term 1: CST 401B (3 units)
Term 1: CST 401F (3 units)**
Term 2: CST 402, Multiple Subject Credential Module 2 (10 units)
Term 3: CST 403, Multiple Subject Credential Module 3 (10 units)
Term 4: CST 404, Multiple Subject Credential Module 4 (10 units)
Total (40/43 units)*
CST 444: Required CSET Prep Course (3/6 units)
Total (43/49 units)
* Twenty units are practice or intern teaching, observation, and application in the classroom. The remaining 20 units are devoted to the regular multiple subject credential coursework; plus the infusion of crosscultural, language, and academic development; mainstreaming; and technology curriculum.
** To be taken concurrently with CST 401B for those who have not passed CSET
See page Curriculum and Instruction
The general objectives for the B.S. in Cognitive Science are to develop and provide a thorough foundation in the study of cognitive science, drawing in perspectives from computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology; to provide a foundation in cognitive science with which students will be able to pursue graduate education in cognitive science, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, or related fields; and to provide a foundation for the pursuit of jobs in business and industry where a multidisciplinary background is highly desirable.
The primary instructional objectives of the B.S. in Cognitive Science are to give an education in recent approaches to cognition and cognitive science and to give an overview of current methodologies used within cognitive science, including those methodologies used in the core disciplines of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology.
Cognitive Science Major
Major requirements (49-53 units)
The core consists of the two cognitive science foundational courses, plus a set of courses from each of the primary cognitive science disciplines represented at Fresno State: computer science, communicative disorders, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology.
Core requirements (40-41 units)
CGSCI 100, 101; CSCI 40, 41; LING 100, 152; PHIL 45; PSYCH 42, 128, 144; CSCI 60 or MATH 114
Area courses and electives (9-12 units)
Area Courses (6-8 units)
Select two courses from one of the following areas.
A. Cognition and Knowledge - PSYCH 121, 124; PHIL 145
B. Language - PHIL 146; CDDS 172; LING 139, 142, 143, 165
C. Computer Science and Informatics - CSCI 119, 164, 166
Electives (3-4 units)
(Double counted in G.E.) PHIL 151; PSYCH 10, 126
General Education requirements (51 units)
Remaining degree requirements (16-20 units)
Total (120 units)
It is recommended that students taking the Cognition and Knowledge Representation area courses be advised by appropriate faculty in psychology and philosophy, students taking the Language area courses be advised by appropriate faculty in linguistics and communicative disorders, and students taking the Computer Science and Informatics area courses be advised by appropriate faculty in computer science. Advisers should also note that many of the prerequisites for electives and area courses in the major are satisfied simply by taking core courses in the sequences prescribed by their respective departments.
Cognitive Science Minor
The Cognitive Science Minor requires 18-22 units. Students are required to take the two foundational CGSCI courses: CGSCI 100 (4 units) and CGSCI 101 (3 units).
In addition, students are required to take four courses (12-16 units) from the list below, with no more than two courses from the same department. Please note: students are not allowed to count any courses taken as part of the Cognitive Science Minor toward their major.
Foundational courses: CGSCI 100, 101 (7 units)
Four of the following: CSCI 119*, 164*, 166*; CDDS 172; PHIL 145, 146, 151; PSYCH 121, 124**, 126**, 128; LING 142***, 143***, 152***, 165*** (12-16 units)
Total (19-23 units)
* These courses have the following prerequisites: CSCI 40, 41, 60. CSCI 119 is also a prerequisite for CSCI 164 and 166.
** These courses have the following prerequisites: PSYCH 10, 42, 144.
*** These courses have the following prerequisites: LING 100.
Cognitive Science (CGSCI)
CGSCI 100. Foundations of Cognitive Science (4)
Overview of cognitive science, an interdisciplinary area of study focusing on cognition: how we perceive the world and how we can model the ways we think or perceive. Brings together the key fields of linguistics, psychology, philosophy, and computer science.
CGSCI 101. Cognitive Science Seminar (3; max total 9)
Introduces students to the discipline of cognitive science through a series of lectures given by local and visiting cognitive scientists. The structure and content will vary from term to term. May be taken three times for credit. CR/NC grading only.
The global awareness certificate is a Certificate of Special Study. These certificates are awarded for successfully completing a structured program of educational experiences of at least 12 semester units, determined in advance by a department or college/school, and consisting of upper-division (100-199) courses, professional (300-399) courses, and related activities.
The global awareness certificate is tailored to a particular area of study as determined by programs, departments, or colleges/schools. The certificate documents completion of a defined set of coursework and certifies that a student has achieved a set of outcomes denoting some level of competency in the international arena.
The following broad parameters are proposed for a global awareness certificate:
- Must be a minimum of 12 units.
- Must include an introduction to global issues course (3 units). Such courses could be designed by faculty from across the university.
- Must include the equivalent of at least one year of foreign language.
- Must include at least one study abroad experience.
- Must include at least one course (3 unit minimum) in the student's major (or closely related field) dealing with international aspects of the major. These courses are identified by departments/colleges and will not include courses in G.E. MI.
There are several types of programs offered by the university under this
- The campus program is designed for students whose native language is not English and for those whose education has been in a language other than English. All such students are required to participate in post-admission English language tests, such as the University English Exam (UEE). As a result of such testing, any student may be required to register for up to two ESL writing classes (LING 6 or 110W).
- The overseas program features study abroad through the CSU system-wide programs, short-term travel study programs led by faculty, and the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).
For more information about travel study, contact Family and Food Sciences Building, Room 119, 559.278.6452. For information on study abroad options throughout the CSU system, see http://www.calstate.edu/ip/.
The campus program provides courses to help international students gain
adequate skill in the use of the English language and sufficient familiarity
with American customs and tradition to obtain maximum benefit from their
experience at an American university. The following courses, taught through
the Linguistics Department, are required of all entering international students,
unless excused from part or all of it by the English as a Second Language
(ESL)/International Studies Courses (ISC) Petitions Committee on the advice
of the persons concerned with the instruction and administration of the
program. This decision is based on a consideration of test scores and other
data supplied by the student with his or her application. (See International Student Services and Programs.)
First Semester Courses. Most undergraduate students are required to enroll in LING 6 and ISC 93 the first semester of residence. With permission of their international counselor, students may enroll in other regular courses. The Linguistics Department also offers several sections of English 10 for resident and international English learners.
Other Undergraduate Courses. LING 110W is often required of transfer students who have completed ENGL 5B or 10 or its equivalent and 60 units of coursework.
Courses Taken in Graduate Standing. entering graduate student whose previous education has been in a language other than English is held to similar standards of English proficiency as are undergraduate students and may be required to enroll in the following undergraduate courses (such as LING 110W). English proficiency is based on performance on the UEE.
International Studies Course (ISC)
ISC 93. Contemporary American Society (1)
Introduction to contemporary American society to familiarize the student with political and social issues and ideological conflicts. (2 seminar hours)
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 20,000 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 more than 100 academic majors. Affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.
The affiliated institutions are as follows: Australia - Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, University of Western Sydney, Victoria University ; Canada - Concordia University (Montréal); Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago); China - Peking University (Beijing), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai); Denmark - Danish Institute for Study Abroad (international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen); France - Institut Catholique de Paris, Université de Provence (Aix-en-Provence), Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne, and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines; Germany - University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg ; Ghana - University of Ghana, Legon; Israel - Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Haifa; Italy - CSU Study Center (Florence), Université degli Studi di Firenze, Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze; Japan - Waseda University (Tokyo), University of Tsukuba; Korea - Yonsei University (Seoul); Mexico - Instituto Tecnolégico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro; South Africa - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth; Spain - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada; Sweden - Uppsala University; Taiwan - National Taiwan University (Taipei), National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu); and United Kingdom - Bradford University, Bristol University, Hull University, Kingston University, Swansea University.
International Programs pays tuition and administrative costs for participating California resident students to the same extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all tuition 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, in most 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, China, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Sweden and Taiwan. 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.
Obtain information and application materials from Family and Food Sciences
Building, Room 111 or call 559.278.6452. Or write to the Office of International
Programs, California State University, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long
Beach, CA 90802-4210. Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.calstate.edu/ip.
Fresno State students under The California State University International
Programs remain registered at Fresno State, with credit assigned in terms
of Fresno State courses. Undergraduate students who find appropriate study
opportunities at the host institution but no local counterpart course may
use Independent Study 190, and International Studies Abroad 92 or 192. Graduate
students may use Independent Study 290 and International Studies Abroad
International Studies Abroad (ISA)
ISA 92. Projects in Study Abroad: (Subject) (Units variable; max total 18)
Open only to students in The California State University International Programs. Study undertaken in a university abroad under the auspices of The California State University.
ISA 192. Projects in Study Abroad: (Subject) (Units variable; max total 18)
Open only to students in The California State University International Programs. Study undertaken in a university abroad under the auspices of The California State University.
ISA 292. Projects in Study Abroad: (Subject) (Units variable; max total 18)
One- to three-unit registrations. Prerequisite: admission to master's degree program; written plan approved by the instructor, department chair, and dean of the Division of Graduate Studies. May require one or more papers and oral or written examination on the student's return before the recording of the final grade.
London Semester (spring) includes
numerous opportunities to travel in England, Scotland, Wales, and on the
European Continent. Program information is available from the College of
Arts and Humanities. Call 559.278.3056.
Armenian Semester (fall) is being planned. Call Armenian Studies at 559.278.2669 for information.
Short-term Travel Study
Each summer and winter break, campus faculty members offer short (two- to four-week long) tours in other countries. Students take classes for academic credit and participate in cultural activities led by campus faculty. Call 559.278.6452 for program locations.
The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), a consortium of 33 American
universities, organizes fully accredited summer, semester, and year-long
programs in Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark,
England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta,
the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Thailand.
The programs are diversified, allowing students to fulfill up to two years
of university foreign language requirements in one semester. Courses are
also offered in a variety of other subjects. Field trips and integrated
living opportunities are key parts of the program. Any student currently
enrolled at California State University, Fresno who has an overall GPA of
2.5 or better on a 4.0 system is eligible to apply to a USAC program.
The following minicourses are designed to help students improve their
writing skills. Each course offers intensive work in a specific area. Students
may take one or all or any combination of these 1 -unit courses. These courses
may be taken prior to, concurrently with, or after freshman writing or W
courses. Classes are taught by members of the Linguistics Departments.
Revising and Editing Skills (RES)
RES 4A. Spelling and Word Formation (1)
Developing awareness of the systematic nature of English spelling in relation to the sound system and rules for word formation in the language. Mastery of the system rather than word memorization
RES 4B. Vocabulary Development (1)
Acquiring greater sensitivity to the literal and implied meanings of words, developing an awareness of the processes of word formation in English, and expanding the active vocabulary.
RES 4C. Sentence Structure (1)
Developing skill in writing clear, mature sentences. Focus is on structure that is, on the alternative ways of phrasing the same idea and the consequences of choosing one alternative and not another. Sentence and phrase expansion, reduction, combination, and rearrangement are emphasized, not traditional grammar.