offerings give students more choices
fall semester brought the debut of several new academic programs
to campus, including a doctorate in education leadership awarded
with two other universities in Northern California. New degrees,
majors and minors include a master’s degree in chemistry
with a concentration in biochemistry, a master’s degree
in business administration for executives, a history minor
in Middle East and Islamic Studies and a criminal justice
minor in forensics investigations. And a minor in Chicano
Latino Studies got its start during the spring semester.
this fall started its new doctoral program in educational
leadership with Sonoma State University and UC Davis. The
program, geared toward working professionals, leads to a Doctor
of Education, or Ed.D, degree awarded jointly by the CSU and
UC systems. The program is designed to help meet the need
for leadership in California’s public schools and community
colleges, said Rosemary Papa, who is coordinating the new
program. “There is and will continue to be a great need
for strong leadership for our schools,” she said.
students, all working professionals, are enrolled in classes
this semester. The program’s curriculum focuses on developing
strategic leadership skills, bridging public policy and practice,
building community in an increasingly diverse society and
using data for more effective decision-making. Students will
be able to earn their doctoral degrees within three years.
Department this semester offers a new master’s degree
in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. Linda Roberts,
associate professor of chemistry who helped create the degree’s
curriculum, said the new degree was established as a result
of several factors.
have had a lot of students in biochemistry who wanted to continue
their studies at the graduate level,” said Roberts,
adding that the department in recent years has added new faculty
with backgrounds in biochemistry. “With the biotech
industry growing in the Sacramento-Vacaville area, there is
a demand for graduates with advanced degrees in biochemistry.”
of Business Administration this fall kicked off its new Master’s
of Business Administration for Executives (EMBA) degree program.
Thirty-five working professionals are currently taking classes
on Friday evenings and during the day on Saturdays, and will
complete the degree program in 15 months, said Chiang Wang,
professor of operations and strategic management and coordinator
of the EMBA program. Next semester the College of Business
Administration will start a second EMBA class at Intel in
interest served as a spark for creating the new minor in history
in Middle East and Islamic Studies. “In a sense, Sept.
11 may have been behind the initiative for proposing the minor,
but I think it grew naturally out of the increased interest
among students on campus,” said Afshin Marashi, assistant
professor of history who coordinates the program with Erin
Stiles, assistant professor of humanities and religious studies.
minor will help students learn about the history, politics,
culture and religion of the Middle East and the Islamic world.
Classes in the minor come from across the curriculum, ranging
from government and sociology to women’s studies and
foreign languages, and cover topics such as Islamic civilization,
Middle Eastern societies and culture, and women in the Middle
justice offers a new minor this fall in forensics investigations
that is open only to declared biology and chemistry majors.
The minor allows the science students to gain an understanding
of the criminal justice system if they are contemplating careers
in the field. The classes cover topics such as general investigation
techniques, physical evidence and the court system.
established the minor because we had students in these majors
who were already interested in forensics who were taking the
minor in criminal justice,” said William Vizzard, chair
of criminal justice. “We wanted to better fit their
spring saw the start of a new minor in Chicano Latino Studies
which focuses on the experiences of Chicanos and Latinos not
only in the United States but also in Mexico, Puerto Rico,
the Dominican Republic and countries in Central and South
America. The minor is designed to help students who are majoring
in fields such as government, education or social work understand
the diversity of today's Hispanic American community.
Rios, interim director of the Chicano Studies program, said
that the growth of the Hispanic American population in the
Sacramento area signaled a strong need for the University
to provide a program for students to learn more about the
varied cultures of the Hispanic American community. "Our
students will be taking jobs in human services fields, for
example, that demand that they understand the diverse Hispanic
American community. It is a community made up of Spanish-speaking
people coming from different cultural backgrounds and who
have different orientations, said Rios, who credited David
J. Leon, director of the Chicano Studies program who is on
sabbatical, for creating the program and developing courses
specifically for the minor.