Graduate Catalog 2013-2014
The College of Staten Island is a four-year, senior college of The City University of New York that offers exceptional opportunities to all its students. A Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy is offered in Physical Therapy (DPT). The Master’s degree is awarded in selected fields of study: Accounting (MS); Biology (MS); Business Management (MS); Cinema and Media Studies (MA); Computer Science (MS); Education: Childhood (Elementary) Education (MSEd); Adolescence (Secondary) Education (MSEd); Special Education (MSEd); Special Education Adolescence Generalist (7-12) (MSEd); English (MA); Environmental Science (MS); History (MA); Liberal Studies (MA); Neuroscience, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA); Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities (MS); Nursing: Adult Health Nursing (MS) and Gerontological Nursing (MS); and Social Work (MSW). Post-Master’s Advanced Certificates are awarded in Leadership in Education, Adult Health Nursing, Cultural Competence, Gerontological Nursing, and Nursing Education.
The Doctoral program in Nursing is offered jointly with The City University Graduate School, University Center. The College also participates in The City University Doctoral programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics.
The academic year follows a two-semester pattern, with a separate summer session. Classes are scheduled days, evenings, and weekends.
The College of Staten Island of The City University of New York was founded in 1976 through the union of two existing colleges - Staten Island Community College and Richmond College. Staten Island Community College, the first community college in the University, opened in 1955. Richmond College, an upper-division college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to students who had successfully completed the first two years of college study elsewhere, was founded in 1965. The merger of these two colleges resulted in the only public four-year institution of higher learning on Staten Island.
Completed in 1994, the 204-acre campus of CSI/CUNY is the largest site for a college in New York City. Set in a park-like landscape, the campus is centrally located on the Island. Mature trees and woodlands, flowering trees and ornamental plantings, fields and outdoor athletic facilities, the Great Lawn, sculpture, and seating areas create a green oasis in an urban setting.
Fourteen renovated neo-Georgian buildings serve as classrooms, laboratories, and offices. The academic buildings house approximately 300 classrooms, laboratories and instructional spaces, study lounges, department and program offices, and faculty offices. The Library and Campus Center serve as focal points for the Academic Quadrangles with the Center for the Arts located midway between the Quadrangles at the fountain plaza. The Sports and Recreation Center and the athletic fields are located near the main entrance to the campus.
Fifteen works of art, a permanent collection of works either commissioned or purchased through the Art Acquisitions Program of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, are installed throughout the campus. Artists and the free-standing sculptures and reliefs are: Vincenzo Amato, Body of Hector/Glaucus; Miriam Bloom, Shooliloo; Fritz Bultman, Garden at Nightfall (extended loan); Chryssa, Untitled; Lucille Friedland, Big Stride (gift of the artist); Red Grooms, Marathon; Sarah Haviland, Staten Island Arch; Jon Isherwood, Borromini’s Task; Zero Higashida, Maquette for a Small Universe; Valerie Jaudon, Untitled; Niki Ketchman, Red Inside; Win Knowlton, Ellipse; Mark Mennin, Torak; Don Porcaro, Moon Marker; and Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Stele in the Wind.
Astrophysical Observatory: The 16-foot dome astrophysical observatory was completed in 1996. In addition to serving students in astronomy courses, the facility is used for faculty and student research projects, environment monitoring projects, and community programs.
Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building: An ultramodern facility, the building contains classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, research facilities for faculty and students, the Center for Environmental Science, and the Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities.
Campus Center: The Campus Center incorporates facilities for a complete program of student activities and offices for student organizations, food services, health services, a study lounge, bookstore, and the studios of WSIA-FM, the student-operated radio station.
Center for the Arts: Entered from the Great Lawn and from the Alumni Walk, the Center for the Arts houses two academic wings for programs in the arts as well as superb public spaces: the Clara and Arleigh B. Williamson Theatre, a 900-seat concert hall, a recital hall, an experimental theater, lecture halls, an art gallery, and a small conference center.
Library: Designed with inviting reading rooms, open shelves, and study carrels, its research and study facilities are enhanced by computer data-based operations available to all students. Library Media Services makes accessible pedagogical multimedia materials to distant classrooms and laboratories by means of the campus fiber-optic network.
Sports and Recreation Center: This 77,000 square-foot, multipurpose facility and surrounding athletic fields serve the intercollegiate and intramural sports and recreation programs for students.
Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities
Dr. Alejandra del Carmen Alonso, Director
Office: Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building (6S), Room 229
The Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities (CDNDD) is a CUNY Center that conducts, promotes, and sponsors research, education, and training in the developmental neurosciences with special emphasis on research and educational programs in the specific field of developmental disabilities. The Center serves as a hub for collaborative efforts between the College and other research institutions in offering a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities, and also partnering with the CUNY Doctoral programs in multiple disciplines in mentoring Ph.D. students. On the CSI campus, the Center has established research laboratories for investigations in cellular, molecular, behavioral, and clinical neuroscience and provides advanced research training for graduate and undergraduate students.
Center for Environmental Science
Dr. Alfred M. Levine, Director
Office: Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building (6S), Room 310
The Center for Environmental Science, established in 1987, provides support for research and policy recommendations concerning environmental problems. One of the major purposes of the Center is to define and solve environmental problems on Staten Island and its environs through research that includes studies of respiratory diseases, toxic and carcinogenic chemicals in the air, and the population at risk for lung cancer.
Center for the Study of Staten Island: Staten Island Project (SIP)
Dr. Richard Flanagan and Dr. Jonathan Peters, Co-Directors
The Center for the Study of Staten Island is designed to integrate the work of the College with the public affairs concerns of the people of Staten Island. To that end, it mediates and facilitates the collaboration of the College's faculty, students, and staff with government, civic organizations, and businesses in order to identify and assist in finding solutions to the borough's pressing public issues. More specifically, the Center serves as an information and consultation resource to prepare citizens and leaders to make better informed decisions about public life; it fosters the development of faculty research and undergraduate and graduate education through engagement with the Staten Island community; and it builds bridges to other public affairs institutes and local communities as a spur to innovations in public life on Staten Island. Whenever possible, the Center seeks to partner with community groups and agencies in advancing initiatives of mutual interest and in fulfilling consonant missions.
While encouraging and facilitating debate that accommodates differing and sometimes conflicting positions on controversial issues crucial to the community, the Center is committed to maintaining a nonpartisan stance.
Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences
The Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences brings together a wide range of research faculty and students with interests in interdisciplinary applications of mathematics and computational science.
The Center’s activities include the use of the campus super-computer, faculty collaboration, grant writing, student mentoring, undergraduate research, and sponsored lectures. More information can be found at www.math.csi.cuny.edu/ciamcs.
The City University of New York (CUNY), of which the College of Staten Island is a part, traces its beginning to 1847 and a public referendum that provided tuition-free higher education for residents of New York City. The municipal college system grew rapidly and its various colleges were consolidated as The City University of New York by an act of the New York State Legislature in 1961. CUNY is comprised of 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the Sophie David School of Biomedical Education. It is the largest municipal college system and the third largest university in the nation.
William P. Kelly
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer
Allan H. Dobrin
Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost
Alexandra W. Logue
Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Frederick P. Schaffer
Senior Vice Chancellor for Budget, Finance and Financial Policy
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Frank D. Sanchez
Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations
Pamela S. Silverblatt
Vice Chancellor for Research
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management
Gloriana B. Waters
Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management
Associate Vice Chancellor & University CIO
Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance
Senior University Dean/Special Counsel to the Chancellor
Benno Schmidt, B.A., J.D., Chairperson
Philip Alfonso Berry, M.B.A., M.S.W., B.A., A.A., Vice Chairperson
Valerie Lancaster Beal, B.A., M.B.A.
Wellington Z. Chen, B.S.
Rita DiMartino, A.A., B.A., M.P.A.
Freida D. Foster, B.A. M.S
Judah Gribetz, A.B., LL.B, LL.M
Joseph J. Lhota, B.S., B.A., M.B.A.
Hugo M. Morales, MD, DPN-P, F.A.P.A.
Brian D. Obdergfell, B.S., J.D.
Peter S. Pantaleo, J.D., B.A.
Kathleen M. Pesile, A.A.S., B.B.A., M.P.A.
Carol A. Robles-Roman, B.A., J.D.
Charles A. Shorter, B.A., M.A.
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, B.A.
Kafui Kouakou, B.B.A., B.S.
Terence F. Martell, B.A., Ph.D
Secretary of the Board
Frederick P. Schaffer
GRADUATE SCHOOLS, HONORS COLLEGE and PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
The Graduate Center
William P. Kelly, President
The Graduate School of Journalism
Stephen B. Shepard, Dean
City University School of Law at Queens College
Michelle Anderson, Dean
School of Professional Studies
John Mogulescu, Dean
Macaulay Honors College
Ann Kirschner, Dean
CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Neal L. Cohen, Interim Dean
City University School of Public Health
Kenneth Olden, Dean
THE SENIOR COLLEGES
Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President
Karen L. Gould, President
Lisa Staiano-Coico, President
College of Staten Island
William J. Fritz, Interim President
Jennifer J. Raab, President
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jeremy Travis, President
Ricardo R. Fernández, President
Medgar Evers College
William L. Pollard, President
New York City College of Technology
Russell K. Hotzler, President
James L. Muyskens, President
Marcia Keizs, President
THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Antonio Pérez, President
Bronx Community College
Carole B. Joseph, President
Hostos Community College
Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, President
Kingsborough Community College
Regina S. Peruggi, President
LaGuardia Community College
Gail O. Mellow,President
The New Community College Initiative
Scott E. Evenbeck, President
Queensborough Community College
Diane Call, President
The College of Staten Island is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215.662.5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.
The Chemistry Program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 800.227.5558.
The Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET accredits the BS degree in Computer Science. The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET accredits the BS degree in Engineering Science. The Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET accredits the AAS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. ABET is based at 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410.347.7700.
The Nursing Programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; 703.706.3245 accredits the Physical Therapy program.
The Education Programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, 202.466.7496.
The MA in Liberal Studies program is accredited by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP), c/o Duke University, Box 90095, Durham, NC, 27708; 919.684.1987.
The Medical Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and utilizes hospital affiliations accredited by NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 847.939.3597.
Copies of these accreditation documents, as well as the respective accreditation documents for the various academic disciplines, are available for review through the Office of Academic Affairs.
Grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition, the College of Staten Island is committed to the highest standards in teaching, research, and scholarship. Drawing on the rich heritage of The City University of New York that has provided access to excellence in higher education since 1847, the College of Staten Island offers that same opportunity in New York City’s Borough of Staten Island. The College is dedicated to helping its students fulfill their creative, aesthetic, and educational aspirations through competitive and rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. We embrace the strength of our diversity, foster civic mindedness, and nurture responsible citizens for our city, country, and the world.
The College of Staten Island will enhance the quality of its student-centered programs, research, scholarship, and creative works. The College will provide models for initiatives on technology, community, and our environment, as well as effective integration of programs, projects, and methodologies. CSI will develop a richer array of rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree offerings to better meet students’ educational and professional aspirations. The College of Staten Island will expand its role in The Graduate Center and other cross-campus activities of The City University of New York. We will become an even more vibrant center of intellectual and cultural exchange. The College will be strengthened by increasing its ability to serve a diverse campus community. Through these accomplishments, the College of Staten Island will achieve greater regional, national and international recognition.
Values and Fundamental Principles
Our campus Community values:
We nurture each student’s intellectual growth, curiosity, and excitement in order to prepare students to function in a complex and dynamic world.
Excellence in Research and Teaching
We set and meet high expectations in our academic programs through innovative and effective teaching, scholarship, and research. We strive to promote engagement among students and faculty.
We believe it is essential to provide transformational curricular and co-curricular opportunities, such as service learning, study abroad, leadership development, undergraduate research and scholarship, and internships.
We take pride in our work ethic, our ability to solve problems, and our stewardship of resources.
We actively work to instill the value of civic participation and are proud of our leadership role for Staten Island and beyo nd. We foster partnerships to address public issues and encourage involvement in community affairs.
Our fundamental principles:
Drawing from the richness of our diverse community, we incorporate multiple approaches to developing and encouraging the inclusion of various world views, cultures, and experiences into the fabric of our institution.
In our relationships with each other, we insist on mutual respect and thoughtful dialogue. We provide forums for the exchange of ideas informed by the techniques of critical analysis and the traditions of scholarly discourse.
We uphold the highest standards of honesty and fairness in our interactions with each other.
Institutional Strategic Directions
Strategic Direction 1
Develop a richer array of rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet students’ educational and professional aspirations
Strategic Direction 2
Enhance the quality and recognition of research, scholarship, and creative works for faculty and students.
Strategic Direction 3
Become a more vibrant center of intellectual and cultural exchange through community partnerships.
Strategic Direction 4
Strengthen and increase our ability to serve a diverse campus community.
Strategic Direction 5
Position the College to achieve greater regional, national and international recognition through advancement and fund raising activities.
Strategic Direction 6
Examine the College’s current and possible future uses of technology for a wide range of purposes.