Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
Office of Academic Affairs
Building 1A, Room 305
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost, Fred Naider
As the College’s chief academic officer, the Provost provides vision, leadership, and oversight to the maintenance and development of quality academic programs including support for the development of a distinguished faculty in both the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies and support of faculty research and graduate education at the master’s and doctoral levels.
The Provost reports directly to the President and is the ranking member of the executive management team, with responsibility for all academic units and departments. The Provost is responsible for promoting academic excellence and for assuring that students have access to intellectual and practical experiences that will enrich their lives and prepare them for their post-collegiate careers.
"Empowering Proactice Learning and Providing the Foundation for Lifelong Success"
Paulette Brower-Garrett, Director, Building (1A), Room 101
The Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS) is responsible for teaching the principles and philosophy of general education and its relevance in curricula. CAAS provides advisement support to new students, matriculated continuing students who have earned less than 45 credits and to students who are declared as Associate Degree Liberal Art majors. Committed to utilizing the most effective advisement practices in support of student academic success, it empowers students to proactively become involved in their own educational experience.
Here, while students find academic assistance with educational goal planning, major, minor, and career identification, general education requirements, DegreeWorks (the degree audit self-advisement tool), TAP eligibility and academic policies and regulations; faculty can find assistance with advisor training and development and evening & weekend services. Additionally, CAAS is responsible for administration of the Pathfinder Program, a career exploration workshop series designed to help students determine potential career pathways and related academic majors. Further information about advisement, Pathfinder, and other services can be found at www.csi.cuny.ed/academicadvisement.
All students assigned faculty or professional advisors are required to meet with an advisor minimally once each semester. The Early Advisement Period (each March and October) is designed to provide students with ample opportunity to discuss their educational plans and to complete their upcoming semester’s course selection process. Prior to the Priority Registration Period (each April and November), students receive notification of the priority registration access date. Students should meet with their advisor to complete their educational plans, have their Advisement Stop removed, and prepare to complete their registration process at least 3 weeks before their priority registration access date.
Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Building 2A, Room 103
The College offers a gateway program for first time and returning degree track adult students. The ARC (Adults Returning to the Classroom) program provides personalized, comprehensive support services from pre-admission counseling to registration. The goals of the ARC program is to facilitate a seamless transition for non-traditional students into the College.
Associate Director, Jennifer Lynch, Building 1A, Room 111
The Office of Alumni Relations maintains contact with alumni through ongoing social, educational, athletic, and cultural events.
The Office also assists the CSI Alumni Association and its elected Board of Directors, who serve as the representative voice for over 50,000 alumni worldwide. The Alumni Association was established in 1980 and its mission is dedicated to promoting a lifelong spirit of pride, fellowship, loyalty, and learning among alumni, students, and the community.
All persons who have a degree or six-year certificate from CSI or its predecessor institutions, Richmond College and Staten Island Community College, are members of the Alumni Association. Alumni seeking further information or wishing to obtain a permanent alumni photo ID are invited to call 718.982.2290, email email@example.com or visit the Office.
Center for the Arts 1P, Room 116
Director, John Jankowski
The Center for the Arts contains, in the instructional wing, the Department of Performing and Creative Arts, the Department of Media Culture, studios, performance and rehearsal spaces, a screening room, a studio theater, film and video production facilities, and laboratories for communications and graphics. The workshops include facilities for print making, painting, sculpture, photography, electronic music, and recording.
The Center for the Arts is home to the Clara and Arleigh B. Williamson Theatre, a 430-seat proscenium-stage theater; the 893-seat Concert Hall; the 150-seat Recital Hall; the 150-seat Lecture Hall; the 150-seat Lab Theatre for student productions; the CFA Atrium; the Conference Room; the Art Gallery, for major exhibitions; and the Student Art Gallery. Each academic year, the CFA presents a full schedule of innovative performing and visual arts public programming that features guest artists, CSI arts faculty, and CSI art students. The CFA also administers a theater rental program open to the Staten Island community.
Building 2A, Room 206
Director, Stephen M. Ferst
The Center for International Service encourages and supports the international component of the academic life of the College. The Center provides direction and assistance in matters affecting the College’s international student population, sponsors study abroad programs, directs scholar and student exchange programs, and facilitates international development programs. Guidance for the Center’s activities is provided by a faculty advisory committee.
Building 2A, Room 206
Academic Coordinator, Joanne Riggio
The Institute, a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs, offers intensive English language study and programs in American language and culture to international students and professionals. The Institute is supported by course fees. Admission to the English Language Institute does not constitute admission to the College.
The staff, serving foreign students and scholars, processes immigration documentation; facilitates admission procedures; provides academic advisement, counseling, adjustment, and orientation to college life in the U.S.; and assists in off-campus housing.
The Center offers a variety of study abroad programs for undergraduate credit only with partner institutions around the world including the following: Nanjing University, Shanghai University, and the City University of Hong Kong in China; the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Catholic University of Guayaquil and the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador; Middlesex University in London, England; The American College of Thessaloniki in Greece; Scuola Lorenzo deMedici in Florence and Tuscania, The American University of Rome, and the Istituto Venezia in Italy; the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santanden, Spain; IPAG in Nice and Paris, France; Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan; and Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Overseas study programs in more than 25 countries are open to CSI students through membership in the College Consortium for International Studies.
There is no foreign language prerequisite; however, students are required to study the language of the country and are placed in courses suitable to their ability. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required for participation in most of the CSI-sponsored study abroad programs. The staff provides assistance and information about admissions, financial aid, orientation, and re-entry. To prepare effectively for participation in the program, students are encouraged to investigate the overseas study opportunities early in their academic careers. Most student financial aid plans are applicable to study abroad programs and special scholarship funds are available for eligible students.
The Center coordinates a faculty exchange program with Shanghai University in China on behalf of The City University. The Center also has responsibility for CSI exchange programs and faculty development activities and international projects in various countries. On-campus programs for faculty and students include the World on Wednesday lecture series, International Education Week Events, and special programs.
Building 1A, Room 401
Vice President for Institutional College Advancement, Barbara Eshoo
The Office of College Advancement is responsible for advancing the mission of the College and developing financial support for the College from alumni, faculty and staff, the community, and private industry. The CSI Foundation, Inc. was established to provide leadership and volunteer assistance to the College in its fundraising programs.
The CSTEP program seeks to increase enrollment and graduation, among historically underrepresented students, in undergraduate and graduate programs leading to professional licensure or to careers in the fields of science, technology, and education at the College of Staten Island (CSI). Through exposure to research opportunities in technology, scientific research, and teaching, CSTEP students will begin to view themselves as professionals and will help to reshape the culture of these professional fields as they reach their desired career goals.
The CSTEP Program is designed for New York State residents, including permanent residents, who must be full-time students and have good academic standing, which includes a 2.75 grade point average and enrollment in an approved scientific, technical, heath-related, pre-professional, or professional undergraduate or graduate program of study. Students must be of African, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaskan Native descent or be economically disadvantaged (based on criteria established by New York State.) Students enrolled in State-funded opportunity programs (AMP, HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery) are also eligible to participate in the CSTEP program.
Building 4N, Room 210
Coordinator: Elizabeth Schade
The CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) is an intensive English language program for students who are non-native speakers of English and have been admitted to a CUNY college but have not passed the CUNY reading and/or writing assessment tests. CLIP offers students the opportunity to spend more time learning English in an academic environment before formally enrolling in or returning to college courses. CLIP provides a full-time immersion approach to English language study that does not draw upon a student's financial aid allocation; students pay only a nominal fee for the program.
Building 1A, Room 310
Coordinator: Debra Evans-Greene
The College Success Initiative is the Black Male Initiative Program (BMI) at the College of Staten Island. This program was designed by The City University of New York (CUNY) to engage successful minority students in the recruitment and retention of other minority students, especially males, at the college and high school levels.
The College Success Initiative is open to all academically eligible students, faculty, and staff without regard to race, gender, national origin, or other characteristic. The program is a collaborative effort of parents, college faculty and staff, and high school principals and teachers, as well as members of the Staten Island community, to attain the same goals with our minority students.
Director, Dr. Jane Coffee, Building 1S, Room 212
The goal of the Teacher Education Honors Academy is to educate undergraduate students who have a demonstrated talent in science and mathematics and who have a sincere desire to teach in the high schools or middle schools. Teacher Academy students have a choice of four majors: biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics. They must complete all the requirements for their chosen major as well as the undergraduate sequence of education courses required for initial teacher certification. The Teacher Education Honors Academy students acquire hands-on experience in New York City public middle or high schools and this experience begins in the first semester in the Teacher Education Honors Academy program. Students in the Teacher Education Honors Academy are eligible for financial and academic assistance and for internships in middle and high schools.
Please see the section on academic requirements for Admissions to Teacher Education Honors Academy.
Building 1A, Room 211
Acting Director Charles Gomes
The Discovery Institute offers several pre-college programs that strengthen the academic preparation of students while they are still in high school and others that encourage college students to consider teaching careers. The Institute also provides opportunities for teachers to develop new teaching strategies. The programs are supported by the resources of the College and by grants from a variety of state, federal, and private institutions.
"Empowering Proactice Learning and Providing the Foundation for Lifelong Success"
Building 1A, Room 101
Coordinator, Thomas Brennan
Evening & Weekend Services is a unit within the operation of the Center for Advising and Academic Successs. It is the central administrative office of the College during evening and weekend hours and serves students, faculty, and staff by providing administrative and academic assistance; information about College programs, policies, and procedures; and other special services. Additionally, the Office advocates for those various evening and weekend student provisions and support services which are needed and during times which are convenient for this specialized population.
Center for Advising and Academic Success is an integral part of this operation. The College regularly schedules a wide choice of courses in the evening and on the weekend to accommodate those students in all of its degree programs who prefer to take classes at these times. Evening class sessions start at 6:30pm or later; and both Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon classes are available to help students with their course selection process. Over a period of time, evening and weekend students can fulfill general education requirements and complete degree requirements for a number of specific majors. Please check www.csi.cuny.ed/academicadvisement for our current schedule of operating hours.
Consistent with the college’s mission, it proudly supports the Adults Returning to the Classroom (ARC) Program. This program supports those adults who may be coming to college for the first time, or returning after a prolonged absence and offers personalized services from pre-admissions counseling through registration, and provides guidance and support as adult students make choices about their careers and education. Interested adults (those who are at least 25 years old) not yet admitted to the College should have an initial consultation with an admissions counselor: please call 718.982.2259 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently matriculated continuing students interested in this program should contact Thomas Brennan at 718.982.2155 or email@example.com.
Building 5N, Room 117
The College offers a special program called Freshman Integrated Resources, Support, and Teaching (FIRST) for new students who, upon entry, have passed the three CUNY Assessment Tests. Students enroll in a learning community of three or more courses, the majority of which satisfy the College's general education requirements. FIRST is designed to provide a student experience that assists in the transition from high school to college and that promotes a sense of belonging to the CSI community. Students develop peer friendships and build relationships with faculty and other key personnel who assist them in their academic pursuits. For more information, please call the FIRST Program Office at 718.982.4171.
Building 2A, Room 303
Vice President for Technology Systems, Michael Kress
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) advances and supports the use of information technology at the College. OIT administers 20 general purpose computer laboratories and over 30 specialized computing laboratories in conjunction with academic departments. Over 2,500 desktop computers are connected through a high-speed local area network running Windows XP or Windows 2000. This hardware configuration allows students, faculty, and staff full access to specialized software, the Internet, online library resources, and email.
Four open computer labs running Windows XP or Windows 2000 are equipped with the software that students need to do their assignments. Computer labs for students with disabilities include software like JAWS, Dragon, etc. as well as ADA-compliant furniture. In addition to the open labs, there are computers available in the lobbies of Building 1S, 2S, 3S, 4S, 5S, 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, and 5N, and systems are also located in the Cybercafe and the Campus Center. These stations allow students to use the Internet.
“CSI unplugged,” wireless access is via 802.1 b/g technology. The network can be accessed from any of the academic or administrative buildings. The College of Staten Island's Data network spans 19 buildings and provides access for all campus staff, faculty, and students, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wireless Hotspots are designed to expand service to users with laptops or PDAs equipped for wireless networking. With Hotspots, wireless computers have high-speed access to the Internet and College Web Services.
The OIT home page is: www.csi.cuny.edu/technologysystems.
Library (1L), Room 117
Director, Linda Sharib
The Office of Academic Support (OAS) offers a variety of programs to enhance the academic preparation of all CSI students. The Immersion Program provides intensive reading, writing, and mathematics workshops for students who have not passed one or more of the assessment tests. The Preparation for Academic Success Program (PASS), an initiative presented in collaboration with the Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center, offers intensive reading, writing, and mathematics instruction to students needing to pass the three CUNY Assessment Tests. The Pre-Test Preparation workshops provide important CUNY Assessment Test preparation for students, enabling them to become familiar with the testing formats and to experience practice tests, thereby increasing their chances for success on the tests. Furthermore, OAS houses CSI’s multi-disciplinary tutoring lab and also coordinates the ten campus tutoring centers.
Building 6S, home of the Department of Biology, the Department of Chemistry, the Center for Environmental Science, and the Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities, contains 74 state-of-the-art laboratories for study and research. The ten departmental buildings in the academic quadrangles house instructional, tutorial, and research laboratories, and personal computer classrooms.
Library 1L, Room 109
Chief Librarian, Professor Wilma L. Jones
The Library is the focal point of the South Academic Quadrangle. The building, with its distinctive rotunda, is the home to five central services: a study center for the campus community; a broad collection of books and journals in the liberal arts and sciences; computer facilities, online services, and databases that serve as points-of-access to informational resources beyond the walls of the Library; an instructional facility for the teaching of information retrieval and information literacy; an Archives and Special Collections unit; and media distribution services in support of instruction.
One hundred and seventy-five computer workstations for student use are available throughout the building. The general reference area is located on the first floor, as is the faculty Center for Excellence in Learning Technology. The second floor leads to the elegant archives facility, the distance-learning center, the document center, the Library instruction facility, and the Media Services unit. The circulating book collection and the print journal holdings are housed on the third floor.
Hours of Service:
Hours of service during summer session, intersession, and holidays are posted at the Library entrance and on the Library homepage, www.library.csi.cuny.edu.
Borrowing Privileges: Students and faculty from CSI and other CUNY colleges must present current ID cards in order to borrow books. Students and faculty may obtain ID cards from the College Office of Public Safety. Overdue books, lost books, or unpaid fines may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.
The Collection: The holdings include 245,000 bound volumes of books, 143 online databases (of which more than 50,000 are full text), 155,000 e-books, 215 print journal subscriptions, 53,000 e-journals 3,500 films and videos, 5,000 sound recordings, and 1,300 linear feet of archival materials.
The Online Catalog: The CSI Library is a member of the CUNY-wide integrated library system. Access to CUNY+, the online union catalog portion of the system, is available throughout the campus as well as from offsite.
Reference librarians provide service at the General Reference Desk on the first floor at all times when the Library is open. The Library instruction service includes orientation tours, open workshops, presentations to classes by reference specialists in connection with specific course assignments, and the compilation of bibliographic aids.
Library (1L), Room 201
Director: Mark Lewental
Media Services provides viewing and listening facilities and classroom services for its collections of videotapes, DVDs, slides, audiotapes, and recordings. The Media Distribution System provides access to the media collections via fiber-optic technology, connecting over 40 classrooms, laboratories, and conference rooms. Media Services operates the Videoconferencing Lab, a network of wireless laptops for use in the Library, and oversees the Center for Excellence in Learning Technology, which assists faculty in using technology to promote better learning.
Building 1A, Room 206
Director: Associate Professor Charles Liu
The William E. Macaulay Honors College of CUNY is designed for highly motivated and capable students who meet rigorous admissions criteria. During their first and second years at the College of Staten Island, Macaulay Honors College students enroll in a variety of innovative and challenging courses and develop with their faculty a cohesive intellectual community. In their third and fourth years, Macaulay Honors College students pursue their fields of study in a wide range of majors and specializations, and must meet the program’s criteria for graduation with honors. In addition to their academic work, Macaulay Honors College students must complete co-curricular requirements.
Please see the sections on Admissions and on Programs and Course Descriptions for details about the requirements and further information about the program.
Building 1A, Room 301
Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Ombudsperson is authorized to investigate student concerns and to make recommendations regarding the outcome of those investigations. The Ombudsperson, available to all students enrolled at the College, is a source of information about College policies and procedures and, in certain situations, will provide mediation and advocacy services. Students may be advised to visit other College offices to file official student concerns as well.
The Ombudsperson helps students to develop positive strategies to resolve problems and conflicts and acts as a neutral party to hear any type of student concern or dispute related to the College.
The Office deals with academic matters such as grade appeals, accusations of cheating and plagiarism, faculty/student disputes, and non-academic matters such as billing disagreements, conduct issues, campus issues, and interpersonal conflict. This is not a comprehensive list, as it is understood that each individual may have concerns and needs that are unique.
Students can file an official complaint or put information “on the record” at the Office of the Ombudsperson.
Sponsored by the Center for Advising and Academic Success, The Pathfinder Program has been created to meet the unique needs of College of Staten Island students as they begin exploring majors and careers. This unique, three-part Career Exploration Workshop series allows students to discover those interests that will lead them towards a successful career. Our workshops will teach students about the career decision-making process, how to choose a major, and how to conduct relevant career research.
The final part of the Pathfinder Program provides students with the opportunity to make an appointment to meet with Career Coaches, who are specially trained advisors and counselors who can guide students toward making good career decisions. The Career Coaching program is the result of collaboration between the Career & Scholarship Center and the Center for Advising and Academic Success. Additional information about the program can be found at www.csi.cuny.edu/pathfinder.
The STEP program at the College of Staten Island (CSI) focuses on helping students to build self-esteem and develop positive behaviors toward learning. A Saturday enrichment and academic program, STEP services students from Staten Island and Brooklyn in grades 7 through 12 who demonstrate a career interest in the fields of science, engineering, technology or education. Through the program, students come to CSI and engage in science, computer math, communication arts, and PSAT and SAT prep with an interdisciplinary learning approach. The STEP program also encourages students to strive for good grades throughout their secondary school years so that they eventually have the experience to choose from a broader range of choices when pursuing a career.
Participation in the STEP program is free. The only cost is student commitment and parental involvement.
Building 1A, Room 104
Director, Alan Hoffner
The Testing Office tests in the following areas: the CUNY Assessment Tests in writing, reading, and mathematics; the departmental placement examination in Biology; the National League for Nursing (NLN) pre-admissions exam; and the test that enables students to earn college credits, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Building 5N, Room 113
Director, Dr. Charles Liu
Coordinator, Katie Geschwendt
The Verrazano School at CSI is a competitive, highly selective program for undergraduates at the College of Staten Island. Established in 2007, The Verrazano School offers students the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, academically motivated learning community while enjoying the benefits of a comprehensive public institution within The City University of New York. Outstanding faculty, a wide range of academic disciplines, and extensive student services are some of the resources available through The Verrazano School.
Information about the program and admission requirements can be found online at www.csi.cuny.edu/verrazanoschool or contact 718.982.4171.
Building 2N, Room 106
Coordinator, Associate Professor Ellen J. Goldner
The Bertha Harris Women’s Center promotes the education and personal growth of women students and the men who support their concerns. It encourages a confidential support network among students and faculty and serves as a conduit of information about counseling and other resources available to women both on campus and in the broader communities of Staten Island and New York City. The Bertha Harris Women’s Center raises awareness about issues important to women and encourages community service by CSI students at organizations that serve women on campus, on Staten Island, and in New York City. In response to needs and interests voiced by students each semester, The Women’s Center organizes student activities, panels, and speakers on a variety of topics and other events. Visit us in Building 2N, room 106 or on the Web at www.csi.cuny.edu/womenscenter.
Building 2S, Room 216
Director, Robert Brandt
The Writing Center is under the supervision of the Department of English. The Center provides assistance to students who need to enhance their reading and writing skills. Instructors from any discipline may refer students to The Writing Center, or students themselves may choose to visit it and make appointments to work with tutors. Tutors do not edit papers or do homework assignments for students, but help them to work on the skills they need to develop. The Writing Center serves students for whom English is a first or second language.