MARCH 3, 2000

CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2138; pwright@csub.edu


CSUB introduces new graduate degree program

A new graduate degree has been introduced at California State University, Bakersfield. The master of arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue special interests or career goals that are not met by existing graduate programs.

According to Selina Ganopole, dean of graduate studies and research, "The program is expected to be a highly challenging academic program involving two or more disciplines that relate to a coherent theme. A program of this nature seeks to go beyond cursory knowledge of disciplines to a substantive inquiry that connects and synthesizes various perspectives. It is suitable for students who are self-motivated, able to clearly delineate the objectives of their studies, and have a background which will allow advanced study in the disciplines combined in the program."

The individualized degree program requires completion of a minimum of 45 quarter units, including a minimum of 35 units completed in graduate level courses. Students must apply for post-baccalaureate or graduate admission to the Office of Admissions and Records. Applicants should also contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for additional information and application materials.

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university, maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter units or upper division. Candidates must win approval of a plan of study and a three-member faculty advisory committee will oversee the student's program of study and advise about appropriate courses.

For more information about the program, call the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 661/664-2231.