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CSU Northridge: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:in late August.
Calendar system:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in August and January.
Number and length of summer sessions:Three summer sessions of six weeks each.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:Psychology, Sociology, Kinesiology
Majors with the lowest enrollment:French, linguistic studies
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:78%
Student:Faculty ratio:20:1
Total faculty:1,032 men, 1,035 women, 2,067 total
Full-time faculty:469 men, 468 women, 937 total
Part-time faculty:566 men, 564 women, 1,130 total
Graduation rate:50% within six years

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:not required for graduation

Programs Offered

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Special programs offered:student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:Many minors offered.
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications:elementary, secondary, special education, bilingual/bicultural
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Study abroad opportunities:Study abroad in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.
Army ROTC:offered off-campus at U of California--Los Angeles.
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:offered off-campus at U of California--Los Angeles.

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:​
  • Accountancy
  • African-American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Asian American Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Physics
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chicana/Chicano Studies
  • Child Development
  • Cinema/Television Arts
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management Technology
  • Deaf Studies
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health Science
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Languages/Cultures
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modern Jewish Studies
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Sector Management
  • Recreation
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Major
  • Theatre
  • Urban Studies/Planning
  • Women's Studies