New Concentrations, Minors and Programs

The following are new concentrations, minors, programs and certificates approved beginning in the Fall 2020 semester (unless otherwise noted). Everything listed below can be found in the University Catalog.


New Minor


Science, Culture and Society (College of Humanities and Social Sciences)

The minor in Science, Culture, and Society teaches students to think about what counts as scientific knowledge, and how science intervenes in the world. The courses in the minor use multiple disciplinary lenses, and include both historical and contemporary perspectives. For students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and business, the minor provides an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the role of science and technology in the world. For students in science, engineering, and the health sciences, the minor provides an opportunity to reflect critically on the impact and implications of their work.


New Undergraduate Concentrations


BS, Computer Science, Concentration in Cybersecurity

(Department of Computer Science: College of Engineering and Computer Science)

The program prepares computer science students for cybersecurity careers in both public and private sectors and covers the classical core domains of security (e.g., cryptography, network security, and physical security) as well as the emerging contemporary security issues (e.g., cloud security and malware analysis).


BS, Human Services, Concentration in Addiction Studies

(Department of Human Services: College of Health and Human Development)

The Addiction Studies Concentration focuses on the prevention, treatment and theoretical understanding needed to work with clients suffering from alcohol and other substance dependency and abuse.


BS, Human Services, Concentration in Elementary Education

(Department of Human Services: College of Health and Human Development)

The Elementary Education concentration is for students planning a career in teaching elementary school and includes the pre-requisite courses for the CSUF Multiple Subject Credential program. Those wishing to be eligible to apply for the Multiple Subject Credential program must complete EDEL 325 as part of the 18 units of concentration electives; in addition, also complete EDEL 325 (as one semester of field experience). Students wishing to declare the concentration but do not plan on applying to the Multiple Subject Credential program only need to complete 18 units of concentration electives.


BS, Human Services, Concentration in Mental Health

(Department of Human Services: College of Health and Human Development)

The Mental Health concentration focuses on the development skills and knowledge required in careers related to mental health, such as counseling, psychotherapy and clinical social work. Emphasis is given to the personal development of characteristics and qualities deemed essential for mental health professionals.


BS, Public Health, Concentration in Health Education and Promotion

(Department of Public Health College of Health and Human Development)

Students in the Health Education and Promotion concentration explores theories and trends in health behaviors of individuals and communities, and learn to apply socioecological-based strategies for health education/promotion program planning, implementation and evaluation, as well as develop and practice skills in critical thinking, problem solving and communication. In addition, a focus on vulnerable populations and cultural competency is emphasized in the coursework to reduce health disparities and promote social justice and health equity.


BS, Public Health, Concentration in Public Health Nutrition

(Department of Public Health College of Health and Human Development)

The concentration in Public Health Nutrition (PHN) focuses on applying nutrition concepts while integrating social context and structural factors to improve population health and reduce disease. Students will be trained to identify the social, cultural, economic, environmental, and structural factors that lead to nutrition-related health problems including undernutrition and overnutrition among diverse populations. Students will also learn to design, implement, and evaluate global, national, state, and local programs that can improve the nutritional status of the population as a whole and of vulnerable populations. Students are required to take nine concentration units and nine elective units. All elective units need to be 300- and 400-level courses. Six to nine elective units must be from the Department of Public Health list of electives, and up to three units of electives courses from other departments.


New Graduate Programs/Concentrations


MS, Engineering Management

The College of Engineering and Computer Science, in cooperation with the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, offers an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Engineering Management (MSEM). The degree is for working engineers and professionals who are in leadership or management positions, or who are planning to advance their careers into technical enterprises management. It will also benefit engineering or science graduates interested in assuming leadership positions in the industry.

The MS in Engineering Management will only be offered at the CSUF Irvine Center and will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester on Oct. 1.


MPA, Public Administration, Public Policy Concentration

This professional degree is designed to disseminate the knowledge and skills needed for efficient and effective public management. The program acquaints students with the theoretical and practical skills needed to improve the practice of public and nonprofit management. It also prepares one to cope with the ethical and moral dimensions of the contemporary policy maker. Career guidance, working experience and placement are important components of the program.


New Certificates


Certificate in Translation: Spanish to English/English to Spanish

The Certificate in Translation program provides students with training and skills in the theory and practice of translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. Recipients of the certificate will have demonstrated their knowledge and capabilities in the translation of cultural, commercial, financial, legal, literary, medical, political, scientific and technical texts.