Centers & Institutes

The Centers and Institutes of Stanislaus State exist to advance the goals of the University and to enhance its programs of instruction, scholarship, and service. They provide a means for interdisciplinary collaboration and a method by which extramural funds and fees can be employed to supplement other resources. A description of the Centers and Institutes may be found below.

Centers & Institutes at Stanislaus State

College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Institute for Archaeological Research

The Institute for Archaeological Research strives to support and foster archaeological research and community engagement within California's Central Valley and beyond. The IAR's goals and objectives include the following: 1) To supply an interdisciplinary framework for the conduct of archaeological research and community engagement both within the region and abroad; 2) To provide undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to conduct archaeological research as part of curricular and co-curricular activities both within the region and abroad; and 3) To promote the active engagement of local communities with archaeological research, its results, its direction, and the preservation of cultural patrimony, both within the region and abroad.

Contact Dr. Ellen Bell

Institute for Cultural Resources

The purpose of the Institute for Cultural Resources (I.C.R) is to provide an interdisciplinary organizational framework for encouraging the study of the heritage of diverse cultural groups. The I.C.R. will organize collections of material culture representative of these groups and will aid in their utilization for teaching and research purposes.

Contact Richard Wallace

Center for Applied Spatial Analysis (CASA)

CASA offers geospatial consulting services to the campus and regional community. In this
capacity, it will also serve as a conduit for outreach to our larger regional community. CASA coordinates internships, facilitates grant development, and conducts ·projects in partnership with campus and community members. These projects are designed to improve student learning by providing applied experiential learning and professional development opportunities. Contact the Geography Department:

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Center for Economic Education

An understanding of economic principles is vital to people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, taxpayers and voters. The Center for Economic Education at California State University, Stanislaus is one of a network of centers throughout the country that are set up to improve economic education.

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Center for Public Policy Studies

The Center for Public Policy Studies at Stanislaus State is a non-profit, non-partisan entity dedicated to research and public education about important policy issues and to providing a forum for discussing public policy issues with community representatives, academics, and policy makers in the Stanislaus State service area. The center is committed to facilitating regional and community problem-solving through activities and research projects that bring together diverse constituencies and perspectives to clarify issues, consider options, and build consensus.

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College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work

Center for Portuguese Studies
(in collaboration with the College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

The Center for Portuguese Studies exists to promote the study of the Portuguese-speaking world: language, history, culture, and influence. The Center works to enrich the connections between the local Portuguese community and its cultural and linguistic heritage and to forge new connections between countries of the Portuguese-speaking world and California's Central Valley. The Center sponsors scholarship, exchanges, language programs, and cultural activities.

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College of Science

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center is an instructional facility established to teach university students about child development theory and applications, program design and evaluation, and research. Students from varied disciplines such as child development, communication studies, education, music, and psychology participate at the CDC each semester. By participating in laboratory courses, students learn to observe children and record their behaviors, assess children's development, plan and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities, and design and implement research projects. 

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