2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

This is an archived copy of the 2016-2017 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.callutheran.edu.

University Profile

Cal Lutheran is a selective, private liberal arts university based in Thousand Oaks with additional locations in Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Oxnard, Santa Maria and Berkeley. Its 225-acre main campus sits on land donated by Richard Pederson, a son of Norwegian immigrants. Founded in 1959 as California Lutheran College, it welcomed its first students in 1961 and won accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) during the first academic year. In 1986, the name was changed to California Lutheran University to better reflect the breadth of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Today, with an enrollment of 4,100 students, Cal Lutheran offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, credential and certificate programs through its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Psychology and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Members of the Cal Lutheran student body come from across the nation and around the world and represent a diversity of faiths and cultures. For more information, visit www.CalLutheran.edu.

Accreditations and Affiliations

Cal Lutheran is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 

The Graduate School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the University is authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to offer credentials.

The University is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Cal Lutheran’s program in Financial Planning has been registered with the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards Inc.

Cal Lutheran is also a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Cal Lutheran is one of 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

The University's intercollegiate athletic programs compete in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), NCAA Division III.

For information regarding WASC accreditation, contact:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510-748-9001
E-mail: wascsr@wascsenior.org

Technology and the Quest for Knowledge

Information Systems and Services (ISS) delivers and supports high quality research and information technology tools for the Cal Lutheran community. The myCLU portal provides a single gateway to many of the online resources available to students.

The University supports a mixed platform of Mac and PC computers in several labs on campus. In addition to open computer labs, Cal Lutheran provides wired and wireless network access to students free of charge through CLUnet. All residence halls are equipped with WiFi and wired network connections for student use.

CLUWnet provides wireless coverage to all buildings on campus and some outdoor areas. Students can connect their personal computer devices to the wireless network using their personal CLUnet account and password. The Help Desk offers support for CLUnet accounts including scheduling and trouble shooting for wired and wireless hookups.

Pearson Library is an integral part of ISS. The professional staff provides reference assistance as well as information literary instruction for undergraduate and graduate level courses. One-on-one appointments and virtual one-on-one assistance is available, as well as the usual walk-up research and technology usage assistance. Library reference services that include real-time chat service, e-mail reference, and SMS messaging and mobile initiatives provide students with access to information wherever they are, whenever they need it.

Items not available in the library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. The library’s online catalog, OCLC's WMS, provides access to library collections via the Internet, offers a powerful discovery and delivery tool, and student-initiated functions like self renewal of books and placing holds on print resources.

For detailed information on ISS and Pearson Library, visit www.callutheran.edu/iss.