General Information

Academic Catalog 2016-2018 Disclaimer

Dominican University of California reserves the right to update and revise academic and administrative policies and procedures, tuition and fees, admissions and graduation requirements, or any other information described in this catalog without prior notification.

Every attempt has been made to ensure that this catalog is correct; however, the University does not guarantee absolute accuracy.

Academic Freedom

Dominican University of California is committed to the open analysis, discussion, and assessment of ideas and values. It supports the proposition that education involves both analysis and re-evaluation of accepted ideas, attitudes, and practices of the culture, with the aim of conserving the good, exploring new ways of thinking and acting, opening new vistas of knowledge, establishing a more profound art, and creating a more vital spirituality.

Dominican assumes that it is the responsibility of all faculty to uphold the purposes and aims of the University as stated in the University catalog.


Dominican University of California educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their lives.

Guided by its Catholic heritage, the University is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs.

Diversity Declaration

Dominican University of California declares that its commitment to diversity and the fulfillment of its educational mission is best achieved when every member of the University community upholds in thought, word, and deed:

"E Pluribus Unum; Ut Unum Sint* Two profound visions–our American civic tradition and our Catholic religious heritage–inform Dominican University of California’s commitment to the principle of pluralism and to the dream of a reconciled community. Faithful to these birthrights, Dominican seeks to nurture attitudes and behaviors that promote global awareness, inclusive sensibilities, and respect for the dignity of each individual regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, culture, political conviction, or disability–all in the light of the Truth that breathes forth love and in the hope of a common life that transforms the world."

* “Out of many, one; that all may be one”

Consistent with the above declaration and Dominican ideals, the University recommends that every member of the community support and express his or her active commitment to diversity utilizing the guiding principles stated below:

  • All members of the University community are collectively responsible for enabling and institutionalizing diversity throughout the University.
  • All members of the University community consider diversity constructively in all planning, policy, decision-making, procedural, academic and administrative operations throughout the University.
  • All members of the University community refuse to accept any behavior or action that is diversity-intolerant, insensitive, and/or discriminatory.
  • All members of the University community promote an on-campus environment that values equity and access of opportunity for all of its participants irrespective of background, nationality, culture, religion, class, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

Sustainability Coursework

As stated in its mission, “Dominican University of California is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs.” In 2011, Dominican adopted a definition of sustainability, as well as of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses, as follows:

Sustainability is broadly defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present and future generations while conserving the planet’s life support systems.

Sustainability-focused courses concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.

Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.

Course Learning Outcomes

In 2012, Dominican adopted seven sustainability course learning outcomes (CLOs):

  1. Understand the way in which sustainable thinking and decision-making contributes to the process of creating solutions for current and emerging social, environmental, and/ or economic crises.
  2. Develop a perspective in which students view themselves as embedded in the fabric of an interconnected world.
  3. Synthesize understanding of social, economic, and environmental systems and reason holistically.
  4. Understand and be able to effectively communicate the concept of sustainability.
  5. Contribute practical solutions to real-world sustainability challenges.
  6. Develop technical skills or expertise necessary to implement sustainable solutions.
  7. Become aware of and explore the connections between their chosen course of study and sustainability.

Any sustainability-focused or sustainability-related course on campus adopts at least one of these CLOs and includes it/them in the syllabus.

Courses with a Sustainability Component

Key to Abbreviations:

SF = Sustainability Focus SR = Sustainability Related

As of January 2013:

Course Code Course Name SF SR
ART 1041 Beginning Ceramics X
ART 3119 Art Fundamentals X
ARTH 3822 Art in Focus: Indigenous Art of Bay Area X
BIO 1000/BIO 1005 Organismal Biology/Lab X
BIO 1400/BIO 1405 Biological Foundations/Lab X
BIO 1550 Nutrition X
BIO 2900/BI 2905 Ecology & Evolution/Lab X
BIO 3150/BIO 3155 Invertebrate Biology/Lab X
BIO 3500 Field Biology X
BIO 3505 International Field Biology X
BIO 4220/BIO 4225 Medical Parasitology/Lab X
BIO 4310/BIO 4315 Advanced Ecology/Lab X
BIO 4610/BIO 4615 Bio Data Analysis/Lab X
BIO 4990 Bio Research Methodology II X
BIO 4991 Bio Research Methodology III X
BIO 4993 Bio Research Methodology IV X
BUS 2009 Exploring World of Business: Building Your Business Career Foundation II X
BUS 3008 Exploring the World of Business: Developing Your Business Career Network I X
BUS 3009 Exploring the World of Business: Developing Your Business Career Network II X
BUS 3016 Sustainability Driven Business Innovation X
BUS 4009 Exploring World of Business: Becoming a Globally Responsive Business Professional II X
BUS 4019 Green and Social Marketing X
BUS 4041 International Accounting and Global Social Reporting X
BUS 4080 Socially and Environmentally Responsible Management X
BUS 4165 Leadership & Change Management (ADCP program) X
BUS 4406 Corporate & Social Responsibility, Law & Ethics (ADCP program) X
BUS 4407 Supply Chain Management and IT (ADCP program) X
BUS 4412 Sustainable Development: Driver for Innovation (ADCP program) X
BUS 4980 Strategic Management X
CHEM 2990 Chemistry Research Methodology I X
CHEM 4990/CHEM 4991 Chemistry Research Methodology II, III X
CHEM 4993 Chemistry Research Methodology IV X
CLQ 3020 HO/CS: Sense of Place X
CLQ 3111 C1/PH: Interconnection in Information Age X
CLQ 3120 C2/HI: California Golden dream X
CLQ 3121 C2/BI: Natural History of California X
CLQ 3190 C9/PH: Environmental Preservation to Eco-Justice X
CLQ 3191 C9/AR: Environment Community-based Art X
CLQ 3210 C11/PH: Hunger for Meaning: Philosophy X
CLQ 3211 C11/HS: Eating Equitably: Nutrition X
CLQ 3241 C14/BU: Indigenous People & Sustainable Economic Development X
CLQ 3250 C15/PH: Individual & Global Health Philosophies X
CLQ 3251 C15/CS: Cultural & Spiritual Health X
CLQ 3270 C17/AH: History of Garden & Landscape Design X
CLQ 3271 C17/EN: Literature of Nature X
CLQ 3300 C20.CS: Classics of U.S. Environmental Movement X
CLQ 3301 C20/EN: Writing Green Literature X
CLQ 3310 C21/AR: Art for Awareness/Action/Outreach X
CLQ 3311 C21/AH: Artist as Catalyst for Change X
CMS 1850 Documentary Production X
CMS 3201 Environmental Communications X
CMS 3202 Environmental Advocacy X
CMS 3203 Effective Environmental Campaigns X
CMS 3250 Environmental Documentary Production X
CMS 3605 Communicating Across Cultures X
CMS 3850 Documentary Production X
CP 5219 Human Diversity X
EDUC 5910 Leadership & Change in Education X
EDUC 5920 Cultural Pluralism in Education X
ENGL 1004 Expository Writing X
ENGL 3200 Advanced Writing and Research X
ENSC 2000/ENSC 2005 Environmental Sciences/Lab X
ENSC 2100/ENSC 2105 Birds & the Environment/Lab X
ENSC 2999 Independent Study: Environmental Science X
ENSC 3000/3005 Environmental Chemistry/Lab X
ENSC 3100 Environment Field Studies X
ENSC 3300/ENSC 3305 Advanced Environmental Science/Lab X
ENSC 4000/ENSC 4005 Conservation Biology/Lab X
ENSC 4100/ENSC 4105 Birds & the Environment/Lab X
ENSC 4200/ENSC 4205 Marine Biology/Lab X
ENSC 4300/ENSC 4305 Toxicology/Lab X
ENSC 4800 Special Topics: Environmental Sciences X
ENSC 4994 Teaching Assistant: Environmental Sciences X
ENSC 4996 Internship: Environmental Sciences X
ENSC 4998 Directed Research: Environmental Sciences X
ENSC 4999 Independent Study: Environmental Sciences X
FYE 1000 Big History: Big Bang to the Present X
FYE 1400 Business & Trade through the Lens of Big History X
FYE 1510 Philosophy through the Lens of Big History X
FYE 1800 Health & Healing through the Lens of Big History X
HCS 1102 Cultural Anthropology X
HCS 1103 Problems in Contemporary Society X
HCS 3102 Cultural Anthropology X
HCS 3103 Problems in Contemporary Society X
HCS 3110 Place and Identity X
HCS 3140 Cultural Ecology X
HCS 3223 Bay Area Indigenous Histories X
HCS 3323 Bay Area Indigenous Histories X
HIST 1015/HIST 3015 African History and Culture X
HIST 3020 20th Century: Global Perspective X
HIST 3470 Imperialism & Colonization X
HIST 3623 Mexico: Aztecs to Present X
HIST 3631 Central America and the Caribbean X
HIST 3711 U.S. Environmental History X
HIST 3790 California X
HIST 3791 Southwest Borderlands X
HONO 2003 The World: Nature’s Fury X
HONO 2052 World and Science Interaction X
HONO 3200/HONO 3205 Aquatic Ecosystems: SF Bay Area/Lab X
HONO 3500 Self, Community, and Service X
HUM 5510 Wilderness & Eco-justice X
NURS 4150 Community Health & Nursing X
PH 2001 Foundations of Public Health X
PH 3100 Principles of Global Health X
PHIL 1108/PHIL 3108 Ethics X
PHIL 1110 Environmental Ethics X
PHIL 3103 Ethics, Leadership and Meaning X
PHIL 3110 Environmental Ethics X
PHIL 3520 Self, Community & Service X
PHSC 2200/PHSC 2205 Earth Science/Lab X
PHSC 4200/PHSC 4205 Advanced Earth Science/Lab X
PHSC 4300/PHSC 4305 Advanced Physical Geology/Lab X
POL 3220 Gender: Ethics & Politics X
POL 3300 State & Local Politics X
POL 3430 Politics of Environmentals Law X
POL 3440 International Law X
POL 3523 Globalization X
POL 3563 Politics of Developing Countries X
PSY 3003 Human Response to Natural Disaster X
PSY 3020 Environment and Behavior X
PSY 3167 Cross-Cultural Communication X
PSY 4003 Natural Disasters: Reaction to Risk X
PSY 4038 Ecopsychology X
RLGN 1055/RLGN 3155 Liberation Theologies and Social Justice X
RLGN 1058 Catholic Thought in Contemporary World X
RLGN 1059 Prophets, Psalms, and Social Justice X
RLGN 1070 The Spirituality of the Earth X
RLGN 1086 Catholic Social Teaching X
RLGN 3158 Catholic Thought in Contemporary World X
RLGN 3159 Prophets, Psalms, and Social Justice X
RLGN 3170 The Spirituality of the Earth X
WGS 2222 Gender Relations X
WGS 3222 Gender Relations X
WGS 3800 Toxic Bodies X

Programs Offered

Undergraduate Degrees (BA, BFA, BS and Related Minors)

Day Programs:

  • Art: Studio Art, Graphic Design
  • Art History
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business BA to MBA (4+1)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Communications and Media Studies
  • Dance
  • English, English with a Creative Writing Emphasis
  • Gender Studies (this major will be discontinued in 2017)
  • Global Public Health
  • Health Science/General (this major will be discontinued in 2018)
  • Health Science/Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • History
  • Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Studies - Teacher Preparation Programs
  • Music, Music with a Concentration in Performance
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health (this major will be discontinued in 2018)
  • Religion

Additional Minors

Day Programs:

  • American Studies
  • Arts Management
  • Community Action & Social Change
  • Comparative Literature
  • Ecology & Environmental Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Latin American Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Ministerial
  • Spanish Language
  • Sports Management

Undergraduate Certificate

  • Spanish Language Certificate

Additional Disciplines Offering Coursework

Day Programs:

  • Dominican Study Abroad (DSA)
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • International Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Sciences

Graduate Degrees (MA, MBA, MFA, MS)

Day and Evening Programs:

  • Biological Science
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Creative Writing
  • Education (MS) and Teaching Credential Programs
  • Healthcare Leadership (MBA, MS)
  • Humanities
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician’s Assistant Studies

Weekend Programs:

  • Business Administration

Adult Degree Completion Program Evening/Weekend Majors

  • Business Administration (not accepting admission applications in 2016-18)
  • Literary and Intercultural Studies
  • Management
  • Psychology

Adult Degree Completion Program Minors

  • English, English with a Creative Writing Emphasis
  • Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Psychology

Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Programs

Offered for Extension credit through the Barowsky School of Business:

  • Leadership

Offered for Extension credit as recognized by the California State Board of Registered Nursing through the Nursing department:

  • Internationally Educated Nurses

School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Our Mission

To educate students for a productive life in a diverse and changing world by fostering the resilience, creativity, and critical faculties essential to civic responsibility and professional success. More distinctively, we nurture ethical and aesthetic sensibilities, a spirit of inclusivity, and the quest for personal meaning and sound character so long associated with the fruits of a liberal education.

We Fulfill Our Mission By:

  • Offering majors and minors grounded in a strong liberal arts core and cultivating the intellectual skills and knowledge required for success in the professional world
  • Embracing the Dominican ideals of study, reflection, community, and service in an environment in which they can flourish
  • Providing opportunities for active, collaborative learning, and educational experiences that enrich the body, mind and soul within diverse communities of learners
  • Attracting increased levels of research support by encouraging faculty intellectual contributions that emphasize applied scholarship and creative work
  • Recognizing excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship as inseparable
  • Nurturing talent and encouraging personal achievement in both faculty and students
  • Serving as an educational and community resource for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, through music concerts, dance performances, art exhibitions, public lectures and conferences, national and international study and service trips, internships, community-based research projects, and service learning partnerships with schools and other non-profits

Barowsky School of Business

The Barowsky School of Business is committed to educating students to be socially responsible leaders of sustainable organizations that make a positive difference in the world. The School cultivates learners with a global perspective to lead sustainable organizations, incorporating the Dominican ideals of reflection, study, community, and service in support of social justice. We believe that sustainable organizations result from ethical and socially responsible leadership, ecologically sustainable entrepreneurship or business practices, and a global mindset.

At the undergraduate level, our Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BA) degree program underscores this commitment to building sustainable organizations by infusing ethical leadership, sustainability, and globalization throughout our curriculum. Our concentrations allow our students to pursue a degree of specialization that is consistent with their career interests. At the graduate level, the Barowsky School of Business offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program.

Small class size allows students to interact with their peers and faculty at an intensive level, providing many opportunities to interact with other students and faculty. Faculty emphasize academic rigor with real world relevance, placing a priority on strong teaching and providing opportunities for students to discuss their assignments and research.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to engage in conversation with their professors, guest speakers, and other members of the faculty. Students learn to think independently, work collaboratively, and develop leadership and citizenship skills that are grounded on an understanding and acceptance of the diverse world in which they live and work.

The Barowsky School of Business has highly respected programs. Graduates have excellent opportunities for pursuing careers or going on for additional graduate school studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  1. Business Knowledge Competency: Understand and apply significant facts, concepts, theories, and analytical methods in the core business areas of accounting, economics, finance, business law, management, marketing, and quantitative analysis
  2. Critical Thinking Competency: Conduct research and apply appropriate, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary analytic and decision-making skills, including statistical and mathematical technique, to identify and solve business problems
  3. Leadership Competency: Develop and enhance personal and professional development skills within a diverse business environment including leadership, team building, and collaboration
  4. Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility: Integrate ethics, corporate social responsibility, and environmental sustainability in decision-making
  5. Global Business Competency and Diversity: Incorporate the impact of globalization and diversity on business policy and practices
  6. Business Communications Competency: Develop effective oral and written communications skills
  7. Entrepreneurial and Innovation Competency: Explore creative and innovative ways to solve problems and create value in organizations

Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society

Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society recognizes and promotes scholarship and achievement among students of business, management, and administration. Its purpose is to promote personal and professional development, as well as to encourage “honorable service to humankind.” Sigma Beta Delta admits to membership students who are in the top 20% of their class. Juniors, Seniors, and MBA students who have completed at least 50% of their MBA program are eligible. In addition to these criteria, our chapter also requires a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

Institute for Leadership Studies

Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) is a leadership development center that incubates leadership learning ideas and actions. The Institute for Leadership Studies facilitates positive individual, organizational, and societal change. We believe engaged citizenship and socially responsible leadership are essential to effect such change. Our leadership development curriculum seeks to develop leaders, inspire constructive change, and organizational cultures through trusting relationships.

ILS serves as a partner to our campus and our community as we strive toward continuing to achieve our Dominican values of service and community based on knowledge and reflection. ILS partners with a variety of academic departments that offer leadership degrees, minors, and certificates. ILS is housed in the Barowsky School of Business, and serves the entire University, the Bay Area community, and beyond.


The Institute seeks to be nationally recognized as a premiere center for leadership development. It facilitates positive individual, organizational and societal change, engaged citizenship, and socially responsible leadership through research, education, and community services. It benefits business, government, non-profit organizations, and the Dominican community.


We help people become better leaders. ILS advances the study, teaching, and practice of effective, ethical leadership in our world.

Programming and Services

As a consortium of faculty and students, with business and community leaders committed to providing leadership development opportunities, the Institute serves as an incubator for leadership learning ideas and actions. It serves as one of the University’s portals to and from the community and business world to contribute expanding options for leadership practice, to facilitate constructive change in our society and its organizations. The programs and services offered are in four main areas: (1) leadership education and training, (2) leadership practice and community service, (3) Leadership Research Think Tank and consulting services and (4) public forums.

Research and Leadership Think Tank

  • Think Tank to advance leadership theory and practice
  • Faculty and student research
  • Research projects for business, government, and non-profit organizations
  • Leadership impact assessment and organizational analysis and intervention
  • Consulting services related to team building, executive coaching, meeting facilitation, and strategic planning

Leadership Education and Training

For Students:

  • Help in administering the undergraduate and graduate programs that include leadership courses in the curriculum and a minor in Leadership Studies: An 18-unit interdisciplinary minor is offered to undergraduate students.
  • Leadership Practicum through Consulting projects and Service Learning, embedded in select undergraduate and graduate business courses, offering students practical experience by cooperating in teams on current business and community projects. Over the course of one semester, Leadership Practicum students collaborate in teams on actual business-related projects. Students experience the importance of vision, the relationships with one’s partners and the ethical behaviors that promote leadership effectiveness across diverse contexts.
  • Graduate students in MA in Education and in MA in Humanities may focus their studies by taking an array of leadership courses.
  • Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute Leadership Training & Congressional Institute: Dominican has participated in the Panetta Institute student leadership programs.
    • Panetta Institute Leadership Seminar: The incoming President of Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU) attends a one week seminar at Panetta Institute housed at California State University Monterey Bay. Invitees are incoming student body presidents of 23 California State University campuses, Dominican University of California, and Santa Clara University.
    • Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program: Each year, through a competitive selection process led by the Department of Political Science and International Studies, one Dominican student leader is selected who is prepared and interested in serving our community, state and nation. The one-semester program begins with a two-week orientation at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay. Following the training and orientation, the Dominican student intern is placed at a congressional office in Washington, D.C., where the student will work for the Fall semester.
  • Global Ambassadors is an academic co-curricular program that supports international and domestic students interested in advancing knowledge and appreciation of world cultures and global affairs. The program’s mission is to promote international understanding and goodwill, while facilitating student’s leadership development.
    • Global Ambassadors also holds events on campus that build cultural awareness and exchanges that builds community among Dominican University of California campus members.
    • Global Ambassadors are trained as visiting Dominican ambassadors, to Marin County K-12 schools, sharing their cultures through presentations about their personal stories, and their country’s culture through such touchpoints as cultural norms, language, literature, art, music, history, geography, and visual and other artifacts, as well as their country’s perspectives on international issues.
    • The program offers Independent Study opportunities (BUS 3923 Leadership in Action) from 1-4 units.
    • Founded by the Institute for Leadership Studies, the program is a partnership with the Global Education Office.
  • LeaderShape Institute™ hosted each year at Dominican University of California: A 6-day Summer residential leadership educational program for undergraduate students aged 17 to 22. Named by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as an "exemplary program," The LeaderShape Institute™ is an intensive, energizing, educational experience designed to equip young adults to become extraordinary leaders.
  • LeaderShape Fellows: Graduates of the LeaderShape Institute™ who volunteer their time to work for positive change within the campus and larger community by challenging themselves and supporting each other to be pro-active leaders of change.
  • Leadership Host Ambassadors are student leaders who volunteer to greet guests and assist in the coordination of Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies lectures, forums and seminars. The Leadership Host Ambassadors contribute their time primarily at the Leadership Lecture Series, featuring topics related to individual, organizational and/or social change inspired by effective leadership. Founded in 2003, the Series has gained a reputation as a premier series in Marin County and has opened Dominican’s doors to thousands of guests since its founding.
  • Rotaract International at Dominican University of California: Rotaract, a program of Rotary International, is comprised of a group of young professionals and students who are committed to making an impact in the community through service, non-profit collaboration, and networking events. Rotaract fosters leadership and responsibility, encourages high ethical standards and promotes diversity, international understanding, and peace.
  • Student Leadership Academy: Co-curricular training program offering Dominican students opportunities to learn and practice their leadership skills through formal training workshops, leadership practicum in businesses, government and community organizations.
  • Toastmasters: Dominican Toastmasters is the on-campus site of a worldwide network of organizations, aiming to improve how we communicate with others. It is open to both Dominican students and the surrounding community. Dominican Toastmasters strive for better communication and better opportunities.
  • Business Bakers Association
    • American Association of University Women is a worldwide community that empowers women by advocating for their rights, researching and reducing social barriers, and delivering programs that give them the confidence and skills to succeed. Men are welcomed to participate.
    • Business Bakers Association is a community building club that convenes to talk about world events while baking delicious treats for the Barowsky School of Business and university campus community. The club is primarily comprised of Barowsky School of Business students, faculty, staff, and alumni; however students from any major are welcome to join and participate.
  • Team Sailing teaches the skills of teamwork through practice of sailing on San Francisco Bay as two people alternate leading and following while sailing a small boat. Graduates may qualify to be an assistant instructor or camp counselor.

For Professionals:

  • Executive Education and Consulting Services, in the Institute for Leadership Studies at the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business has developed an ROI-approach to leadership development. The executive education is practical and research-derived. Businesses and organizations are much like individuals—those that constantly add new skills, hone existing competencies and boldly adapt to new market realities, are the ones that succeed. Whether you are an independent professional seeking to enhance your skills, a business owner or executive with entire teams to train, or you need an honest, accurate assessment of your organization’s strategy and practices, Dominican’s Barowsky School of Business offers Executive Education and Consulting Services to be your go-to partner.
  • The Making of Leaders™ Leadership Certificate helps promising team leaders become effective strategists, communicators, and leaders. Each of the Leadership Certificate’s nine one-day sessions focuses on a different leadership skill and includes hands-on learning techniques and measurable outcomes. The Leadership Certificate includes a capstone project called “Project Leadership,” in which participants design and implement a plan to address a strategic business need of their organizations. The program is designed for:
    • High-potential performers being groomed for advancement
    • Managers and directors seeking to expand their authority
    • Technical specialists seeking to increase their organizational impact
    • Entrepreneurs seeking to inspire their organizations to achieve goals
  • Professional Selling Skills Program is a three-day highly interactive and practice intensive program for professionals with technical knowledge and skills who seek to achieve successful sales of complex services or products to deliver substantive value to the customer. The program focuses on communication techniques used by the top 10 percent of salespeople as well as empathetic listening and questioning skills necessary to build authentic and lasting relationships with your customers. The program features hands-on training in the five core sales interaction skills:
    • Empathetic listening
    • Needs-oriented questioning
    • Opportunity identification
    • Trust building
    • Solution framing
  • Performance Coaching is a four day program focused on how to manage team and individuals, finding the intersections between employee and company success. Our Performance Coaching course involves skill building to truly know one’s employees and demonstrate one’s commitment to them in a way that builds trust and enhances performance. This new model of performance management focuses on coaching rather than evaluation. Maximizing the performance of the teams and individuals requires knowledge, trust and commitment to their development.
  • Fundamentals of Successful Project Management is a three-day workshop focused on developing skills and processes needed to effectively define, plan and manage projects for project managers and senior team members. At the conclusion of the workshop participants will:
    • Understand concepts, skills and techniques needed to define, plan and manage projects
    • Have applied these skills and techniques to case study projects and situations in class
    • Possess improved project and task definition and estimation skills
    • Know tracking mechanisms to improve management and status reporting
    • Share a common project management language with their peers
    • Be better prepared to define, plan and manage projects in the real world
  • Design Your Own— Custom Programs includes anything from tailor, on-site versions of our leadership, sales and coaching programs, to special courses and seminars developed exclusively for Barowsky School of Business client businesses.
  • Consulting Services can help evaluate a business’ market, people and corporate culture, and devise actionable plans for addressing the organization’s most pressing business needs and seizing promising opportunities. Addressing rapidly changing markets requires purpose, clarity and discipline. Improve organizational performance in a three-step process: Right Focus. Right Talent. Right Motivation.
    • Right Focus: Make choices based on competitors’ and customers’ reactions to your product and service offerings.
    • Right Talent: Transform talent to be a competitive advantage to executing your mission.
    • Right Motivation: Create a culture of performance management that drives individuals’ efforts. By ensuring your culture is a mix of self-motivation and guided risk taking, where individuals can find passion in their responsibilities, the organization will then be able to leverage the right focus and the right talent.
  • Business Edge Briefings Series offers breakfast and evening forums for business owners and organizational leaders that highlight cutting edge business strategies and techniques for businesses to be resilient and competitive in the domestic and global business environments. The briefings’ goals are to ignite innovation, inspire creativity, and increase profits and productivity. The Business Edge is a partnership between the North Bay Leadership Council and Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies and the Barowsky School of Business.

Leadership Practice and Community Service

  • Leadership Practicum, consulting and Service Learning: Partnering with business, government, and community organizations conducting service learning projects to provide leadership and teamwork, practice opportunities and also advance socially responsible and effective leadership and team behaviors.
  • Marin Chapter of the World Affairs Council (WAC) partners with the Institute for Leadership Studies, and the Department of Political Science and International Studies offering a series of monthly programs on the Dominican University of California campus, in the Creekside or Shield Room. Each month, from August through June, WAC presents a lecture on a specific world issue, such as War in Iraq, Energy Crisis, or Palestine/Israeli conflict.
  • Leadership Learning Lab (L3) offers leadership effectiveness assessments, consulting and coaching services to leaders and their organizations. The L3 provides MBA students with a living laboratory for the study and practice of leadership development, while serving as a community consulting service to leaders of Bay Area organizations. Leaders of Bay Area businesses and non-profit and government organizations volunteer to serve as clients of Dominican’s students in the MBA, offering students with leadership development consulting practice using a 360-degree feedback model.

Public Forums

  • Leadership Lecture Series: Each semester, the Institute hosts public forums that actively engage the community in socially relevant discussions and calls to action. Dominican’s popular Leadership Lecture Series in partnership with Book Passage, features lectures on topics related to individual, organizational and/or social change inspired by effective leadership. These events are primarily in the Fall and Spring on a variety of leadership topics across multiple discipline areas and organizational sectors. The events are an opportunity to welcome our neighbors and friends to join our faculty and students as we learn of ideas and actions of leadership by individuals seeking to promote constructive change in our world and its organizations.
  • Marin Women’s Commission Partnership with Dominican is guided by the mutual commitment that women’s leadership effectively impacts systems’ change so that women of all ages are empowered, educated and engaged in the community.

The Institute is led by a professor in the Barowsky School of Business and is supported by an advisory council of faculty and deans representing a variety of academic disciplines, student development leadership and community leaders from private, independent, and government organizations.

To access our website go to,, email (; or call events line at 415-485-3202.

School of Education and Counseling Psychology


The School of Education and Counseling Psychology develops professionals committed to equity and excellence. Graduates are reflective practitioners who demonstrate ethical purpose, apply best practices, and use intercultural knowledge to serve the needs of a diverse and global society.


The School of Education and Counseling Psychology is a dynamic place to work and learn. In an increasingly diverse society, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology utilizes 21st century technology to meet the needs of all students and clients. It is known for providing excellent undergraduate and graduate education, community engagement, and professional development. It is recognized for preparing highly qualified educators and counselors, and respected for its innovative curriculum.

Core Values

The core values of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology are an extension of the Dominican Core Values of study, reflection, community, and service.

  • Study: The School creates a passion for inquiry and knowledge requiring intellectual rigor, academic excellence, and openness to divergent perspectives.
  • Reflection: The School participates in a process of self-knowledge through contemplation to achieve insight, to expand awareness, and to problem-solve.
  • Community: The School is a collaborative learning community that develops partnerships locally and globally for the purpose of being inclusive and demonstrating respect for all in an interdependent world.
  • Service: The School engages in local and international educational activities that support human rights and lead to social justice.

Department of Education

The Department of Education develops educators committed to equity and excellence. Graduates are reflective professionals who demonstrate ethical purpose, apply best practices, and use intercultural knowledge to serve the needs of a diverse and global society.

Department of Education graduates are student-centered teachers who use a wide variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of California's diverse school-age population. Beyond the acquisition of basic instructional skills and knowledge, we expect our graduates to play an active role in making a positive difference in their students' lives.

At the undergraduate level the Liberal Studies/Teacher Education Program is designed for students who want to complete a program of study that leads to both an undergraduate degree and a multiple subject teaching credential in four years. The Dual Degree/Dual Credential program is also offered at the undergraduate level. Completion of this program leads to both a BA in Liberal Studies and MS in Education degree as well as a Preliminary Multiple Subject and Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate credential.

At the graduate level, post baccalaureate candidates may earn a multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist mild/moderate credential. Candidates interested in combining coursework to earn both an education specialist and either multiple or single subject credentials may pursue a dual credential. All programs culminate in a Master of Science in Education degree with the completion of additional units.

Department of Counseling Psychology

The School of Education and Counseling Psychology develops professionals committed to equity and excellence. Graduates are reflective practitioners who demonstrate ethical purpose, apply best practices, and use intercultural knowledge to serve the needs of a diverse and global society.

The Department of Counseling Psychology at Dominican offers professional training leading to the degree of Master of Science (MS) in Counseling Psychology. Those wishing to apply for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists are required to take the concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).

School of Health and Natural Sciences


The School of Health and Natural Sciences prepares students for careers in diverse fields, for personal growth, and for life in an ever changing, technologically advanced world. The School is committed to the cultivation of intellectual curiosity, individual integrity, mutual respect, and civic responsibility.

The School fulfills its mission by:

  • Offering high quality programs that prepare students for entrance into or enhancement of careers in the health and natural sciences
  • Maintaining standards for teaching and learning that support personal and intellectual growth
  • Engaging students in a culture of critical thinking and scholarly inquiry
  • Emphasizing the connections between scientific knowledge and professional practice and knowledge of the liberal arts
  • Providing experiences that enhance multicultural understanding, global awareness, and environmental responsibility

Core Values

The core values intrinsic to the mission of the School of Health and Natural Sciences are:

  • Intellectual Curiosity: A passion for learning
  • Individual Integrity: Adherence to a personal and professional code of ethics
  • Mutual Respect: Consideration for the rights and ideas of others
  • Civic Responsibility: A sense of community membership and a desire for the well-being of the global society


Students in the School of Health and Natural Sciences are engaged in distinctive and innovative programs of study that integrate both traditional and emerging fields of knowledge within a global context. Guided by expert faculty mentors, graduates excel at scholarship, professional practice, and community participation. All academic programs are recognized as meeting or exceeding national standards; enrollment is selective, and graduation rates are high. The School is well supported by tuition revenue, a growing endowment, and external funding.

Summer Sessions

Dominican University welcomes enrollment in Summer programs by:

  • All current and prospective Dominican University students
  • Students attending other colleges or universities who wish to catch up on course requirements and electives
  • Persons of all ages seeking enrichment or exploring the option of returning to college
  • Senior citizens, alumni, and college-bound high school students

Summer Sessions offer accelerated day, evening, and weekend courses varying in the number of meetings and weeks. Undergraduate and Graduate courses are offered for semester academic credit. Summer Sessions can also be an ideal time for students to enrich academic studies, lessen regular course loads, and reduce the overall time spent in completing the degree. Summer also includes opportunities to engage in independent study, or to enroll for an internship, field placement, tutorial, or similar learning activity. Courses are offered on campus, online, and abroad.

Non-degree-seeking students enrolling in Summer Session courses need not be formally admitted to the University. Summer courses are offered in an intensive and abbreviated format that is shorter than the usual 16-week semester. Courses on campus are offered in 5-, 8-, or 10-week sessions and cover a range of subjects taught by renowned faculty in small classroom settings.

Please consult the Academic Calendar at for specific session dates and deadlines.

Academic Calendar

Fall Term Dates Session A

Activity Fall 2016 Fall 2017
Priority Registration for Fall 4/11 thru 4/14 4/10 thru 4/13
Classes Begin 8/22 8/21
Labor Day (Holiday—Campus Closed) 9/5 9/4
Last Day to Add Classes 9/6 9/5
Last Day to Drop without ‘W’ (100% Refund) 9/6 9/5
Fall Break Day (Academic Holiday—Campus Open) 10/21 10/21
Last Day to Drop with a ‘W’ 11/4 11/3
Thanksgiving Break (Academic Holiday—Campus Open) 11/23 11/22
Thanksgiving Break (Holiday—Campus Closed) 11/24 thru 11/25 11/23 thru 11/24
Last Day of Classes 12/2 12/1
Final Examinations 12/5 thru 12/6 12/5 thru 12/8
Grades Due 12/16 12/15

Spring Term Dates Session A

Activity Spring 2017 Spring 2018
Priority Registration for Spring 11/14 thru 11/17 11/13 thru 11/16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Holiday—Campus Closed) 1/16 1/15
Classes Begin 1/17 1/16
Last Day to Add Classes 1/130 1/29
Last Day to Drop without ‘W’ (100% Refund) 1/30 1/29
President’s Day (Holiday—Campus Closed) 2/20 2/19
Spring Break (Academic Holiday—Campus Open) 3/6 thru 3/10 3/5 thru 3/9
Spring Break Day (Holiday—Campus Closed) 3/10 3/9
Cesar Chavez Day (Holiday—Campus Closed) 3/31 TBD
Last Day to Drop with a ‘W’ 4/3 4/2
Good Friday (Holiday—Campus Closed) 4/14 3/30
Last Day of Classes 5/2 5/1
Final Examinations 5/4 thru 5/10 5/3 thru 5/9
Commencement 5/13 5/12
Grades Due 5/17 5/16

Summer Term Dates Session A1 (10 weeks)*

Activity Summer 2017 Summer 2018
Priority Registration for Summer 4/10 thru 4/13 4/16 thru 4/19
Classes Begin (Session A1) 5/22 5/21
Memorial Day (Holiday—Campus Closed) 5/29 5/28
Last Day to Add/Drop 5/30 5/29
Independence Day (Holiday—Campus Closed) 7/3 thru 7/4 TBD
Last Day of Classes 7/28 7/27
Grades Due 8/4 8/3

*See online calendar for additional Summer Term sessions within 10 week period.

Special Notes:

  • Academic years begin with the Fall Semester
  • Academic dates are subject to change
  • Academic Holidays = no classes, campus offices are open
  • Campus Holidays = no classes and campus offices are closed
  • To locate up-to-date academic dates, please consult the online Academic Calendars at