Special Academic Programs


The University Library provides information services to students, faculty, staff and patrons throughout the city and region.

Library faculty and staff assist patrons in learning how to find and utilize books, periodicals, internet sources, audiovisual materials, and government documents through instruction for individuals, small groups or formal classes. Staff also prepare subject bibliographies for classes and arrange interlibrary loans. 

Approximately 200,000 volumes are available, as well as more than 1,300 periodical titles. The library’s website provides access to over 75 online databases with reference information and journal articles, as well as web-based tutorials and help guides.

The University Library is a designated selective depository for U.S. Government documents. Special collections include the papers of Vincent Massari, former state senator; the Alva Adams family papers; Tobie Hopkins Black Literature; the Ralph Taylor Southwest collection, and the Edward O’Brien Western collection.


The University studies Program offers students opportunities to take courses in areas generally not available through the university’s departmental structures. These include such interdisciplinary programs as the President’s Leadership Program and the Interdisciplinary Honors Program as well as individual courses that will contribute to the student’s university education but are not available through other departments or programs. 


Interim Director: Anthony Sissom
Academic Director: Patricia Orman

The Colorado State University-Pueblo President’s Leadership Program (PLP) is a four-year, competitive, cohort-based, multidisciplinary program with a strong experiential emphasis that leads to a minor in Leadership Studies. The curriculum includes a core of four three-credit-hour courses and six credit hours of approved elective courses selected from leadership courses offered on campus.

The vision of the President’s Leadership Program is to create multi-culturally competent transformational leaders who will serve the communities in which they live and work. Crucial to the development of participants’ leadership skills and practices are the acquisition of intercultural competence, social consciousness and civic responsibility, as well as ethical and altruistic attitudes and behaviors.

President’s Leadership Program Goals

To provide a sequence of courses and professional placements centered in the concept of transformational leadership.

To offer challenging experiential opportunities for students in diverse leadership settings.

To showcase individual student interests and goals through mentorship, personal development strategies, and internship placements.

Requirements for Leadership Studies Minor

Program participants will receive the President’s Leadership Scholarship, $2000 per academic year ($1,000 per fall and spring semester), for a maximum of four years. This scholarship program is currently underwritten by the El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs and by other organizations in the community. Recipients must remain in good academic standing within the program in order to renew the scholarship. Program participants must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 within the minor in order to remain in good academic standing. Program participants are expected to be involved in extra-curricular activities on campus and in the community, and must adhere to the PLP Standards and Expectations.

Program Admissions

All program participants must meet the minimum program admission requirements, and must submit all of the components of the application portfolio. Applicants will be interviewed by members of the PLP Advisory Council as part of the selection process.

Admissions Criteria

Students must be admitted to Colorado State University-Pueblo. Applicants to the President’s Leadership Program must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and community service experience. Each of these factors will be weighted equally in the selection process.

Application Process

In addition to meeting the minimum academic requirements for admission to the President’s Leadership Program, students must submit a portfolio that includes the following:

President’s Leadership Program Application Form (available online).

Applicant’s resume (including personal objectives, education, work experience, school and community leadership experiences, honors and awards, reference names of three professionals).

A 2-3 page essay on leadership.

Three letters of recommendation from professionals (teachers, principals, pastors, employers, etc.).

A copy of official transcript for most recent coursework completed.

Other supporting documentation of leadership (newspaper articles, newsletter clippings, etc.,). 


Application materials must be received in the CSU-Pueblo Office of Admissions by the close of business on February 1 of each year. Interviews with the members of the PLP Advisory Council will be scheduled during March and April of each year.

Leadership Studies Minor
( Prerequisite: Acceptance into President’s Leadership Program)





US 160

Introduction to Leadership


US 260

Leadership in Service Organizations


US 360

Working with Experienced Leaders


US 460

Applied Leadership


Approved Electives (minimum)




Students may choose from the following electives to complete the minor in Leadership Studies. Students are encouraged to diversify their selections and avoid taking eight hours in one disciplinary area. Special topics courses related to leadership may also be approved on a case by case basis. Course descriptions for these classes are included in the 2004-2005 CSU-Pueblo catalog. Other courses may be approved; students should check with the academic advisor for a current roster of specific additions. (In some cases, prerequisites or permission of instructor may be required for enrollment. See course description section of catalog for prerequisites.)







Business Communications




Ethical Issues and the Legal
Environment of Business




Non-Profit Orgs & Communication




Principles of Management




Organizational Behavior




Classics in Ethics




The American Presidency




Theories of Personality




Organizational and Administrative Psychology




Social Psychology




Systems of Counseling and




Outdoor Leadership I




Leadership and Ethics




Outdoor Leadership II




Organization Theory


The President’s Leadership Program staff recommends at least one course focusing on the issues of diversity, either as a general education offering or as it relates to leadership, to prepare students for leadership in a multicultural world. Considering the benefits of a multidisciplinary education, students should select electives from more than one disciplinary area.


The university honors program provides intellectually invigorating challenges for academically talented students. In personalized, interdisciplinary seminars, students explore the arts, natural and applied sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. “Graduation with honors” is a significant designation for students applying to graduate or professional schools, or seeking employment. To graduate with Honors designation the student must complete 12 credit hours that consist of four consecutive semesters beginning with the fall of the sophomore year. Please contact the interim honors’ director in the Office of the Provost for more information.


The University makes available a broad array of credit and non-credit courses, seminars and workshops through the Division of Continuing Education. Some programs are offered on campus and others at off-campus sites more convenient to persons living outside of Pueblo.

Off-campus instruction sites include Colorado Springs Citadel Center, Peterson Air Force Base, the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, community college campuses throughout central and southeastern Colorado, and on-site at many local businesses.

Both degree- and non-degree seeking students may participate in Continuing Education programs. (Only degree-seeking students are eligible for financial aid.) Persons desiring classification as degree-seeking students in the External Degree Completion Program must apply for admission to the university. Credit courses taken through the Colorado State University-Pueblo Continuing Education program have the same credit value as those conducted on campus and may be used in meeting the institutional residency requirement.

A primary aim of the Division of Continuing Education is to provide courses to part-time students. A variety of educational methods - classroom instruction, correspondence courses, on-line courses, conferences, workshops and seminars - are utilized to expand educational access and meet the needs of students at convenient times and settings. Students may earn academic credit toward a degree, study for career advancement, or pursue cultural and a vocational interests.

Continuing education courses are of varied lengths. Intensive classes usually are held in the evening or on weekends for the convenience of working students. Although the majority of course offerings are initiated by the university, courses may originate through requests by individuals and interested groups. Such special request courses may take place either on or off campus.

The division also administers the Senior to Sophomore program in the public schools. The program enrolls eligible high school students in dual-credit courses which are delivered by part-time university faculty on the high school campus.

In-house training programs are available to meet the ever-changing needs of business and industry. The programs can be designed to meet the specific needs of an organization and may be presented at the company site or, if requested, at the university. Similar services are available to school districts.

For more information contact the director of the Division of Continuing Education: phone 1-800-388-6164, or at the university’s website.


The Center for International Programs (CIP) is responsible for the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of international students at CSU-Pueblo. Some of the services provided are: housing placement, airport pick-up, student orientations, cultural activities, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) advising, assistance with academic concerns, and English tutorial services. All services are free of charge.

CIP staff maintains an open door policy, ensuring that every international student has an opportunity to be heard and helped when needed. Typically, there are at least 40 countries represented during any given semester. Student academic success within the entire international population is our primary goal.

  • Orientation: All new international students to CSU-Pueblo are required to participate in a two-day mandatory orientation upon arrival. During orientation, new students will be administered English and math placement exams. Results will indicate registration into the appropriate course(s) and do not interfere with admission to the university.

  • Activities: International students are encouraged to participate in all activities offered by CSU-Pueblo. In addition, the CIP hosts individual events throughout the academic year. Annual events include the International Kite Fly, welcome and graduation parties, the International Extravaganza, holiday celebrations and field trips.

  • Sports: International students are encouraged to participate in intramural sports offered at CSU-Pueblo. In addition, the CIP supports and organizes informal soccer, tennis, ping-pong and bowling teams. 

The CIP is also the origination point for those CSU-Pueblo students interested in Study Abroad and Student Exchange Programs. Such opportunities allow CSU-Pueblo students to study in accredited universities throughout the world.


Colorado State University-Pueblo values the benefit of an education that includes international experiences. Consequently, the university encourages students with second language proficiency, when appropriate, to enroll in our CSU-Pueblo Study Abroad Programs. Students wishing to increase their cultural awareness, second language proficiency or competency in subjects offered in international settings, are encouraged to contact the Center for International Programs. Study abroad opportunities for CSU-Pueblo students are presently available in accredited universities in: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Thailand.

For more information call (719) 549-2329, e-mail: intprog@colostate-pueblo.edu  or visit the CIP website at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/internationalprograms or contact any of the professional office staff personally in Administration Building, Room 103A.


Writing Room

The Writing Room is a free service and provides students, staff, and faculty an inviting atmosphere to receive advice and positive feedback on any type of writing from research papers, letters, and writing assignments to poetry and fiction. Visit us in Psychology 232, online at www.colostate-pueblo.edu/owl/, or call us at (719) 549-2901.

Academic Improvement Program

This program helps students on academic probation develop an individualized plan for improving their academic standing. Contact us in Psychology 236 or call (719) 549-2584.

Disability Resource Office

The Disability Resource Office provides support and reasonable academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. We are located in Psychology 236 or call (719) 549-2584.

Student Success Program

This program provides services that will assist first-year students with their transition to CSU-Pueblo, introduce them to campus services that will support their educational and personal goals, and help students develop an individualized plan for academic success. See us in Psychology 232 or call (719) 549-2581.

New Student Orientation

To welcome new students, Student Academic Services (SAS) implements a year-round orientation program for new first-year students and for their parents and family members. Sessions are offered throughout the summer and at the beginning of each semester. Students will meet key academic and administrative personnel, learn about university policies, get familiar with student life, receive academic advising, and register early for classes. See us in Psychology 232 or call (719) 549-2581.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is one of several programs provided by Student Academic Services. The Academic Advising program serves as the primary advisors for all undecided students. We not only help students understand the advising and registration process, we also help students chart their academic journey until they declare an academic major. We provide students with assessment tools to help them identify interest if they are not sure what major to select. Stop by and see us in the Psychology Building, Suite 232, or give us a call at (719) 549-2581.


The Colorado State University-Pueblo Career Center is located on the main floor of the Occhiato University Center. The Career Center offers employment services to current students and alumni from the university.

The Career Center assists students with professional employment, career planning and career coaching. This includes: Résumé and Cover Letter development, Interviewing skills, how to search and apply for internships, and strategies on how to conduct a self-directed job search. 

The Career Center receives and posts full and part-time employment opportunities and internships on a regular basis. Resource information such as salary surveys, job choices magazines and reference materials are also available.

The Career Center also coordinates all on-campus recruiting by employers and coordinates the annual Graduate School Fair and Career and Education Fairs.

For further information about programs and services offered by the Career Center, contact a staff member at (719) 549-2980 or visit our website at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/careercenter/.

Cooperative education provides an educational plan in which periods of study and periods of career-related work are combined in one program, individualized for each student. Students earn a salary and acquire academic credit in their majors while experiencing, on a temporary basis, their chosen career. 

The experience gives cooperative education students an opportunity to become well-acquainted with the employer which, in many cases, leads to permanent placement upon graduation. All cooperative programs are administered by the academic departments.


The Math Learning Center (MLC) at CSU-Pueblo gives students a place to work in a collaborative and supportive environment. Located in PM 132, students can drop by anytime. The center is open Monday through Friday during each semester. Once there, students receive help from qualified tutors. The MLC is staffed by a center coordinator, and tutors who are upper division math, physics, biology, chemistry or engineering students. The tutors are trained to help students work through their own problems in classes as diverse as algebra, calculus and statistics. The MLC provides CSU-Pueblo students a place and a plan for success in college level math classes. For more information, call 549-2630.


KTSC-TV is a non-commercial, public television station licensed to Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, Incorporated and housed in the Buell Communications Center on the campus of the Colorado State University-Puebelo. KTSC is the regional affiliate for the Public Broadcasting Service. (PBS).

KTSC-TV serves 250,000 households with 750,000 viewers throughout southern Colorado. Rocky Mountain PBS is a statewide public television network, composed of KTSC-TV, serving the entire southern Colorado region; KRMJ in Grand Junction, serving the Western Slope; and KRMA, serving Denver and northern Colorado.

The station broadcasts 24 hours per day; with daily schedules consisting of cultural, public affairs and educational programming for viewers of all ages.

KTSC-TV produces 3 hours per week of local programming from September through May. There are additional local productions that take place during the summer months. Local programs produced by KTSC-TV include, Matchwits, Homework Hotline, and Spirit of Colorado.

There are numerous opportunities for students to become involved with KTSC-TV. Television production courses offered through the Mass Communications Department and the Center for New Media are taught at KTSC-TV. Opportunities are available for advanced students in Mass Communications and Electronics to receive academic credit for working at the station.


Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program

The MBRS Program provides research opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical science. Students gain hands-on experience working in modern laboratories with faculty mentors and other student researchers.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO grant project providing an array of services to low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities. The purpose of SSS is to increase the retention and graduation rate of participants. This is accomplished by providing supportive services such as academic action plans, peer tutoring (one-to-one, group, and drop-in), academic, financial aid, career counseling; and supplemental instruction in challenging courses.

To be eligible to receive services from the SSS Project, students must meet the following requirements: 

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at CSU-Pueblo as an undergraduate student

  • Be a low-income student as outlined by Department of Education criteria, OR

  • Be a first-generation student, OR

  • Be a student with a documented disability, AND

  • Meet the academic criteria as established by the SSS Project, AND 

  • Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the U.S.  

Students who meet these criteria are encouraged to apply to become a participant in the CSU-Pueblo SSS Project. For additional information, call (719) 549-2111 or stop in at LW 230.

Southern Colorado Educational Opportunity Center

SCEOC is a federally funded grant program, sponsored by CSU-Pueblo that assists eligible first-generation, low-income, and disabled adults in gaining access to higher education. The program provides services in sixteen southern Colorado counties and two northern New Mexico counties.

Services include:

  • Information about college and career opportunities.

  • Assistance in completing admissions and financial aid applications.

  • Referrals to GED and college preparation programs.

  • Information about scholarship opportunities

The central office is located on the CSU-Pueblo campus, Room 227 in the Library Wing. Satellite offices are located at the Pueblo Work Link and on community college campuses in Colorado Springs, Lamar, La Junta, Trinidad and Alamosa. To access services or for more information, call (719) 549-2457.

Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo is a pre-college program which generates skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school. The criteria for acceptance into the program includes low-income and potential first generation college students who are enrolled in high schools seeking to prepare themselves for entry into a postsecondary institution.

Eligible participants must:



have completed the eighth grade;



be between the ages of 13 - 19;



be currently enrolled in a high school;



be planning to attend college; 



need the services of Upward Bound to help fulfill their goals; and



have a high school grade point average of 2.500 or better.

Basic skills, counseling, tutoring and skills necessary for acceptance into and success in college are provided. An intensive six-week summer program offers six credits of college courses for graduating seniors. The remaining undergraduates attend daily classes emphasizing mathematics, science, English, and writing. Applications are available at high school counselors’ offices. For more information, please call 549-2750, Web site: http://partners.colostate-pueblo.edu/upwardbound/.



The MASS GEARUP Program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), is a federally funded program in partnership with Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pueblo School Districts 60 and 70, Pueblo Community College, and local businesses.

The program is designed to provide middle school and high school students the skills, encouragement, and preparation needed to pursue a college education with emphasis on improving math, reading and writing instruction and student skills.

Pueblo School District 60 and 70 schools served by the MASS GEAR UP Program are: Corwin, Freed, Pitts and Vineland middle schools and Central, Centennial, South and Pueblo County high schools.

Program services are provided to students beginning in the 7th grade and continue throughout high school.

Services include:

Individual Educational Plans

After School Tutoring Program

Professional Mentoring Component

Summer Academic and Enrichment Program

College Orientation and College Visits

Admission and Financial Aid Information

Scholarship Exploration Assistance

Parent and Student Educational Workshops

Career Development and Individual Career Portfolio’s

Upgrading Math Teacher Qualifications

Upgrading Math Curricula

Teacher Professional Development

Occhiato Center

During the academic year, the Occhiato University Center is open regularly from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday with additional hours as required for scheduled events. The center is open on Saturday and Sunday during meal hours and for scheduled events. Limited hours are established during summer and when classes are not in session. Center hours are extended to accommodate events and meetings.

Colorado State University-Pueblo Bookstore

The Colorado State University-Pueblo Bookstore is a modern 20,000 square-foot store in the Occhiato University Center serving CSU-Pueblo faculty, staff and students. Texts for classes, general-interest books, classroom supplies, sundries, calculators, greeting cards, and CSU-Pueblo clothing and gifts are among the many items sold in the bookstore. The CSU-Pueblo Quick Copy Center is now located in the bookstore. Hours of operation are printed in the semester course bulletin and on the bookstore entryway.

Identification Cards

All students enrolled should purchase an ID card, in the Occhiato University Center, Room 102. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $10 charge for all ID’s - new or replacement.

Vehicle Parking Permits
Students who park their vehicles on campus must display a valid permit. Permits may be obtained at the cashier’s window prior to the first day of class. The cost of the permit is $50 for a decal, or $75 for a hang tag which can be transferred from one vehicle to another.