Special Academic Programs



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 as well as individual courses that will contribute to the student’s University education but are not available through other departments or programs.


Director: Shelly Moreschini

Academic Director: Patricia Orman

Faculty: Jeff Stuyt

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, as outlined in the PLP Student Handbook.

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 Board as part of the selection process.

Admissions Criteria

Students must be admitted to Colorado State University-Pueblo as first-time, full-time students. 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.
  • Two 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 postmarked by February 1 and received in the CSU-Pueblo Office of Admissions by the close of business on February 15. Interviews with the members of the PLP Advisory Board will be scheduled during March of each year.

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







Introduction to Leadership




Leadership in Service Organizations




Applied Leadership




Working with Experienced Leaders


Approved Electives (minimum)


                                                                                  TOTAL 18

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 2007-2008 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 Descriptions section of catalog for prerequisites.)






Business Communication




Ethics in Business




Exercise Assessment & Leadership




 Non-Profit Organizations and




Principles of Management




Organizational Behavior




Classics in Ethics




The American Presidency




Theories of Personality




Industrial/Organizational Psychology    




Social Psychology




Systems of Counseling and




Outdoor Leadership I




Leadership and Ethics




Outdoor Leadership II




Organization Theory




Speaking and Listening




Special Topics


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.


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 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, internships, 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 Career and Education Fairs.

The Career Center is located in the Occhiato University Student Center, Suite 103. 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.


The Center for International Programs (CIP) is responsible for the recruitment, admission, 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 the 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, math, and reading 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.
  • English Language Institute: The ELI of CSU-Pueblo, an Extended Studies Program, offers those lacking English proficiency a way to become proficient for entrance into university level coursework. The tuition is kept low, while quality of the program remains high. Students are offered conditional letters of acceptance into regular major programs, pending proof of language proficiency. Contact: annie.williams@colostate-pueblo.edu for further information.
  • 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.

Study Abroad Programs

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 the CSU-Pueblo Study Abroad Program. Students wishing to increase 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: China, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, and Thailand. Some schools teach in English.

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. Contact may be made directly with the study abroad coordinator by visiting Room 030 in the Underground Annex of the Occhiato University Center (OUC).


The University makes available a broad array of credit and non-credit courses, seminars and workshops through the Division of Extended Studies. 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, and Fort Carson.

Both degree- and non-degree seeking students may participate in Extended Studies 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 Extended Studies 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 Extended Studies 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 avocational interests.

Extended Studies 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 Dean of the Division of Extended Studies: phone 1-800-388-6154, or at our website.


The Colorado State University-Pueblo Bookstore is conveniently located in the Occhiato Center and is open to the University community as well as the general public. The primary role is to serve as the primary academic bookseller and provider of supplies in support of the academic programs and events for the University community. The CSU-Pueblo Copy Center is also located in the bookstore and ready to serve the University community.

The University Bookstore also carries a variety of products including general books, office and art supplies, gifts, officially licensed “Thunderwolves” apparel, and assorted food and snack products. Computer software is available to students, faculty, and staff at educational prices. Hours of operation are posted at the store entrance and on the store website.

Customers may also take advantage of 24/7/365 shopping at the store via the University Bookstore website at http://www.csupueblobookstore.com.


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-Pueblo. 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 Colorado State of Mind.

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.


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 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 the Math Learning Center Director, Mary Middleton, at 549-2733.


The Occhiato University Center ascribes to the “Role of the College Union” developed by the Association of College Unions International which states that:

  1. The union is the community center for the college, for all members of the college family - students, faculty, administration, alumni, and guests. It is not just a building: it is also an organization and a program. Together they represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college.
  2. As the “living room” or “hearthstone” of the college, the union provides for the services, conveniences, and amenities the members of the college family need in their daily life on campus and for getting to know and understand one another through informal association outside the classroom.
  3. The union is part of the educational program of the college. As the center of college life, it serves as a laboratory of citizenship, training students in social responsibility and for leadership in our democracy. Through its various boards, committees, and staff, it provides a cultural, social, and recreational program aiming to make free-time activity a cooperative factor with study in education. In all its processes it encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness. Its goal is the development of persons as well as intellects.
  4. The union serves as a unifying force in the life of the college, cultivating enduring regard for and loyalty to the college.

The Occhiato University Center (OUC) houses many student service areas. The departments housed in the OUC are: the CSU-Pueblo Bookstore and Copy Center; Auxiliary Services; Career Center; Student Computer Lab; Dining Services with two different eating areas for you to select from (Columbine Café and La Cantina); Student Life; Student Counseling Center; Student Health Services; Student Activities Board; Experiential Learning Center; International Programs; Multicultural Center and the Games Room also known as the Underground.

The Occhiato University Center is operated by the department of Auxiliary Services located in Room 102. During the academic year, the Occhiato University Center is open regularly from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 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 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and for scheduled events. Limited hours are established during summer and when classes are not in session. However, the Center hours are extended to accommodate special events, conferences, and meetings.

Identification Cards

All students enrolled should purchase an ID card, in the Auxiliary Services Office located in Room 102 of the Occhiato University Center. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a $10 charge for all ID’s - new or replacement. Fiesta Cash, Commuter Meal Plans and Bookstore Bucks can also be purchased for use with your ID cards. The staff in the Auxiliary Services Office would be happy to give you more detailed information on these bonus items.

Lost and Found

Auxiliary Services is the central Lost and Found for the campus. If you have lost something please stop by our office located in the Occhiato University Center, Room 102 or contact us at (719) 549-2149.

Parking Decals

All students are required to purchase an annual parking decal for their vehicle or motorcycle. Students are encouraged to purchase their parking decals at the beginning of each academic year since parking rules are enforced by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office located on the CSU-Pueblo Campus. Decals can be purchased in the Auxiliary Services Office throughout the year.


Academic Improvement Program

This program helps students on academic probation develop an individualized plan for improving their academic standing. Contact us in Psychology, Suite 232 or call (719) 549-2581.

Disability Resource Office

The Disability Resource Office provides support and reasonable academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. We are located in Psychology, Suite 232 or call (719) 549-2581.

Undeclared Academic Advising for Continuing and New Transfer Students

Undeclared advising for continuing and transfer students involves assisting with appropriate course selection, guidance, and assists students in determining an appropriate major. Career counseling and assessment tools are used to help students determine an appropriate major. We are located in Psychology, Suite 232 and can be reached at (719) 549-2581.

Writing Room

The Writing Room provides an inviting atmosphere where students can 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, Suite 232, online at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/owl, or call us at (719) 549-2901.


The University Library supports teaching and learning by providing 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 access to over 15,000 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.


Students who park their vehicles on campus must display a valid permit. Permits may be obtained at the cashier’s window or Auxiliary Services (OUC Room 102) 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.



First-Year Programs seeks to ease the transition into college life for first-year students. Out student-focused advisors assist students in any way possible that will ensure a successful first year and beyond. Advisors connect with students on a regular basis so as to prevent any difficulty from arising. A variety of resources are available such as career planning, academic skills assessments, tutoring, and various social and academic activities. The First-Year Experience Course, New Student Orientation, and Learning Communities are also offered through First-Year Programs.

First-Year Student Advising

All first-year, first-time students are advised through First-Year Programs. The First-Year Advising program works with new students during their first year in college. This program advises students for appropriate course selection and gives students the information and guidance they need to be successful college students. First-Year Programs is located in Psychology, Suite 232 and can be reached at (719) 549-2583 or on the web at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/FYP.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation informs first-time students of critical campus information. Attendance at orientation is required in order to obtain your student ID and parking pass. More information is on our website at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/FYP/Orientation. More information will be sent to first-time students early in the summer of 2007.


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

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 Workforce Center and on community college campuses in Colorado Springs, Lamar, La Junta, and Trinidad. To access services or for more information, call (719) 549-2457 or toll free (877) 302-4433 or visit our website: http://www.sceoc.net.


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.


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:

  1. Have completed the eighth grade;
  2. Be between the ages of 13 - 19;
  3. Be currently enrolled in a high school;
  4. Be planning to attend college;
  5. Need the services of Upward Bound to help fulfill their goals; and 
  6. 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 or visit our website: http://partners.colostate-pueblo.edu/upwardbound.


Veteran’s Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Grant program designed to provide academic refresher assistance, training and advising to low income and/or first generation honorably discharged veterans who are pursuing a GED certificate and/or are preparing to enter post-secondary education. Non-credit academic instruction is available in the subject areas of English, mathematics, science, careers, computer literacy, and Spanish. This program is an opportunity for veterans to re-establish fundamental ideas and study habits, which are prerequisites for successful performance at the post-secondary educational level. Additionally, Veterans Upward Bound provides access to academic resources, employment referrals, assistance with VA benefits applications, and referrals to various community assistance organizations.

Colorado State University is the host university; classes are offered at Pikes Peak Community College and Pueblo Community College. The program, all classes and materials are FREE for those who qualify.
The Veterans Upward Bound Staff are VA Certifying Officials and can assist veterans in several areas, including:

  • Academic Skills Refresher Training
  • GED Preparation
  • College Entrance Assistance
  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid Applications
  • VA Educational Benefits
  • Academic Advising
  • Career Guidance

Classes are offered in the morning and evenings.

Please call to get complete information on how Veterans Upward Bound can benefit you.

VUB Contact Information:

Colorado State University-Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Blvd, LW Bldg., Room 226
Pueblo, Colorado 81001-4901
Phone: (719) 549-2875
Fax: (719) 549-2914

Pikes Peak Community College
5675 S. Academy Blvd., Room A-116
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
Phone: (719) 579-3075
Fax: (719) 579-3079

Pueblo Community College
Administration Building
900 W. Orman
Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499
Phone: (719) 549-3077
Fax: (719) 549-3097