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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

This section of the Catalog includes course descriptions, listed alphabetically by discipline. The descriptions provide information on course numbers, titles, the level of instruction, credit, course sequence, content, and prerequisites as shown in the following example:

SWKM 5000 Generalist Practice in a Multicultural Society
Credits: 4 (4 + 0) 
Prerequisite: SWKM 5150
This course provides students with the knowledge, values and skills for generalist practice with diverse client systems.  The course focuses on the ethics and values, professional relationships, interviewing, assessment, and evaluation at the micro, mezzo, and/or macro levels. 

The first four letters, called the course subject code, represent the area of study or discipline, e.g., SWKM represents social work (master’s level). The course number follows the course subject code, e.g., 5000. The first digit in a four-digit course number designates the level of instruction. Only courses numbered 5000 or above will be included in credits toward a degree. Following each course number is the semester hours of credit. As an example, SWKM 5000-4 is a master’s level, four-credit course. After the course number is the course title, which is followed by the number of credit hours (5). Course descriptions provide a summary of the content of the course. If a prerequisite must be met before a student can register for the course, this information is listed above the course description. A list of courses being offered in a given semester, instructors, class meeting times, and locations is described in the Class Schedule located on the Office of the Registrar’s website, msudenver.edu/registrar/classschedules.

Types of Courses

  • Regular courses appear in this section of the University Catalog and are offered on a regular basis.
  • Independent study courses provide students the opportunity to pursue in-depth study of a topic of special interest. Independent study courses are specified as 698_ and include an alpha character in the course number. Independent study courses are published in the Class Schedule.
  • Special topics or omnibus courses are temporary courses that are not listed in the Catalog. They may be used to pilot-test a course, present a special topic, or provide a unique, experiential-learning opportunity. Omnibus courses use a specified range of course numbers (590_, 690_) and include an alpha character in the course number. Omnibus courses are published in the Class Schedule.
  • Variable topics courses allow courses of varying titles under an overall theme or “umbrella” course. Variable topic courses include an alpha character in the course number and are published in the Class Schedule.

Accounting, Department of


Computer Information Systems, Department of

Computer Information Systems

Economics, Department of


Finance, Department of


Health Professions, Department of

Health Professions

Management, Department of


Marketing, Department of


Nutrition, Department of


Social Work, Department of

Social Work

Teacher Education

Teaching (Core Education)

Special Education

Elementary Education

Mathematics Teaching and Learning


Special Education Undergraduate Course

Mathematics Undergraduate Course

Reading Undergraduate Course

Art Education Undergraduate Course

Secondary Education/Technology