Course Descriptions

 

EXPLANATION OF COURSE NUMBERS AND CREDITS

Course credits are denoted in parenthesis; e.g., (3) denotes 3 credits.

Generally, courses are numbered in the following manner:

  • Courses numbered 100-200 Freshman and sophomore* courses
  • Courses numbered 300-400 Reserved to Junior and Senior students
  • Courses numbered 500-599 Master’s level courses
  • Courses numbered 250-255, 350-355, 450-455 Denote practicum courses and internships
  • Courses numbered sequentially (e.g., 351, 352, 353) Denote a series of related courses (usually not

required to be taken consecutively)

*Approved degree-track Sophomore students may enroll in up to 30 credits of 300-level courses.

Course designations are denoted as follows:

•BUS  –– Business

•CAP  –– Computer Applications

•ECO  –– Economics

•EDU  –– Education

•ENG  –– English

•FST   –– Family Systems Therapy

•FNA  –– Fine Arts

•GNS  –– General Studies

•HIS    –– History

•HSE   –– Human Services

•HUM –– Humanities

•IDS    –– Interdisciplinary Studies

•LAN  –– Language

•LDR  –– Leadership

•LIT    –– Literature

•MAT –– Mathematics

•MUS –– Music

•PHL  –– Philosophy

•POL  –– Political Science

•PSY  –– Psychology

•SCI   –– Science

•SOC  –– Sociology

•SPE   –– Speech

•STA  –– Study Abroad

•THE  –– Theology

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Course Descriptions Available on the University Website

Course descriptions are available on-line at the University website (americanpathways.edu). They are also included in the syllabus for each course.

BUSINESS (BUS)

BUS 101 Introduction to Business (3)

Business Knowledge has radically changed business systems, organization structures and processes. This course introduces students to modern strategy and tactical tools used in business today.

BUS 201 Group and Organizational Dynamics (3)

How group behavior affects organizational effectiveness, decision-making, and group conflicts; strategies for efficient group and task management.

BUS 202 Leadership and Management (3)

Motivational theory related to individual and group functions; functional and dysfunctional leadership styles; synthesis of those functional styles that work best to create the ultimate style.

BUS 212 Business and Interpersonal Skills (3)

Business enterprise: customer expectations, time management, negotiating skills, workplace coaching, conflict resolution, listening & communication skills, problem solving, team leading, decision-making.

BUS 221 Decision Making and Problem Solving (3)

Basic skills of evaluation and analysis, critical thinking, problem solving strategies, creativity, decision-making, and communication, with applications to business and management.

BUS 241 Financial Management (3)

Budgeting, financial planning, controlling financial performance, evaluating capital investments, and managing risk in capital budgeting.

BUS 243 Accounting Systems (3)

Accounting uses inputs and produces outputs that help management, suppliers and government assess the health of a company. This course introduces the history, why and how current accounting systems exist and introduces debits and credits using accounting systems.

BUS 244 Finance Systems (3)

Financial systems help track and communicate information for key Business Leaders to make decisions with. Selecting the type of structure and knowing how to read the information is key to good decisions.

BUS 281 Project Management Systems (3)

Basics of Project Management, utilizing the Project Management Body of Knowledge (detailed by the Project Management Institute); preparation for testing for “Certified Associate in Project Management.”

BUS 285 Business Law (3)

Business Law forms a foundation for doing business and sets expectations and rules for all parties adherence. Beginning with Contract Law, an analysis of how business law affects business decisions.

BUS 311 Interpersonal Relations and Dynamics (3)

Healthy work relationships, effective verbal/nonverbal communication/feedback, and conflict resolution.

BUS 331 Human Resources Management (3)

HR planning, recruitment, and staffing: Federal employment guidelines & Colorado law, performance management & development, compensation & benefits, employee relations; tracking systems.

BUS 335 Introduction to Real Estate (3)

Real Estate as an economic good, the bundle of property rights, the transaction process in real estate and liquidity, valuation of real estate interests, highest and best use, feasibility analysis, tax considerations in real estate investment, optimal leveraging strategies, institutional real estate investment and portfolio considerations, securitized and structured real estate interests, investment performance of alternative property classes, the role of the developer, public sector involvement in the real estate market, corporate real estate asset management, and the future of real estate. A hands-on approach to analysis of real estate deal opportunities and case presentations by several members of the real estate professional community.

BUS 342 Business Accounting (3)

Fundamentals of accounting for business: recording & communicating, issues of cost & short-term decisions, the expenditure cycle, the revenue cycle, the conversion cycle, the cash cycle.

BUS 345 Business Information Systems (3)

Selection and Application of Technology to a Business Venture is very important.  Culture, location and financial abilities will dictate which technology will be best for each business. This class helps the students understand what is available and how each piece might add the greatest value to different types of business. Data storage, analysis tools and business automation will be researched and used in class.

BUS 351 Business Incubator Laboratory I (3)

Field experience in starting and running a small business: meetings with the Local Business Incubator and evaluation of essential requirements of a startup business by donation of 12 hours of professional work.

BUS 361 Business Planning (3)

Preparation of a business plan, using market research and organizational science, for a start-up business or for an existing enterprise––use of software that evaluates financial competitive activity and social issues.

BUS 362 Logistics Management (3)

Logistics involves physical flow of materials, final goods and related information from origin to consumption to meet customer requirements.

BUS 371 Entrepreneurship (3)

Entrepreneurial creation and expansion of the enterprise: organization, management, responsibility, resources, market research, stocks, innovation, and case studies of the great entrepreneurs of history.

BUS 375 Brand Creation and Management (3)

Brand Management: tangible/intangible characteristics of a business – tangibles like product quality or technology and intangibles like customer experience and satisfaction will be researched and understood.

BUS 376 Designing Business Presentations (3)

Communication to Customers, Executives, Suppliers and the Team is a Key to strong business success.  How you put the information needed together is a key to their understanding. This course will introduce existing and new tools to communicate and have the students use these tools in Business settings.

BUS 377 Marketing Strategies and Social Networking (3)

Different business models require a variety of Marketing Strategies. Strategies selection requires primary and secondary research on the target markets. Students should understand how and where to find this data and compile it for business use. Marketing strategy utilizing the newest social networking available through e-mail, electronic brochures, Facebook and Twitter tools available for little or no cost.

BUS 391 Project Management Scope (3)

Development of clear “scope statements” for discovery and documentation of agreements for executive management: project management, financial & risk planning, communication planning, HR planning.

BUS 395 Project Time and Schedule Management (3)

Developing a Project Plan into an Operating Time Table. Developing a Work Breakdown Structure, Sequencing the Activities and understanding their dependencies and the Critical Path of the Project Plan.

BUS 396 Project Cost Management (3)

Estimating Costs by Activity in a Project and developing them into a Time Phased Budget. Learning about Earned Value formulas and using them for Project Tracking Forecasting and Reporting.

BUS 397 Project Human Resources and Communications Management (3)

Developing a Human Resource Strategy that integrates the needs of your Project and then Implementing the Planning, Hiring, Training and Executing of a Project or Endeavor.

BUS 411 Systems Management (3)

Evaluation of organizations using a systems model: analysis of solving organizational problems, with application to work-related issues and projects in business and community.

BUS 412 Information Systems Management (3)

Information Systems has a changing role in Business Strategy. Identifying the characteristics of useful Information and how to store data and mine this data for Business uses.

BUS 421 Leadership and Management Plan (3)

Using theories of management and leadership, research and organizational science, and observation to develop a management and leadership system for start-up businesses or for existing enterprises.

BUS 431 Small Business Administration (3)

Characteristics and problems of a small business; how to establish and operate a small business; how management structures can reflect Christian values.

BUS 441 Nonprofit Business Administration (3)

Fund raising & contributions; accounting & financial reporting; nonprofit sector policies and procedures; state and Federal employment guidelines; benefit regulations and compliances; tracking systems.

BUS 451 Business Incubator Laboratory II (3)

Field experience in an entrepreneurial situation in a small, mid-sized or mega-business under the mentorship of practitioners in the field.

BUS 452 Management Field Project (3)

Field experience in a managerial situation in a small, mid-sized, or mega-business under the mentorship of practitioners in the field; 50 field experience hours are required.

BUS 453 Entrepreneurship Field Project (3)

Starting and running a small business––a class project application to the Local Business Incubator for a startup business: business plan, risk assessment, legal review, financial review, and stakeholder review.

BUS 454 Project Management Field Project (3)

Business internship: implement all 10 Knowledge Areas from PMI® PMBOK into a current business.

BUS 481 Project Risk Management (3)

Principles and methods of identifying, assessing and managing risks in projects and business venues.

BUS 485 Project Procurement Management (3)

Negotiation and Purchasing from External or Internal organizations is a key to the success of all projects. Selecting Vendors, understanding the Logistics and Performance Reviews with the Vendors is taught.

BUS 489 Empowering People (3)

People are every organizations most important asset.  Empowering people to make great decisions makes an organization more effective. This course uses proven strategies to build up people to make them capable and willing to make good decisions.

BUS 491 Advanced Project Management (3)

Advanced analysis of scope, risk, cost, HR, communication, time, quality, procurement, integration management, and professional responsibility in preparation for Project Management Professional certification. Certification at the highest level of a Profession’s Standards shows the Global Marketplace you are ready to perform using the International Standards set by the Industry. While there is no guarantee, this capstone course prepares a student for certification by the Project Management Institute. PMI offers the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®). The course reviews past learning in preparation to sit for PMI Globally recognized Certifications by teaching and testing learning using practice testing software.

BUS 493 Legal Issues in Business Planning (3)

Legal requirements and resources in planning for insurance needs, zoning, contracting, and labor laws.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (CAP)

CAP 101 Basic Computing (3)

Basic computing concepts, processes, terminology, computer systems & hardware, software applications, and personal computing platforms for home, finance, business administration, and entrepreneurial careers.

CAP 301 CAD Applications (3)

Using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) on the personal computer, with specialized state-of-the-art software in industrial design ranging from buildings to equipment.

CAP 311 Video Digitizing (3)

Converting pictures or drawings into digital code so that it can be reproduced on a computer screen including storing video images and displaying them fast enough to indicate movement.

CAP 315 Computer Applications in Business (3)

Practical applications in business and management: word processing, spreadsheet & database management, desktop publishing, communications (email, e-commerce, Internet and World Wide Web).

CAP 321 Internet Connectivity Applications (3)

Introduction to the “Information Superhighway,” with a focus on internet connectivity, email, ftp (Internet File Transfer System Program), telnet, the World Wide Web, the USENET.

CAP 331 Website Design and Management (3)

Essentials of Website design and management.

CAP 341 Programming Applications (3)

Programming concepts and techniques, with applications for a variety of settings.

CAP 411 Harnessing the Web for Business (3)

The WEB is becoming the great equalizer and allows business to have explosive growth. Google, Amazon, e-Bay, Craigslist and Facebook are examples of very successful use of the Web.  For each of these there are thousands of examples of failure too.  This class looks at both success and failures to understand how the Web can be a valuable tool.

CAP 412 Data Mining for Business (3)

Predictive Analytics or Data Mining has always been done by successful businesses that assess future needs and how to fill them. Today Information Systems can super charge and give support to mental Exercises from the past.  This course combines both to more effectively grow knowledge to create business or personal expansion.

ECONOMICS (ECO)

ECO 201 Introduction to Economics (3)

Supply & demand, consumer utility, production & costs, competition & monopoly, resource allocation, public goods, income distribution & economic regulation, urban economics, social responsibility & ethics.

EDUCATION (EDU)

EDU 201 Introduction to Education (3)

Survey of American higher education, learning and teaching models, pedagogy and andragogy, testing and assessment, and directed study, mentored and guided development.

EDU 203 Effective Teaching and Classroom Management (1)

The characteristics of an effective teacher, well-managed classroom including developing a discipline plan, implementing classroom procedures, designing lessons for student mastery.

EDU 221 Principles and Methods of Teaching (3-4)

Survey of curriculum design with emphasis on formulating objectives, reaching different learning styles, evaluation procedures, and mastering effective teaching techniques. Principles reinforced through teaching the classroom at the secondary level.

EDU 251, 252, 253 Cooperative Education I, II, III (3, 3, 3)

College-equivalent fieldwork: professional assignment with a business, government agency, or nonprofit organization––earns 3 credits per 100 hours of work and a maximum of three fieldwork assignments.

EDU 301 Curriculum Design, Management & Training (3)

Curriculum design (with emphasis on objectives, learning styles, outcomes and assessment), program management, and teacher training programs.

EDU 303 Teaching Techniques & Learning Environments (3)

Techniques and characteristics of effective teaching and learning environments, including classroom management, lessons plans, technology, and methods.

EDU 501 Classroom Environments & School Culture (3)

Principles, policies, procedures, and strategies for establishing a climate for success within the urban classroom, with the goal of the educator being breaking through negative perceptions and feelings and inspiring students to believe in themselves and engage in learning. Students will learn strategies ranging from developing an effective and welcoming physical classroom environment to establishing boundaries within the classroom, while inspiring students to learn and achieve. Students will develop a comprehensive plan for establishing a climate of support and success within their classrooms.

EDU 502 Relational Dynamics & Communication (3)

Theories, strategies, and models for communicating with students in order to manage student behavior, developing effective conflict management, promoting student/teacher relationships, and encouraging the development of positive self-esteem. Praxis is considered for implementing such skills in the classroom environment and in student-teacher communication.

EDU 503 Cultural Awareness & Understanding (3)

Understanding cultural differences, at-risk environments, and impoverished communities and developing strategies for scaffolding instruction for all learners, break through prejudices, and establishing a supportive and inclusive school culture.

EDU 504 Methods in Education I: Learning Outcomes, Standards, and Assessment (3)

Methods of developing instruction driven by standards, course content, and student understanding through learning goals and plans, essential understandings, and assessments that show evidence of authentic learning, which will be further used to drive instruction and develop effective unit and lesson plans.

EDU 505 Methods in Education II: Student-Centered Learning & Instructional Methods (3)

Researched and proven strategies for fostering learning through engaging and meaningful experiences; structures and best practices of inquiry-based, project-centered, and cooperative learning models for students, where students are at center stage and play a critical role in the instruction, discussion, and collaboration within the classroom; unit and lesson planning directly derived from state standards, desired learning outcomes, and evidence from assessment; developing meaningful and purposeful learning experiences that engage the learner in exploration, cooperation, and inquiry; use of information technology teaching tools by teachers in the classroom to excite and enhance learning.

EDU 506 Methods in Education III: Differentiated & Responsive Instruction (3)

Sound pedagogy for meeting the needs of each student within the classroom, including those with special needs, those who are English language learners, and those with varying learning styles and intellectual abilities; learning to evaluate and recognize students who require differentiation and to respond with effective and meaningful instruction for each student within the classroom.

EDU 507 Advocacy & Student Support (3)

Enhanced understanding of the needs of urban youth and the role of the educator in reaching and teaching each student; proven methodologies for influencing and encouraging students who may see little future for themselves in school or in life, including such critical elements of student advocacy and transformational support as mentorship, accountability, and relationship building; develop a future focus with students and establish college, training, and career plans to inspire and support students in believing in their own abilities and future.

EDU 550 Practicum in Education I (3)

Supervised and mentored field experience in elementary, secondary, and college education contexts.

EDU 551 Practicum in Education II (3)

Advanced supervised/mentored field experience in elementary, secondary, and college education contexts.

ENGLISH (ENG)

ENG 099 Developmental Writing Skills (3)

Basic grammar & writing skills: sentence, paragraph & essay structure. Does not count toward graduation.

ENG 101 English Composition I (3)

Effective communication through rhetoric, argumentation, vocabulary, and intensive writing projects, utilizing English grammar, correct English usage, sentences, parts of speech, tense, punctuation and capitalization. Prerequisite: Meet placement criteria or ENG 099.

ENG 102 English Composition II (3)

Sequential course to provide intensive consideration of essay development and to introduce procedures and techniques in preparing the referenced paper. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

ENG 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)

Analysis of selected speeches and writing for effective oral communication, with demonstration of delivery of the written word.

FAMILY SYSTEMS THERAPY (FST)

FST 501 Marriage and Family Systems I (3)

Analysis of the cybernetics of marriage and family systems for the purpose of therapeutic interventions including counseling, therapy, or education. It provides a general theoretical construct of Family Systems.

FST 502 Family Systems II: Addicted Family System (3)

Introduction and analysis of the cybernetics of addiction, particularly how families adjust to and often perpetrate and reinforce an addicted family system, even when the victim (AOD) has transformed.  Students learn how to facilitate assessment, planning, and intervention for these families.

FST 503 Family Systems III: Domestic Violence (3)

Analysis of the cybernetics of domestic violence and abuse, including a wide variety of predicaments of misapplied power, dominance, and control of parenting. Given the concept of the “Dance of Domestic Violence,” approaches are considered for holistic intervention of the perpetrator and victims in the system.

FST 504 Family Therapy I: Best Practice Theory (3)

Introduction to the background and thought that informs the variety of marriage and family concepts.  Students learn origins, role of the therapist, and goal of intervention for marriage and family practices.

FST 505 Family Therapy II: Best Practice Techniques (3)

Identify and analyze best practices techniques for a variety of approaches to marriage and family intervention. Students learn to identify their most effective techniques based on student orientation as well as family systemic insights.

FST 506 Family Therapy III: Best Practices Culturally (3)

Develop capacity to recognize and accurately apply MFT techniques and culturally informed dynamics for all family level interventions. Students develop multicultural competence that enables the application of family centered approaches as the family system is recognized as unique to its various family members.

FST 507 Human Development: A Theoretical Construct (3)

A comparative analysis of theories and best practices in this field. Each student is expected to recognize and delineate the theories that inform each practice, including the individual theorist.

FINE ARTS (FNA)

FNA 201 Music Appreciation (3)

Music forms, terms & compositions: e.g., Classical, Modern, Jazz, Gospel, Popular, Rock, Hip-Hop, Rap.

FNA 208 Film Appreciation (3)

Review of classic and contemporary film, with emphasis on understanding the structure and themes of film as the 20th Century’s greatest contribution to the arts.

GENERAL STUDIES (GNS)

GNS 501 Professional Ethics (3)

The relationship of moral and ethical principles to the broader professional framework in which they occur. Students will apply ethical principles to specific moral issues of the workplace and community such as social justice, business ethics, health care, war, sexuality, abortion, passive and active euthanasia.

GNS 511 Consequential Ideas and Socio-Political Systems (3)

The great formative ideas and their socio-political consequences, including the Judeo-Christian Tradition, Greek Humanism (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), Renaissance Humanism (Petrarch), the Scientific Method and Revolution, Liberalism (John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, The Subjugation of Women), Conservatism (Edmund Burke), American Democratic tradition (John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexis De Tocqueville, Fredrick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Abraham Lincoln, William James, Martin Luther King, Jr.), Socialism and Capitalism (Karl Marx, Vaclav Havel, Paul Johnson), and the psychology revolution (Plato, William Wendt, Sigmund Freud, William James).

GNS 521 Analytical Thinking and Methods (3)

Classical epistemologies and anti-epistemologies—empiricism, rationalism, analytic philosophy and linguistic analysis, revelation, skepticism, postmodernism—in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences; focus on the Socratic Method, logic, critical thinking, and the scientific method (natural and social sciences). Explore key theories, including induction and deduction (Aristotle), sociological method (Robert K. Merton), argumentation paradigm (Stephen Toulman), scientific method (Albert Einstein), revelatory-rationalist method (Saint Paul, C. S. Lewis); statistical method (Blaise Pascal, Rodney Stark); integrationist method (Thomas Aquinas); natural law (James Q. Wilson, The Moral Sense).

GNS 531 Professional Leadership (3)

Forms of social and professional leadership in their historical, literary, and philosophical context, such as the European Renaissance of the 14th through early 21st centuries, with focus on Plato, Machiavelli, Sidney Hook, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln; Billy Graham; John Paul II; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan; Ken Blanchard, and Saul Alinsky.

GNS 541 Research and Analysis (3)

The nature of the scientific method and basic techniques in social science research as applied to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of social, economic, and management data. Research designs and methodologies, and analysis of existing research toward professional applications. Research methodologies include action research, thought experiments, statistical research, qualitative research, quantitative research, historiography, and literary analysis.

GNS 590 Master’s Capstone Thesis (3)

The Capstone Thesis is a research narrative (75-100 pages) evolving from M.P.S. foundational core courses and elective concentration courses. The thesis is a concentration-specific consideration in professional domains (education, marriage & family therapy, and leadership). The thesis must be approved and written under the guidance of a faculty advisor and an M.P.S. cohort peer-review. The draft thesis must be presented to a review panel of faculty, concentration-specific professionals, and students before submission of the Thesis in partial fulfillment of the core requirements of the M.P.S.

HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION (HIS)

HIS 121 Survey Of Western Civilization I (3)

Examines the origins of the institutions and beliefs of western civilization: traces their development by Greece & Rome and their preservation and enhancement in the early medieval period of European history. This course must be completed at APU.

HIS 131 Survey Of Western Civilization II (3)

The transition of European society from medieval times through the Renaissance to the modern era, noting the profound economic, social and political changes in cultural, political and intellectual revolutions.

HIS 221 American/U.S. History To 1865 (3)

Survey of American history from its European beginnings to the Civil War, providing description and analysis of the major development of politics, economics, society, and foreign policy.

HIS 231 American/U.S. History Since 1865 (3)

Survey of American history from the Civil War to modern times: analysis of the development of politics, economics, society, & foreign policy and the people & forces that shaped the American experience.

HIS 241 Colorado History (3)

The discovery, growth, and development of Colorado from the Indian occupation to the present, with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the immigration of various ethnicities, exploration, trapping, mining, agriculture, and industrialization, pioneer life, labor movements, and political history.

HIS 321 History of Christianity To 1564 (3)

From the Apostolic Age to the Protestant Reformation: focus on major personalities, major theological and organizational traditions––including Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and major Protestant traditions that emerged in the sixteenth century––Lutheran, Anglican, Reformed, and Anabaptist.

HIS 331 History of Christianity Since 1564 (3)

From the Protestant Reformation to the 21st Century: focus on major personalities and major theological and organizational traditions––including Evangelicalism, Protestant liberalism, Neo-Orthodoxy, Post-Modernism, evangelism and world missions.

HIS 341 History of Christianity in America (3)

Christian experience in America from the Colonial era to the present––including leaders, theology, and polity among the major denominations––and the influence of theological ideas on social and public policy.

HUMAN SERVICES (HSE)

HSE 203 Counseling Skills (3)

Fundamentals of counseling skills. Introduction to the counseling approaches of Family Systems Therapy, Reality Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Alfred Adler, and Sigmund Freud.

HSE 204 Counseling the Substance Abuser (3)

This course is specifically oriented to assessing and counseling the addicted client. Course work is designed to provide the trainee with knowledge of and experience in applying the fundamentals of research, evidence-based treatment, client assessment, treatment planning, client records, and individual counseling skills. Completion of this course satisfies CAC I certification requirements in addiction counseling skills and in client record management, as well as domestic violence counseling.

HSE 220 Multicultural Issues and Variables in Treatment (3)

Students develop awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and the effects of historical oppression of African, Asian, European, Hispanic, and Native people.  This course examines the spectrum of culturally informed treatment and resistive clients, with an emphasis on the impact and identification of diverse cultural values and biases in the therapeutic process. Completion of this course satisfies CAC I certification requirement in culturally informed treatment.

HSE 223 Group Counseling Skills (3)

Introduction to the basic theories of small groups through experiential learning to develop skills and strategies for effective group participation and leadership. The universality of feelings and concerns are shared so that one can recognize the dynamics of interpersonal interaction, predict dynamics accurately, demonstrate effective leadership skills, and learn to exercise control of the group process and interaction in small-group situations. Completion of this course satisfies CAC II certification requirement in group counseling skills.

HSE 226 Trauma Informed Care (3)

The causes and symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the relationship of the disorder to substance abuse and violence in the form of domestic disturbances is studied along with interventions and treatment. Completion of this course satisfies CAC II certification requirement in trauma informed care for diverse populations.

HSE 240 Psychopathology and the Mental Health Clinician (3)

An introduction to biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural etiological perspectives of psychopathology and the basic treatment approaches and critical analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of mental disturbance labeling and societal implications. Emphasis on integrated treatment of co-occurring mental

HSE 246 Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing (3)

The primary goals of motivational interviewing are to engage clients, elicit change talk, and evoke motivation to make positive behavioral changes through goal-oriented counseling that helps clients explore and resolve ambivalence. Students learn interviewing skills specific to various stages of recovery and relapse in order to minimize or avoid resistance and to promote essential changes in substance abuse or domestic violence clients. Completion of this course satisfies CAC II certification requirement in motivational interviewing.

health, substance use disorders, and spiritual alliances, including shared decision making, integration of services, community outreach, reduction of negative consequences, long-term care as needed, motivation-based treatment, and multiple psychotherapeutic interventions. Completion of this course satisfies CAC II certification requirements in clinical assessment and treatment planning and in co-occurring disorders.

HSE 248 Therapeutic Cognitive Behavior (3)

This course examines the early and current development of cognitive behavior therapy as pioneered by Drs. Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis. Cognitive behavior has become one of the most widely used therapies during the last two decades. Students will apply C.B.T. by examining thoughts and beliefs connected to moods, behaviors, physical experiences, and events. Completion of this course satisfies CAC II certification requirement in cognitive behavioral therapy.

HSE 250 Addiction Treatment and Infectious Diseases (3)

Health issues including communicable and sexually transmitted diseases that are most likely to affect addicted individuals. Health issues found among individuals who might abuse mind-altering chemicals. Students perform risk assessments and prepare educational materials for clients. Completion of this course satisfies CAC I certification requirements in principles of addiction treatment and in infectious disease in addiction treatment.

HSE 251 Pharmacology of Drugs and Alcohol (3)

As a cornerstone of addiction counseling, the professional of behavioral health must understand the composition, classification, effects, uses, and abuses of drugs and alcohol. Students learn the ways that psychoactive substances impact the central nervous and immune systems. Related socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and familial diversity, moral-ethical, and political issues are integrated into the course content and treatment services considered. Completion of this course satisfies CAC I and II certification requirements in pharmacology I and II.

HSE 266 Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services (3)

Basic understanding of the legal and ethical issues in the human services profession and provides an opportunity for students to apply standards from the code of ethics as well as laws in situations that often arise in agencies providing case management and counseling. Completion of this course satisfies CAC I and II certification requirements in ethics and jurisprudence and in professional ethics.

HSE 302 Addiction Counseling Skills (2)

Basic addiction counseling skills. CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 303 Advanced Counseling Skills (2)

Advanced addiction counseling skills. CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 311 Spiritual Alliances (1)

Counseling resources of spiritual alliances (church, synagogue, mosque, agency counseling, individual practitioners, educational programs, other faith based organizations) and family systems models in history and current theory and practice. CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 314 Family Therapy (2)

Current marriage and family therapy theory and practice. CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 315 Intimate Partner Abuse (1)

Patterns of abuse, dynamics of perpetrator treatment, from arrest to aftercare, victim and family considerations. Domestic violence CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 316 Court Testimony (1)

Skills necessary to provide appropriate, accurate, professional testimony as expert witnesses in the court system. Domestic violence CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 318 Specific Offender: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (1)

Topics include: identity and coming-out, homophobia and civil rights, life-partnerships and co-parenting, treatment planning and accessibility. Domestic violence CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 319 Personality Disorders (1)

A psychologically integrated model of domestic violence intervention including review of the MCMI-III data and batterer typologies, risk assessment, treatment planning. Domestic violence CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 320 Intervention Techniques (1)

Community resources including Domestic Violence Treatment Service, Addiction Service and Mental-Health Treatment Service, and diagnosis. Domestic violence CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 321 Group Counseling Skills I (2)

Dynamics of group facilitation: didactic & experiential learning opportunities; stages of growth, curative factors, group process & leadership styles, principles and practice of facilitation techniques; faith based approaches.  CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 322 Group Counseling Skills II (2)

Advanced dynamics of group facilitation. CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 324 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (1)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) assists clients with personality disorders to become more functional through an enhanced awareness of the techniques of other approaches to therapeutic intervention.

HSE 325 Trauma Issues (1)

Profiles and treatment of addicted batterers, including trauma symptoms, prevalence, and linkage to substance abuse. CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 327 Trauma Informed Care for Diverse Populations (1)

The causes and symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and interventions and treatment. Completion of this course satisfies CAC II certification requirement in trauma informed care for diverse populations. Required for CAC II certification.

HSE 331 Clinical Supervision I (2)

Methods and techniques for clinical supervision; experiential training by which students learn and practice specific supervisory skills models and supervisory feedback techniques; course covers elements needed for the Colorado Alcohol and Drug Division CAC III certification.

HSE 332 Clinical Supervision II (1)

Advanced methods and techniques for clinical supervision; course covers elements needed for the Colorado Alcohol and Drug Division CAC III certification. Required for CAC III certification

HSE 341 Therapeutic Resistance (1)

Cognitive behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, counseling the resistive client, including elements of addiction counseling prescribed by the Colorado Alcohol and Drug Division. CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 342 Therapeutic Techniques (1)

Cognitive behavioral techniques; course covers elements needed for the Colorado Alcohol and Drug Division CAC II and CAC III certifications. CAC certification elective credit.

HSE 343 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (1)

A best practice in the treatment of addictive behavior disorders and shows the counselor how collaboratively to engage in an examination of beliefs and promote personal growth and client’s human potential.  Required for CAC III certifications.

HSE 344 Motivational Interviewing (1)

An accepted clinical standard in addictions treatment and counseling. Course covers motivation and positive change by having clients identify, clarify, and resolve ambivalence, and using principles and strategies through didactic presentations, exercises, active role playing. Required for CAC III certification.

HSE 345 Advanced Motivational Interviewing (1)

Consideration of advanced motivational interviewing practices in addictions treatment and counseling. Course covers client motivation and positive change. Required for CAC III certification.

HSE 352 Pharmacology I (1)

Basic physiological functioning of human anatomy, the impact of psychoactive substances on it, reasons people use chemicals to alter perception of the world, and classifications of controlled substances & other entities. Required for CAC I certification.

HSE 353 Pharmacology II (1)

Advanced physiological functioning of human anatomy, the impact of psychoactive substances on it, reasons people use chemicals to alter perception of the world, and classifications of controlled substances & other entities. Required for CAC 2 II certification.

HSE 354 Infectious Diseases (1)

Infectious disease treatment Pre- and post-test counseling, risk assessment, risk reduction, HIV/AIDS facts & impact on the family system. Required for CAC I certification.

HSE 355 Psychotherapy Internship I (3)

Supervised direct client contact in approved areas. Meets Colorado Division of Behavioral Health requirements for the Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC Level I).

HSE 356 Psychotherapy Internship II (3)

Supervised direct client contact in approved areas. Meets Colorado Division of Behavioral Health requirements for the Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC Level II).

HSE 357 Human Services Internship I (3)

Supervised direct client contact in approved areas.

HSE 358 Human Services Internship II (3)

Supervised direct client contact in approved areas.

HSE 359 Human Services Practicum I (8)

This practicum provides a beginning field experience in a human service agency or setting. In addition to the field service hours, students participate in an interactive seminar that supports the effectiveness of student learning at the placement site and allows students to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the core human services curriculum to real life situations and experiences. Students participate in a variety of hands-on activities to develop clinical and/or nonprofit management skills depending on the nature of the placement.

HSE 362 Profession Ethics I: Ethics and Jurisprudence (1)

Ethical issues and identification of ethical dilemmas, and jurisprudential requirements in the alcohol and drug clinical setting for counselors and programs. Required for CAC I certification.

HSE 363 Client Records Management (1)

Client records management for professional counselors, educators, and therapists. Required for CAC I certification.

HSE 364 Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning (1)

Differential assessment and treatment planning including inclusion, identification, assessment processes, and the difference between substance abuse and dependence. CAC elective credit.

HSE 365 Professional Ethics II (1)

Process and resolution of specific ethical dilemmas. Required for CAC II certification

HSE 382 Anger Management (1)

Non-adversarial communication, anger management, loving without hurting/being hurt, conflict resolution and negotiating safety, aggressive replacement training, neuro-linguistic programming.

HSE 390 Fundamental of Intervention (3)

Community resources including Domestic Violence Treatment Service, Addiction Service and Mental-Health Treatment Service, and diagnosis, including domestic violence CAC certification elective credit. Skills necessary to provide appropriate, accurate, professional testimony as expert witnesses in the court system, including domestic violence CAC certification elective credit. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) assists clients with personality disorders to become more functional through an enhanced awareness of the techniques of other approaches to therapeutic intervention.

HSE 419 Culturally Informed Treatment (1)

Consideration of the spectrum of culturally informed treatment, including the trauma and impact of bias, prejudice, and discrimination based on gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, physical ability, economic status, social class, educational level, language, and age. Required for CAC I certification.

HSE 421 Principles of Addiction: Diversity and Cultural Influences (1)

Diversity and cultural influences in addiction; issues for treatment providers in the African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Refugee communities; issues for treatment providers for women & men. CAC elective credit.

HSE 422 Principles of Addiction Treatment (2)

Diversity and cultural influences in addiction. Exploration of the client-oriented, counselor-directed models. CAC elective credit.

HSE 423 Diversity in Treatment Populations (1)

Issues for treatment providers vis-à-vis treatment populations including the African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Refugee communities. CAC elective credit.

HSE 424 Resistive Client (1)

Issues for treatment providers for women and for men. CAC elective credit.

HSE 426 Learning Styles (1)

Many different (offender) learning styles and focus on teaching methods/techniques (i.e., visual auditory, tactile/kinesthetic) to maximize rapport and communicate with each of the major learning styles. CAC elective credit.

HSE 427 Social Pathology (1)

Substance abuse, violence, abuses of women and children, crime, terrorism, corruption, criminality, discrimination, isolation, stigmatization and human rights violations. CAC elective credit.

HSE 428 Perpetrator: Evaluation and Risk Assessment (1)

Victim dynamics, victim’s issues (including Susan’s Story I and II), psychology of criminal conduct, defiance and criminal behavior, women defendants.

HSE 429 Grief and Loss (3)

Use of didactic and experiential techniques to recognize loss and stages of grief vis-à-vis developmental life stages and events and coping mechanisms of substance abuse; strategies of counselors to minimize feelings of helplessness and burnout.

HSE 435 Co-occurring Disorders (1)

Integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, including shared decision making, integration of services, community outreach, reduction of negative consequences, long-term care as needed, motivation-based treatment, and multiple psychotherapeutic interventions.

HSE 440 Pathologies of Violence (3)

Substance abuse, violence, abuses of women and children, crime, terrorism, corruption, criminality, discrimination, isolation, stigmatization and human rights violations. A psychologically integrated model of domestic violence intervention including review of the MCMI-III data and batterer typologies, risk assessment, treatment planning. Non-adversarial communication, anger management, loving without hurting/being hurt, conflict resolution and negotiating safety, aggressive replacement training, neuro-linguistic programming.

HSE 450 Human Services Internship III (3)

Supervised direct client contact in approved areas.

HSE 451 Psychotherapy Internship III (3)

Supervised direct client contact in approved areas. Meets Colorado Division of Behavioral Health requirements for the Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC Level III).

HSE 455 Professional Externship (12)

The professional externship is the culmination of training for the bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Students demonstrate readiness for professional employment while in a supervised placement within a human service agency or other nonprofit organization. Students integrate knowledge, skills, values and ethics in their placement and complete a project that supports the agency’s mission and is above and beyond the usual requirements of a job.

HSE 459 Human Services Practicum II (8)

This practicum provides continuing field experience in a human service agency or setting. In addition to the field service hours, students participate in an interactive seminar that supports the effectiveness of student learning at the placement site and allows students to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the core human services curriculum to real life situations and experiences. Students participate in a variety of hands-on activities to develop clinical and/or nonprofit management skills depending on the nature of the placement.

HSE 460 Clinical Supervision in Human Services (3)

Provides students with theoretical principles and practical application of clinical supervision in the human services field. The course will address specific regulatory requirements of clinical supervision. Evidence-based support for counseling and clinical supervision will be addressed. Completion of this course satisfies CAC III certification requirements in clinical supervision I and II, as well as domestic violence counselor supervisors.

HSE 469 Advanced Motivational Interviewing (1)

Interviewing skills specific to various stages of recovery and relapse that minimize or avoid resistance and promote essential changes in substance abuse or domestic violence clients. Focus on skill demonstrations, giving and receiving appropriate feedback, and directive counseling to help the client to examine and resolve ambivalence. Required for CAC III certification.

HSE 470 Advanced Motivational Interviewing and Professional Practice (3)

Interviewing skills specific to various stages of recovery and relapse that minimize or avoid resistance and promote essential changes in substance abuse or domestic violence clients. Focus on skill demonstrations, giving and receiving appropriate feedback, and directive counseling to help the client to examine and resolve ambivalence. The therapeutic professional practice and relationship as partnership or companionship compared with other counseling approaches (Family Systems Therapy, Reality Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Alfred Adler, and Sigmund Freud). Completion of this course satisfies CAC III certification requirements in advanced motivational interviewing and professional practice.

HSE 475 Professional Practice (1)

The therapeutic professional practice and relationship as partnership or companionship. Required for CAC III certification.

HSE 480 Violence Offenders

Intimate partner patterns of abuse, dynamics of perpetrator treatment, from arrest to aftercare, victim and family considerations. Victim dynamics, victim’s issues (including Susan’s Story I and II), psychology of criminal conduct, defiance and criminal behavior, women defendants. Other specific offender topics include identity and coming-out, homophobia and civil rights, life-partnerships and co-parenting, treatment planning and accessibility.

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (IDS)

IDS 504 Ideas and American History (3)

A non-sectarian review and evaluation of the influence of theological thought in American political, social, and economic life, including Deism and the Declaration of Independence, the Puritans and Calvinist theology in the writing of the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, and other metaphy