Course Schedules


Course Schedules


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The UCCS School of Public Affairs is flexible in its delivery of courses, offering both online and on campus courses each semester. The Master of Public Administration, Master of Criminal Justice, Dual Masters of Public Administration and Criminal Justice, and all graduate certificates are available online.

For the Master of Public Administration (MPA), the School of Public Affairs plans to offer all core classes every fall and every spring semester. Half of the core classes are offered online and the other half of the core classes are offered on campus. Each semester the delivery (on campus or online) is alternated. Those core courses offered on campus one semester are offered online the following (excluding summer) and vice versa. Students are expected to complete PAD 5001 within their first two semesters of enrollment. For the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ), the School of Public Affairs plans to offer either on campus or online core courses.

Elective courses for both the MPA and MCJ may be offered online or on campus. Some students find matching a core course with an elective course works well. The School of Public Affairs does not recommend completing all core courses before enrolling in electives. If there is an elective that you find interesting or is particularly relevant to your degree plan, you should enroll in that elective that semester as specific elective courses are not always offered on a regular repeating schedule.

Please note: Students are expected to complete all core courses prior to registering for the capstone seminar or master's thesis. In no case can any student enroll for thesis hours or the capstone seminar prior to completing PAD 5003 Research and Analytic Methods/CJ 5003 Research Methods.


Military Students and VA Benefits

Military-connected students using VA Education Benefits: please note the very important clarification of Public Law 116-128 below as you register for fall 2020.

Fall 2020

  • Some CJ, PAD and SWRK courses originally scheduled as in-person and hybrid/blended will be delivered online or through a combination of online and in-person instruction due to reduced classroom capacities necessary for social distancing. Students registered for these courses will be notified of the changes via email. These courses will continue to count as in-residence for military connected students using VA benefits. 
  • Online courses that have an OL section number are not counted as in-residence (on campus).

Please contact Veteran and Military Affairs with any questions about your benefits.


Criminal Justice Course Highlights

CJ 2050-H01 - Intro to Human Security

Schedule: 08/24/2020 - 12/19/2020 | Remote Synchronous (virtual meetings on Friday 8/28, 9/25, 10/23, and 11/20, 1:40pm-4:20pm; the rest of the coursework completed online)

Instructor: Steve Recca

About This Course 

Students will examine what makes for a peaceful and secure society by studying the links between human rights, human needs, and human development. The differences between documented threats and perceived uncertainties in communities will also be examined. Approved for Compass Curriculum requirements: Inclusiveness; Sustainability; Explore: Society, Health and Behavior

CJ 4121-003 - Ethics in Criminal Justice

Schedule: 08/24/2020 - 12/19/2020 | Remote Synchronous (virtual meetings on Wednesdays 1:40pm-4:20pm)

Instructor: Dan Olson

About This Course 

This course is designed to begin preparing students in identifying and critically examining ethical issues in the criminal justice system by applying ethical decision models. This course also provides students with the unique opportunity to analyze how they would resolve these issues according to their own values and beliefs while staying within the boundaries of the law and professional codes of ethics.

Approved for Compass Curriculum requirement: Summit. Prer., Senior standing, CJ majors only; CJ minors with permission of BACJ director.

CJ 5551-002/PAD 6600-002 - Judicial Administration

Schedule: 08/24/2020 - 12/19/2020 | Remote Asynchronous

Instructor: Judge Shakes 

About This Course 

Analyzes the judicial organization, court administration, and criminal court judicial decision-making practices within the context of the broader operation of the criminal justice system. Special attention is paid to the social organization of the courtroom, examining the special roles of judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.


Social Work Course Highlights

SWRK 3001 - The Helping Relationship

Schedule: 08/24/2020 - 12/19/2020 | Hyflex

Instructor: Stephanie Gangemi

About This Course 

Covers basic skills of helping individuals and families in the context of generalist social work practice. Dual emphasis placed on both the knowledge base and the performance of these skills. Assists students in determining their desire to enter the field of social work and prepares students for further educational experiences at the university and in the social work program.

Prer., or Coreq., SWRK 1001, Sophomore Standing. Social Work majors only.

SWRK 3002 - Human Behavior & the Social Environment

Schedule: 08/24/2020 - 12/19/2020 | Remote Synchronous

Instructor: Malikah Marrus 

About This Course 

Explores the interrelatedness of biological, social, cultural, environmental, and psychological factors in human behavior. Considers person-in-environment over the life span with special attention to diversity, impact of racism, sexism, and other sociocultural factors. Integrates knowledge into a social work practice perspective.

Prer., or Coreq., SWRK 1001, Sophomore Standing. Social Work majors only.

SWRK 4051/ 6051 - Child Welfare I: History, Programs and Policies

Schedule: 08/24/2020 - 12/19/2020 | Hyflex

Instructor: Matthew Caywood

About This Course

Provides a historic overview and contemporary application of child welfare policy, problems in policy development, and contemporary American child welfare services in both public and private domains. Includes the study of the child welfare system, examining history and both state and federal policies and programs pertinent to child maltreatment and juvenile justice.

Prer., or Coreq., SWRK 3001. Sophomore standing. MSW majors only. Meets with SWRK 6051.


Public Administration Course Highlights

PAD 5003-OL2/CJ 5003-OL2 Research and Analytic Methods

Schedule: 08/24/2020 - 12/19/2020 | Online (no required virtual meetings)

Instructor: Arley Williams

About This Course 

This course examines the research methods used to answer questions and test hypotheses in public and non-profit settings. Methods covered include identifying and reviewing scholarly literature; formulating research questions; selecting the appropriate design, data collection, and sampling strategies; and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. Prer., Graduate students only; to include non-degree grads. 

PAD 5350-001/CJ 6105-001 - Program Evaluation

Schedule: 08/24/2020 - 12/19/2020 | Remote Synchronous (virtual meetings on Mondays 7:30pm-10:05pm)

Instructor: Regina Winters

About This Course 

Describes the theory and methodology for the design of social research and demonstration projects and the application of analytic and statistical methods for evaluating public programs. Focus is on the application of evaluation methods and techniques of data interpretation. Report preparation is emphasized.