Semester Schedule

Core Class Credits: 39 / Portfolio Credits: 4 / Elective Credits: 2 / Total Program Credits: 45

First Semester

3 credits

Introduction to Research Methods is designed to teach students about the fundamentals of designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects, and is designed to help students become functionally literate consumers of research studies. The course examines basic quantitative and qualitative terminology associated with research, how to collect and interpret a variety of data, and how to read and evaluate research studies.

3 credits
The course content will provide an overview of student affairs–historical, philosophical, political, intellectual and organizational developments in higher education. This will include understanding the roles student affairs professionals assume in post-secondary educational institutions and the profession’s contemporary and future issues.
2 credits
This course is designed to provide an overview of ethical issues in student affairs and higher education.

This class provides an opportunity for emerging student affairs to develop their own individual ethical codes within the frameworks of standards and expectations of the professional and functional areas and understanding of historical foundations of ethical thought.

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of college student development theory and its application to practice.  Identity, cognitive, moral, psycho-social, and ethical theories applicable to college student populations are examined. Theories are viewed with a critical lens, modified, and applied to the working with college students.

2 credits

This course introduces basic qualitative research skills that underpin the development of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program portfolio, from data collection and analysis to writing. The portfolio is the culminating academic work demonstrating development as a scholar-practitioner through the lens of the 34 program competencies. In addition to research methods, this course also focuses on cultivating the skills necessary to make meaning of the program as a whole in order to develop a reflective professional practice by critically examining concepts and understandings within the field and higher education as a whole.

Second Semester

3 credits
This course is designed to prepare students to effectively handle counseling situations in their professional role. It will focus on theory and practical application of counseling in student affairs.
1 credit

See options and descriptions below.

 

3 credits
This course emphasizes development of the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to be a multi-culturally competent student affairs practitioner. Its emphasis is on the practitioner’s responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities for creating and sustaining affirming, pluralistic, and inclusive campus communities for all students.
2 credits
This course is designed to provide students with 1) exposure to trends/issues in higher education and 2) an opportunity to gain understanding of how to design appropriate assessments and 3) experience reporting assessment results in a way that can successfully inform campus conversations.

Third Semester

3 credits

This course is an education research methods course in the models and practices of program evaluation specifically in higher education. This course has been designed to build a bridge between evaluation theories and program evaluation practice. Emphasis in this course is on the techniques and approaches used in program evaluation and the standards of quality professional practice. Students are expected to apply the theory, principles, and practical guidelines of evaluation and planning to the development and presentation of a full-length evaluation plan. This course will not require students to carry out their evaluations.

3 credits
This course focuses on legal issues that impact higher education and the legal responsibilities and obligations of higher education administrators.
2 credits
Students are required to complete two practicum experiences during their course of the program for a total of four credits.

If a practicum is taken during the summer, 2 credits can be reduced from remaining semesters. 

3 credits

This course will introduce future student affairs administrators to the theories of organizational behavior in the context of student affairs in higher education.  Focus will be on an application of theory to practice in the areas of understanding how organizations work, managing and leading people, best practices, and understanding the culture that guides and defines the student affairs profession.

Fourth Semester

1 credit

See options and descriptions below.

2 credits

This course will help students gain an overall understanding of the finance environment for student affairs and the factors that influence that environment. Students will utilize budgeting strategies to create, analyze and revise budgets. In addition, students will gain an understanding of basic accounting, internal controls and strategies to maintain fiscal oversight over Student Affairs operations.

3 credits

Purpose, structure, and the role of leadership within the administration of higher education and how these areas partner with Student Affairs with will be overviewed.

2 credits

Synthesize material, investigate and analyze current issues and trends, explore career related application of knowledge and skills.

2 credits
Students are required to complete two practicum experiences during their course of the program for a total of four credits.

* Students are required to complete two practicum experiences during the course of the program for a total of four credits.  More information can be found here.

Find a PDF version of the SAHE Residential Curriculum here.

Electives

Students can choose to take additional courses and/or workshops to supplement the Student Affairs in Higher Education core classes. Students are encouraged to examine elective choices with their advisor. Please keep in mind that some of the offerings below are online-based, while others are offered on-campus. Two credits of electives credits are required for graduation. Details are updated to reflect current offerings.

Course Code: EDHE 590J
Credits: 1 Credit

Delivery: On-Campus

Offered Spring 2017

No course description at this time.

Course Code: EDHE 590H
Credits: 1 Credit

Delivery: On-Campus

Offered: Fall 2017

No course description available at this time.

Course Code: EDHE 675
Credits: 3 Credits

Delivery: Online Only

Crisis management on college campuses.

 

Course Code: EDHE 674
Credits: 3 Credits

Delivery: Online Only

The course is an online course focusing on campus ecology which is the study of the pattern of relationships among students and the college campus’s social and physical environments.

Course Code: EDHE 590E
Credits: 1 Credit

Delivery: On-Campus

Offered: Spring 2018

The purpose of this course is to examine the history of career development and career centers; understand the basic components of career development processes, these include theoretical foundations, interest and skill assessments, and career exploration; experience, understand and develop counseling skills relevant to career issues including multicultural counseling skills; understand the basic components of a job search marketing campaign, including resume & cover letter writing, job search strategies, and interviewing skills; and demonstrate that career development is a life-long process.

Course Code: EDHE 590D/ IE 692
Credits: 1 Credit

Delivery: On-Campus

This class introduces students interested in university administration to the field of international education. Participants will gain an understanding of critical issues in comprehensive internationalization including education abroad, international students, globalized curriculum, and institutional partnerships. The techniques, trends, and concerns in the processes of campus internationalization will be discussed from multiple points of view (students, administrators, faculty, etc.).

Course Code: EDHE 590K
Credits: 1 Credit

Delivery: On-Campus

Offered Fall 2016

This workshop presents and overview of on the various theories of leadership and citizen development. Students will explore the intersections of these concepts and how to apply them in various student affairs settings. Additionally, this workshop will provide an opportunity for students to further develop their own concepts of leadership/citizenship and apply them in their personal and professional lives.

Course Code: EDHE 590L
Credits: 1 Credit

Delivery: On-Campus

This course presents an overview of philosophies and best practices regarding partnering with the parents and families of today’s college students. Students will explore theories related to family dynamics, diverse family constellations, and millennial student and family characteristics. Students will also engage with prospective and current Colorado State University students’ parents and families in a variety of settings. Finally, students will identify unmet needs and propose new programs and services to better serve the parents and families of today’s college students.