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2008-2009 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Distributed Studies Program

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Structured Interdisciplinary Program Options

These include options in business economics, justice studies, and public administration. These programs include a standard set of courses and electives. Students should check with department advisors before enrolling.

Distributed Studies Major in Business Economics

The Distributed Studies major in Business Economics is offered through the Department of Economics.

Economics is both a social science and a business field (or discipline). On many campuses students can choose to major in economics in either the business school or in arts and sciences. However, UCCS students interested in both business and economics must choose between these interests by majoring in economics (LAS) or majoring in business (COB). The Distributed Studies major in Business Economics offers students a formal opportunity to pursue both interests. The major requires at least 60 hours of course work total. The Distributed Studies major in Business Economics has as its primary area economics, and as its secondary area business.

The Distributed Studies major in Business Economics closely resembles the regular major in economics, with the required economics and math courses being identical. The only change is a minimum of 30 required hours in economics for the DS major in business economics, rather than the 36 hours required for the economics major.

In the secondary area of business, DS students complete courses that fit both with their interests in business economics as well as with the nature of many of the employment opportunities for them, i.e., in the financial sectors of the economy.

Students choosing a Distributed Studies major in Business Economics enroll in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

Primary Area: Economics Requirements (30 Hours)


  • These requirements should be completed before taking any upper division economics courses.
  • A minimum of 30 hours in Economics courses, of which at least 18 hours numbered 300 and above

  • Each of these five required courses should be completed before the beginning of the senior year.
Economics Electives

  • Any five additional upper division courses in Economics

  • It is recommended students take at least one 400 level economics course.
  • Additionally, it is recommended to concentrate in one of the following areas:

Secondary Area: Business Requirements (30 Hours)

Distributed Studies Major in Justice Studies

The Distributed Studies program in Justice Studies promotes a curriculum in the broad area of studies in legal and social justice. The program requires a total of 60 semester hours to be selected from the primary and secondary areas described below.

Primary Area: Legal and Justice Studies,

Part I. Core Courses (30 Hours)

This area of study provides breadth of content and general learning within the academic disciplines which are generally acknowledged as most basic to understanding law, society, and legal institutions and culture.

Thirty hours of credit must be selected from the following list of courses, including at least one course selected in at least four different disciplines.

Secondary Area: Legal and Justice Studies

Part II. Analysis, Application, and Work Force Preparation (15 Hours: Secondary Subject)

Courses within this portion of the secondary area provide skills of analysis and evaluation which both promote understanding of the law in action as well as provide an opportunity to apply these skills in the criminal justice setting in the community.

Students must select a minimum of six hours each from Parts A & B, for a total minimum of 15 hours in this broad area.

Part III. Disciplinary Emphasis Area (15 Hours: Secondary Subject)

In consultation with the advisor, students must select a minimum of 15 hours which comprise an academically integrated area of emphasis related to justice studies. Although there is much discretion in how this area of emphasis is created, three general approaches can be suggested:

  • Select an additional 15 hours of credit from any one discipline
  • Select 15 hours from those recommended for existing interdisciplinary studies programs, such as Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies, Women’s Studies, etc.
  • Create an “individualized” course of study which will promote understanding of a specific area of justice studies, i.e., business crime, hate crimes, environmental crime, cross cultural/comparative approaches, jurisprudence, deviance, crimes and corrections, etc.

Distributed Studies Major in Public Administration

Students taking a Distributed Studies major in Public Administration must complete 45 semester hours of required courses (or suitable substitutes) as follows:

Required Primary Subject Courses

Additionally, students must choose, with advice and consent of the chair of the Public Administration Program, an additional 15 semester hours of course work in a primary subject field so that a total of 30 semester hours is accumulated in one primary subject (either economics, political science or sociology).

Recommended Courses

In addition to the above requirements, it is highly recommended that Public Administration students also take as many of the following courses as possible:

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