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Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Studying

Welcome to Colorado State University-Pueblo's Extended Studies Independent Study and External Degree Completion program. We are committed to extending some of the best correspondence courses and degree completion programs our University offers to thousands of academically engaged students like you, all over the world, through distance learning.

Our three baccalaureate degree completion programs in Sociology, Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology, and Social Science can be delivered any time and any place according to your individual learning needs. Every one of our 100+ courses, together with our world-class faculty, will help you achieve your higher education goals.

By taking just a single course that may transfer to your degree program at another college or university or taking many courses to earn your degree with us you will be partnering with a fully accredited regional comprehensive public university that is committed to your success.

Join us today and share our University's values of being accountable, promoting civic responsibility, employing a customer focus, promoting freedom of expression, demonstrating inclusiveness and diversity, encouraging and renewing innovation, acting with ingenuity and mutual respect, providing opportunity and access, and supporting excellence in teaching, research and service.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Social Science program, students will:

  • Function as knowledgeable and responsible individual citizens in society.
  • Understand fundamentals of the major disciplinary approaches to the study of social life, including economics, history, sociology, geography, and political science.
  • Comprehend modern social institutions and coming changes and conflicts within those institutions.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and appreciation for the cultural and ethnic diversity of modern society.
Extended Learning

Flexible Learning with Extended Learning

Need more flexibility? Enroll year-round in Extended Learning, self-paced correspondence courses, with extended completion times for some students. Most students* have six months to complete courses through web or print-based assignments.

*Students using financial aid or third party pay may have shorter completion timelines.

Need help deciding which option might be right for you?

Learn by Term

Self-Paced Learning

Combine the advantages of self-paced correspondence courses with web-based tools in Learn by Term courses to complete your course work in 12-16 weeks. Courses follow the traditional semester schedule and are financial aid eligible for those who qualify. 
Important Term Dates

Click Term Dates for the current and upcoming semester dates.

Fast Facts

Up-to-Date Course Information

Click on the Fast Facts Guide for the most up-to-date course information.

Effective Fall 2016: Tuition is now $175 per credit hour.

Please note not all courses are available each semester. If the course you are attempting to register for is not available in a given term, you will be contacted by the Extended Studies office to assist you in amending your registration.

For forms related to registrations and proctoring rules, visit our Student Services page.

Important Note to Students Using Financial Aid:

Please be aware that if you are using the Pell grant to pay for your courses, your aid will not be disbursed until you have completed 50% of your course. ALL financial aid students should check with Financial Aid (719.549.2753) to determine when they must have their courses completed.

You can now View/Print the 2016-2017 Independent Study catalog.


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