MSU Offering New Courses in Continuing Education

MSU Denver’s LearnOn continuing education program tackles the big issues of the day: immigration and Latino concerns, prison reform, the Middle East, discovering planets and journeying to space.

Four of the 14 courses that are being offered this fall are especially timely and topical based on current issues in the Colorado and national news.

Immigration and other Latina/o issues are hot-button topics in the current election discussions. Therefore, there is a great need to offer accurate information to the public on these very important issues. MSU Denver has been in the local forefront by being the first Colorado university to offer in-state tuition to non-resident Colorado students and has been named one of the top universities enrolling Latino students. MSU Denver is also a leader in the attempt to become an Hispanic Serving Institution.

Christina Sigala has taught over a decade in Departments of Social Work and Chicano Studies and has a passion to teach in this content area. “From Indigenous Peoples to Latina/os: The Journey” will be taught as part of the LearnOn program over a four-week period (Wednesday evenings, 6-8 pm, November 18, December 2, 9, 16).

The recent Denver trials of James Holmes and Dexter Lewis have inspired new interest in jury decision-making, the death penalty, and appropriate punishments. Dr. Rebecca Trammell, professor of Criminal Justice at MSU Denver, and an expert on prison culture and violence, will teach “Prison Culture and Restorative Justice” – December 2, 9 – 6-8 pm, Wednesday evenings.

Everyone knows that the Middle East is a powder-key and no country is more important to the future of the Middle East than Egypt. Egypt has undergone significant changes in recent years and Dr. Shaun Schafer, professor of journalism at MSU Denver, has been there on teaching assignment to Cairo and Alexandria. He has traveled the country from the Aswan Dam north to the Mediterranean Sea and across the Suez Canal through the Sinai. He was there in Spring 2013 when students rioted at the University of Cairo. He will be teaching as part of LearnOn a class he has entitled “More than Pharaohs: Egypt in the 21st Century” on Wednesday evenings, 6-8 pm, October 28, November 4, 18.

MSU Denver’s Aviation and Aerospace Science program has been recently rated as one of the best in the nation. With renewed interest in the NASA fly-by of Pluto and the space program, MSU Denver is situated, with its new multi-million dollar Aerospace and Engineering Science Building scheduled for groundbreaking in a few weeks, to have an integral role in flight and space. MSU Denver is fortunate to have on its aviation faculty a retired Air Force officer with 40 years’ experience in space and missile operations. Jose Lopez has put together an exciting LearnOn class, “Journey to Space,” that will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6-8 pm, October 14, 21, 28, November 4.

Registration for these classes is online at The cost for each class is $10 per class hour.
To arrange for an interview with any of the above four LearnOn professors, call Mary Ann Watson, Ph.D., Director of LearnOn at 303-556-3657 or e-mail at

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