Undergraduate Minor in SAHE


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The undergraduate minor in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) is designed to prepare students interested in working in a helping profession, learning about college students and how to best work with them, and gaining knowledge and experience to open up career options in student affairs and higher education administration.
To earn the minor, students must complete 18 credit hours (12 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of electives). Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to earn the minor and all courses must have a grade of C or better.
Schedule time with your academic advisor to officially declare your SAHE minor. The Academic Advising Department updates the Department of Counseling and Human Services with newly declared minors. Academic Advising is located in Main Hall Room 208 (lobby). Phone: (719) 255-3260.
Please contact the SAHE Coordinator within the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations for any questions about the SAHE minor. Call 719-255-4996 or education@uccs.edu to set up an appointment.


  • LEAD 2000: Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education (offered each Fall)
    • In this course, students will receive an introduction to the evolution higher education and the student affairs profession; they will learn how the origins of the field influence current professional practice. The course will explore the values, ethics, and standards of the field, and students will make connections between these philosophies and their own beliefs. The course will explore the role and function of student affairs areas and varying organizational styles. Students will be provided opportunities to explore different career paths in higher education and will be introduced to the skills and competencies needed for the field. They will have the opportunity to explore their leadership and advising skills. Students will also be introduced to student learning and development theories, professional ethics, and the role of professional associations to provide a framework for professionalism.

  • LEAD 3000: How College Students Develop (offered each Fall)
    • In this course students will have an opportunity to examine various theories of student development in higher education to include, racial, sexuality, intellectual, moral, ethical, personality, psychosocial, career development, and more.  College retention theories, as well as environmental factors in persistence and attainment will be explored. Students will also review and discuss contemporary issues and trends related to providing services to various types of students. 

  • LEAD 3010: Diversity and Inclusiveness in Higher Education (offered each Spring)
    • In this course students will examine the current landscape within the field of Student Affairs and Higher Education administration specifically as it relates to diversity and inclusiveness.  Strategies for supporting the engagement of historically marginalized and underrepresented populations within the college and university environment will be explored. Additionally, theories of identity development in college students will be explored using an intersectional approach, with a particular focus on race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and ability. Finally, students will learn approaches to leadership from a multicultural perspective that can be applied to Student Affairs administration. 

  • LEAD 4010: Internship in Student Affairs in Higher Education (offered each Spring)
    • In this course, students will complete a 50-hour internship experience in a para-professional or student leadership position on campus (student success leadership experience, such as Resident Advisor, GPS Junior Teaching Assistant, Orientation Welcome Leader, Student Government Association or Student Organization leadership position, student employment position, etc. Contact Dr. Patty Witkowsky at pwitkows@uccs.edu to confirm if a potential internship site would fulfill the requirement. If you do not have a site, the instructor will assist you in locating one). Students will have the opportunity to apply their leadership skills, understanding of student affairs, and knowledge of student development theory to provide individual and program-level interventions in a practical setting in student affairs. Students will develop an understanding of basic level program assessment and apply it in their program-level intervention. Students will explore the ethical underpinnings of the profession of student affairs and how to employ ethical decision-making in their personal and professional lives. Finally, students will learn how to progress in the field of student affairs through the exploration of educational opportunities and career preparation activities and assignments.


SAHE Minor Handbook

Internship Opportunities

Campus Connections is a service-learning course offered at UCCS to undergraduate students who have relevant education and experience. Undergraduate mentors can expect to earn 3-credits (through LEAD 4010) for their participation in the program and should plan to attend a weekly lab session from 3:00pm-9:00pm. For more information, and to learn how to apply, please visit the Campus Connections website!