The Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) was founded in November 1858 in US. Previously Metropolitan State University of Denver was founded in 1965 as an opportunity school. The institution was located in one of the oldest areas of Denver. The institution had the second-largest enrollment of undergraduates of any college in Colorado. With 56 majors and 82 minors, the college is noted for a wide array of liberal arts and science programs as well as teacher education, business, aviation, and criminal justice programs. On June 7, 2002, Gov. Bill Owens signed House Bill 1165 – Concerning the Establishment of an Independent Governing Board for Metropolitan State College of Denver – and named his appointees to Metro State’s Board of Trustees. The Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees on March 9, 2011 approved a legislative proposal to change the institutions name to "Denver State University" following a vote among students and faculty. Metro State offers 55 major fields of study and 90 minors and awards Bachelor of Science, bachelor of music, Bachelor of Arts and bachelor of fine arts degrees.