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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS)


Become a Pioneer


For every student, there's a different reason to love DU.

Admission & Student Programs

Liberal Arts Advantage

The Liberal Arts Advantage (LAA) is a program to support Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences students by enriching your intellectual life beyond the classroom.

Learn what these alums have to say about a liberal arts education:

"I only like to hire people with a well-rounded background"

Who We Are


AHSS students and faculty dedicate themselves to the liberal arts lifestyle, becoming culturally engaged and informed citizens invested in the public good.


The Liberal Arts Advantage is a program steeped in the five values of the University of Denver (excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity and inclusiveness) that supports Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences students by welcoming students to our academic community, enriching their intellectual life beyond the classroom and helping them articulate the value of a liberal arts education.

What Does LAA Offer You?

The LAA program helps AHSS students discover and learn to articulate the meaning and value of a liberal arts education. We do this in three ways:

  • LAA invites you to academic and intellectual experiences outside of the classroom.
  • Events
  • Grants and Research Opportunities
  • Student Groups: Student Advisory Council, Graduate Students of the Four Faculties

LAA has partnered with the office of career services to help you apply your liberal arts skills to your career.

  • Courses to Careers event series (RSVP here)
  • Career Services
  • Graduate Career Services
  • AHSS Mentorship program

LAA offers advising to AHSS students.

  • Incoming freshman and transfer students have FSEM advisors to provide you with guidance as you adjust to being a DU pioneer. Once you declare a major, you will be notified of your academic advisor. But if you need special advising, LAA is here for you.
  • Make an appointment with Ginni Ishimatsu, associate dean of undergraduate studies and director of the Liberal Arts Advantage program.

Grants for Current AHSS Students

2015 Summer Internship Grant provides funding to AHSS students enrolled in for-credit internships in summer 2015. Up to three students will receive up to $3,000 each. Funded by the AHSS Dean's Fund for Excellence. The internship must be for academic credit within AHSS. Deadline for submission is April 17, 2015.

2015 Humanities Institute Student Travel and Research Grant makes possible research and/or creative endeavors for AHSS students who would otherwise face cost-prohibitive travel or research expenses. Funding provided by a gift from the Humanities Institute. Up to four students will receive up to $1,250 each. Deadline for submission is April 17, 2015.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 303-871-4020.

Courses to Careers Events

As an AHSS student, you will learn the skills and techniques to get the experience to apply for a position of your dreams.  See current Courses to Careers Events.