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Liberal arts education is at the heart of the University of Denver. Our faculty, staff and students come together in a shared quest for knowledge of the human condition.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of AHSS

Fall 2014

mcintoshWelcome to a new academic year at the University of Denver. This fall ushers in new beginnings for many of us in the AHSS community. We welcome to campus 366 freshmen who have declared a major in AHSS, 144 graduate students and 27 new faculty members.  It’s an exciting time for me, as well, as I begin my first year as dean for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

It's fun to see our halls bustling again with students. We welcomed our incoming undergraduate students during a week of Discoveries, at which time they registered for classes, met their new roommates, toured the campus and nearby Denver metropolis and more. During Discoveries, these students received a copy of politico Van Jones’s book Rebuild the Dream, this year’s optional AHSS book club selection. Students are invited to attend a lecture by Jones, the 2015 AHSS Distinguished Speaker who presents to the DU community next spring.

I encourage students to join me this fall at upcoming Liberal Arts Advantage events at which you can find an alumni mentor, attend faculty lectures and search for internships and more. I also invite you to attend DU sesquicentennial events in celebration of the University’s 150th birthday.

In June, the University completed the eight-year ASCEND campaign, the most successful fundraising event in DU history. More than 47,000 alumni and friends gave nearly $490 million in support of the University during this period. Of that, $44 million was raised specifically for AHSS programs and scholarships.

Indeed, it’s a great time to be in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Denver. I invite prospective students, parents, alumni and friends to visit our impressive facilities, explore our extensive course offerings and meet the expert memb­­­ers of our academic community.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the members of my office or me if you have any questions or comments.

Take care,
Danny McIntosh, Dean