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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS)


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Liberal arts education is at the heart of the University of Denver.

Student Advisory Council (SAC)


 What is the purpose of AHSS-SAC?

The purpose of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Student Advisory Council is:

  • To facilitate communication and relationships between Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences students and faculty through event programming and professional events;
  • To foster increased awareness and visibility of the AHSS identity;
  • To develop a student voice in AHSS event programming;
  • To be actively engaged in improving AHSS student spirit and university school spirit as a collective whole.

Our officers for 2014-2015

Kristen Powell, President

Year: Second
Major: Sociology

kristenpowellWhy is a liberal arts education important to you?

While I think all areas of education are important, Liberal Arts education most effectively represents the people, promoting collaboration among its departments and capitalizing on the passions of individuals. Social advancements in this area represent people and communities in ways that best communicate how developed and polyvalent people really are. 

Neda Kikhia, VP of Alumni Relations

Year: Second
Major: Religious Studies

nedaWhy is a liberal arts education important to you?

A liberal arts education has broadened my knowledge and views through the very diverse curriculum I've been exposed to. Each time I take a new topic, I'm exposed to a whole other way of looking at the same things. Through a diverse knowledge and experiences, I'm better equipped to make more knowledgeable decisions and understand topics and views that I've never heard of before. 

Gabrielle Healy, VP of Communication and Social Media

Year: Second 
Majors: Anthropology

gabriellehealyWhy is a liberal arts education important to you?

Liberal arts is about learning how to understand others. It is connecting ideas and concepts the hard sciences and math cannot understand through raw data. It is about learning new perspectives from old documents, conducting field research and interviews. It is thinking critically and combining information in new ways to expand knowledge and make a difference. 

Charlotte "Carter" Brasch, VP of Finance

Year: Second
Major: Socio-Legal Studies 

carterbraschWhy is a liberal arts education important to you?

Unlike the natural sciences, which gear themselves more towards innovation, creation, and relentless growth, the liberal arts mark a more historic approach to learning. George Santayana coined the expression that "those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." This being said, I believe that the liberal arts as an area of study epitomizes these words: without a keen understanding of topics such as sociology, political science, and religion, how can we as students learn to think and communicate as individuals outside the classroom and to function as denizens of a sophisticated and contemporary world?

Zachary Sanfillipo, VP of Finance 

Year: First
Major: Political Science

zacharysanfillippoWhy is a liberal arts education important to you?

It's important to me because it is a safeguard of our culture. Science and technology, while undoubtedly important, cannot be allowed to eclipse poetry, art, music. These, with no scientific benefit, do something science can never hope to accomplish--they give us identity. And moreover, the liberal arts let us nurture that most powerful tool on earth--the imagination. No scientist, no mathematician is without creativity, without imagination. And to give them that, we have the liberal arts. 

Hannah Szabo, VP of Programming and Events

Year: Second
Major: International Studies

hannahszaboWhy is a liberal arts education important to you?

I highly value a liberal arts education for many reasons. A student of liberal arts learns skills that directly correspond to success at the work place as well as other areas of life. Decision making skills, the ability to think critically and creatively, effective oral and written communication, and ethical judgment are among the skills liberal arts students master. Essentially a liberal arts education makes for a well-rounded person which is why it is important to me.

SAC Officer Meetings
All students are welcome to attend SAC officer meetings.