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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.

Meet the AHSS-SAC Officers for AY 2013-2014

Josh Wehe, President

Year: Fourth
Majors: Philosophy and International StudiesJosh SAC President

Why is a liberal arts education important to you?

Faced with this question multiple times each day as I defend philosophy as my major, a liberal arts education gives an individual the ability to ponder the deepest questions facing humanity, whether they be epistemological, ontological, or simply, natural. The liberal arts background, in my experience, develops a concrete, unique cerebral foundation, most often times interdisciplinary, that is used every day simply living life.

Hayden Johnson, VP of Alumni Relations

Year: Third
Major: History Hayden SAC VP

Why is a liberal arts education important to you?

Liberal Arts education is important to me because it gives me to opportunity to expand my mind in ways that a more structured education system might not accomplish. Studying under a Liberal Arts education has given me the opportunity to not only learn information from a book or a lecture, but also has provided me with the ability to more importantly learn how to think and process this information. With a Liberal Arts education, I am afforded the possibility of being able to think for myself and truly process how I want to decipher information, which allows it to be relevant to me in many avenues of my educational experience.

Christian Allen, VP of Communication and Social Media

Year: Fourth Christian SAC VP
Majors: Political Science and International Studies

Why is a liberal arts education important to you?

A liberal arts education is about much more than simply learning facts and dates, it's about knowing how to perceive and understand the world in which we live. When I look back on the courses I have taken through AHSS, I see a diverse range of subjects that, taken as a whole, have greatly expanded my thinking and given me the intellectual capabilities to see between the lines of any given topic. No matter where I end up, I will be able to draw on these experiences, and that, I believe, is the true merit of a liberal arts education.

Zac Stevens, VP of Finance

Year: Fourth
Major: Political Science  zac sac

Rose Ermer, VP of Programming and Events

Year: Fourth rose sac
Major: Art History

Why is a liberal arts education important to you?

Liberal arts education is important to me because I believe that it is fundamental in creating a well-rounded collegiate environment. Liberal arts majors are preparing themselves for many diverse careers while focusing on self-expression and critical thinking. I believe that these traits are untapped resources on DU's campus.

Congratulations to our incoming 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.

If you have any questions regarding the AHSS Student Advisory Council, please do not hesitate to contact SAC Advisor Stacey Stevens. We would love to hear from you!

SAC Officer Meetings

All students are welcome to attend SAC officer meetings.