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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS)


Become a Pioneer


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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.

Courses to Careers: Putting Your AHSS Degree to Work

Courses to Careers is an event series for AHSS students that assists you in developing a career using your liberal arts degree. Learn more and register for these events.

Why Study Within AHSS?

AHSS students share a common passion for human expression, understanding, identity, and activity as they evolve collectively and individually, across time and space. Our award-winning faculty members incorporate their national and international research and creative endeavors into the classroom to enhance your learning experience.

As an AHSS student, you will learn the theories and techniques of your field as well as the skills to:

Think critically

Omar Gudino, assistant professor of psychology, is working to understand and meet the needs of children and adolescents who are at high risk of developing emotional and behavioral problems due to exposure to trauma or other forms of adversity. Gudino and his colleagues in the Services for At-Risk Youth and Families (SAYF) research lab at the University of Denver work in partnership with local human services agencies to develop treatment options that meet the mental health needs of high risk youth.

Communicate effectively

Mark Dodge (MA '00, anthropology) has loved museums since he was a kid, and today he has found a career to match this passion as the Exhibit & Collections Curator for Golden History Museums. He enjoys getting out into the community and speaking with residents, documenting their stories and building the museum collection of artifacts and photos. "Everyone has a story to tell or something to share and museums may be one of the few places still willing to listen," said Dodge.

Gain knowledge to forge new ideas

Two DU students have used their past experiences and academic interests to develop a research project that has allowed them to study different cultures on multiple continents. Sam Estenson and Hannah Parkes have conducted their research for over a year. "The research we have completed so far has given me deeper insights into the global atmosphere through the lenses of languages and the cultures of these countries, which is fascinating," Parkes said.

Adapt to different cultures and increase intercultural skills

As an undergrad studying abroad in Ecuador, Alison Krögel, associate professor of Spanish, learned quickly that if she wanted to communicate with Ecuadorians throughout the region, she needed to learn the most commonly spoken indigenous language. Not Spanish, but Quechua, a language spoken by 10-12 million people throughout the Andes of South America. Krögel began studying Quechua both in graduate school and at the Centro Bartolomé de las Casas in Cusco, Peru. Her interest in the Quechua language and culture has led to a career focus on the Andean region.

Contribute meaningfully

Wendy Low is a proponent for social justice. It's not a passing interest, but a lifelong passion that was ignited when she joined her first cause at the age of ten. Today, Low continues to advocate for social justice as president of Never Again!, a student group that promotes awareness of the Holocaust and atrocities of genocide to the DU community.