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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS)



CAHSS is...

We are the largest academic unit on campus with 15 schools and departments and several programs and institutes. Every undergraduate student takes courses in CAHSS.

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


When you choose a CAHSS education, you are saying "yes" to learning the skills of critical thinking, communication and writing, all of which will prepare you for a lifetime of learning and career success.

CAHSS has produced world-class artists, musicians and scholars. Will you be next?


School of Art and Art History
Lamont School of Music


Communication Studies
English and Literary Arts
Languages & Literatures
Media, Film & Journalism Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Sociology & Criminology

Other Areas of Study

Asian Studies 
Center for Judaic Studies 
Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
Emergent Digital Practices
Gender and Women's Studies 
Intercultural Global Studies
Socio-legal Studies  
Urban Studies 


Art Collection Ethics

The Center for Art Collection Ethics (ACE) fosters greater public awareness of ethical art collection stewardship, and promotes art provenance (ownership) research training.


The Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA) re-imagines liberal and creative arts education in a way that demonstrates its applicability and adaptability across sectors, and supports continuous improvement and innovation in scholarship, creation, research, and educational practices.

Judaic Studies

The Center for Judaic Studies advances knowledge of Jewish history, thought and culture. Students can take the Center's courses to earn a minor or concentration in Judaic Studies.

Journalism & New Media

The Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media funds graduate and undergraduate research projects that explore how traditional journalism is changing in the digital age. The Center also holds annual summits and showcases.

Open-Source Arts

The Clinic for Open-Source Arts explores, supports, and celebrates local and global efforts to make free and open-source tools that allow people to be creative with digital technology.

Prison Arts Initiative

The Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI) provides high-quality therapeutic arts programs to incarcerated people in Colorado, with the goal of empowering participants to improve the quality of their lives and prepare to make positive changes in their communities upon release.


The Publishing Institute is an intensive, full-time, four-week, graduate-level course devoted to all aspects of book publishing.