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Undergraduate Academic Programs

University of Denver

Undergraduate Academic Programs

We work to enhance the overall undergraduate academic experience by providing support to students and faculty though our programs. Each program offers the opportunity to engage with real world problems and complex issues.

Boettcher Scholars

Since 1952, DU has been home to 321 Boettcher Scholars. DU typically hosts the greatest number of Boettcher Scholars of any eligible institution. Every year we host a Boettcher Open House, which is an event that highlights our individual Scholars and the engaging work they have pursued while at DU. While Scholars are on campus they participate in extensive programming, introduced on the Boettcher Scholar website. Learn more about what we offer our Boettcher Scholars.

Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning

The Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL) provides opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to contribute to the University's dedication to the public good. CCESL has four interconnected community engagement and community organizing initiatives: service, civic development, community-engaged scholarship, and community-engaged learning. Learn more about CCESL.

Living & Learning Communities

The Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) offer students the opportunity to enhance their liberal arts education through themed seminars, residential communities, and opportunities for community engagement. Over 100 students participate in our LLC programming every year. DU hosts five LLCs: Creativity & Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, International, Social Justice, and Wellness. Learn more about the LLC programs.

One Book One DU

As part of our strategic planning initiative, UAP and Student Life have come together to implement a common reading program intended to welcome our incoming students to the University. This program is unique in that students read a book that highlights the importance of stories and storytelling and then students submit a small story of their own as a way to introduce themselves to their orientation group. The book selection is intended to help us reflect on our backgrounds and personal values, and to explore our personal and social identities. We do this to wrestle with the challenges and rewards of building a diverse and inclusive community. Learn more about One Book One DU.

Pioneer Leadership Program

The Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP) is a four-year living and learning academic community that offers students the opportunity to learn, live, and lead within and outside their class cohorts. Students take quarterly leadership-based courses that result in a Leadership Studies minor, live together in a residential community for their first year, and engage in real-world application of their leadership skills though various community initiatives. Learn more about the PLP program.

Undergraduate Research Center

The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) provides educational and financial resources that augment student-led collaborative research scholarship. Every year more than 80 students work with faculty partners across the university and from all majors and departments. They then present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium. Learn more about the URC.

University Honors Program

For students seeking an advanced liberal arts education, through dialogue with peers and faculty on important issues, study abroad at top-tier universities, and completing in-depth work within their majors, the University Honors Program challenges students to engage in critical thinking, creativity, and scholarship through their advanced work. The program offers small classes, community, and opportunities for research and scholarship. Learn more about the University Honors Program.

University Writing Program

The University Writing Program assists students and faculty in developing their academic writing skills and prepare them for academic, professional, and civic life. The program runs DU's Writing Center, which develops the writing abilities of students through one-on-one consultations. The program also develops student and faculty writing through coursework, such as first-year writing courses, advanced seminars, and a writing minor. Learn more about the University Writing Program.