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University Academic Programs

University of Denver

University Academic Programs

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

Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship & Learning

The Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) provides opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to contribute to the University's dedication to the public good. CCESL's mission—to activate university and community potential through partnership—is realized through programming, events, and funding opportunities that connect faculty, staff, students, and communities. Learn more about CCESL.

First-Year Seminar

The First-Year Seminar (FSEM) Program offers students an introduction to the intellectual life of the University. Offered in the Fall quarter, the small class size provides an in-depth academic experience that is rigorous and engaging. In addition to developing self-motivated academic passion, students can expect to hone the academic skills essential for successful college work.

Each seminar focuses on one or more of the following academic skills: writing, critical reading and thinking, discussion, argumentation and debate, and information literacy. This program enables students to engage with faculty in the exploration of novel and challenging topics, and lays the groundwork for extraordinary academic and personal growth. Learn more about FSEM


Interterm is the period between quarters in which unique on-campus and travel courses are offered in intensive formats to provide students with an alternative approach to learning.

DU faculty create interterm classes that are academically challenging and involve an experiential component. Most students who experience Interterm courses return for additional opportunities to enhance their experience. Learn more about Interterm

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.

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

The Newman Center is a multi-disciplinary arts venue at the University of Denver that provides innovative, diverse, and thought-provoking performance and education opportunities that enable the community to be engaged, inspired, and connected through the arts. Learn more about the Newman Center and its offerings. 

Office of teaching and learning

The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) promotes and supports a culture that values and rewards excellence in teaching and learning by providing a robust array of services for faculty to strengthen their teaching methods, including instructional design support, teaching consultations, faculty learning communities, and technology development consultations and workshops. Learn more about Office of Teaching and Learning.

One Book One DU

As part of our strategic planning initiative, UAP and Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence 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.

Office of the registrar

The Office of the Registrar, an administrative service center for the University of Denver community, takes an active role in assisting students and faculty with registration and advising by providing the tools needed to review academic progress, create class schedules and successfully register for classes. Learn more about the Office of the Registrar. 

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.