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When you take classes in CAHSS, you join DU's largest and most diverse academic unit. You'll gain the skills and hands-on experience necessary to succeed across disciplines in today's ever-changing global society.

Letter from the Dean

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences promotes learning, ignites critical thought, unleashes creativity, and drives our students to engage with DU, our local communities and beyond. Seeing all that our students, faculty, and staff do makes it tremendously fun to be dean.

We are artists, musicians, scholars, teachers, researchers, and scientists. Our faculty work alongside students and alumni to produce award-winning documentary films. Our students take their coursework into the community to empower women in the workplace. Our researchers put their knowledge into practice to offer low-cost mental health care for Denver families.

Our work influences every undergraduate on campus and over 300 graduate students.

Business students take history courses with our scholars whose study of maps has national influence. Engineering students take anthropology courses with our researchers who consult with organizations around the world on ground-penetrating radar. Math and science students take art courses with practicing artists who helped design a local amusement park ride.

We are national leaders in what it means to be a college of liberal and creative arts. Last year, the College received a $5 million commitment from John Madden, Jr. to support the John Madden Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts, renamed in his honor. The Center also received $250,000 in funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop five innovative faculty-led startup initiatives; these will serve the community, unleash creativity, and improve the student experience by developing opportunities for our students to engage in Keystone experiences.

We are committed to providing our students with the high-impact experiences that they want and that prepare them for future careers. We provide resources and support our students as they take on internships, research and travel. Students like Zach Thanasilangkul who used a research grant to better understand actionable steps toward lifting marginalized communities out of oppression and poverty in Cleveland, Ohio. And, we see our students go on to make meaningful contributions to their communities as alumni.

Our College is at the heart of DU’s commitment to the public good. We are proud to see our students, alumni, faculty and staff carry forward this commitment through their work. Stay up to date on CAHSS news and events; follow us on Facebook and Instagram. I look forward to seeing you on campus or at one of our many events in Denver and across the country.

Danny McIntosh, Dean

Deans

 
Daniel McIntosh

Daniel McIntosh

Dean

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Ingrid Tague

Ingrid Tague

Professor and Associate Dean

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Kristy Firebaugh

Assistant Dean, Academics & Communications

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A Strategic Vision for Our Future

See how we're reimagining creative and liberal arts education with our Keystone Strategic Plan.

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Inclusive Excellence

Just as we draw strength from the variety of programs and disciplines in our College, the diversity of our students, faculty and staff benefits the entire community. Find out what we're doing to encourage equity and support all members of the College in pursuit of educational excellence.

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What's Happening at CAHSS

John Madden
John Madden Jr. Commits $5 Million

The University received a $5 million commitment from local real estate developer and philanthropist John Madden, Jr. to support the Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts.

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Kevin Willmott
Oscar Winner Comes to DU

Screenwriter Kevin Willmott brought the "BlacKkKlansman" to campus in April for a screening and Q&A session with DU students. The DU newsroom caught up with him before the screening to talk about his background and his work on the film.

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meow wolf ride
Faculty Design Meow Wolf Ride

Meow Wolf recruited a half dozen Denver artists to work on a new ride at Elitch Gardens, including DU faculty members Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman

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