Expanding the Limits of the Liberal Arts
From service-learning courses and entrepreneurial projects to open-source technologies and dynamic degree support, our programs go beyond the routine. We’re inventing new models of learning, including cluster courses, experiential learning opportunities and projects that cross disciplines.
Our initiatives provide opportunities for faculty and students to work together toward deep, specialized inquiry and explore the nuances beyond typical one-size-fits-all undergraduate tracks. It’s all part of our reimagined vision for what a creative and liberal arts education can be.
Where Discoveries HappenResearch Centers & Institutes
Micro-credential Initiatives in Psychology
The Department of Psychology is developing a set of micro-credentials that build on existing coursework and demonstrate workforce-relevant skills in one of three tracks. Students who are accepted into this program will complete three courses related to diversity and inclusion, data-informed decision-making or mental health, as well as work with a professor on an experiential project and create a shareable portfolio product.
Career-Focused Outlet for Student Expertise
DU Media is a faculty-led, student-run media organization based in the Media, Film and Journalism Studies Department. DU Media supports students in creating a range of media content including short narrative films, documentaries, written features, podcasts and other digital media. In addition, DU Media takes part in regional and national student media competitions. The organization also offers video support services to the University, such as event coverage, social media videos and promotions.
Photography and Community Engagement (PACE)
Students Engaging Community through Art
PACE promotes and facilitates multidisciplinary collaborations that incorporate photography as the primary medium for exploration, exhibition, education and visual literacy. Incorporating students as operators, managers and users, PACE is designed to provide the facilities and resources necessary to fulfill all phases of multidisciplinary community projects. This includes the photographic image — from conception to exhibition — on campus and out in the world.
Sacred Sounds and Social Justice
Student Research Paired with Community Impact
The Spirituals Project is a multicultural and multigenerational community choir housed in the Lamont School of Music. Its mission includes performance, social justice and education. This project builds greater engagement with DU students through a community-engaged learning course that explores music as well as interdisciplinary research and a keystone experience engaging with The Spirituals Project.