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Our programs are deep, broad, and multi-disciplinary, giving students the knowledge and skills necessary to flourish personally and professionally during and after college. Through hands-on experience working closely with faculty, participating in community-engaged projects or completing internships, students have the opportunity to share their voice, take a stand, lead and deliver results.

With options for dual-degree, joint and interdisciplinary programs, as well as minors, we encourage students to collaborate and develop their own educational journey through multiple disciplines. Explore our programs and plan the next steps into your future.

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Your major is your chosen academic discipline, typically requiring four years of study. In addition to taking classes related to your field, you’ll take liberal arts courses designed to diversify your learning and ensure you come out of college a well-rounded individual prepared for various professional pursuits. Some students choose their major immediately upon beginning school, while others decide after spending time determining the direction they wish to follow.
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A minor is a student’s secondary academic discipline. It requires a set framework of classes, though it’s less intensive than a major. Minors can either complement a major or give the student the opportunity to study a field in which they’re interested but do not wish to pursue as a major.
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Anthropology

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in anthropology takes a holistic approach to the study of human physical and cultural difference across time and space. An interdisciplinary field, anthropology draws on expertise from across the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences at DU. 

You'll gain research skills and knowledge of ethical stewardship through courses centered around social change, human rights, environmental issues, material culture, technology, science and more. You can garner distinction in the major by specializing in one of its core areas of study: archaeology, cultural anthropology, and museum and heritage studies. 

Faculty across the department are committed to hands-on, experiential learning that goes beyond the classroom and into the laboratory, museum, gallery and field settings. DU's own Museum of Anthropology serves as a public-facing, community-engaged space for you to gain real-world experience. 

In our labs and museums, you can hone professional skills, from interviewing, surveying and photography, to conservation, exhibition design and project management. 

Graduates go on to pursue careers in research, cultural heritage management, museum work, public health, environmental conservation, education, foreign policy, and human rights and advocacy.

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Art

BA, Minor

About this Program

Students who receive a BA from DU's renowned art program develop a well-rounded foundation in the practices and history of visual art. We offer broad education and training in art techniques, theory and criticism, and you'll gain experience with a range of media from painting to ceramics. Meanwhile, you'll develop valuable historical context as you work to find your artistic voice. Upper-level electives allow you to specialize in whatever captivates you, whether that's portrait photography or screen printing.

As part of this major, you're required to complete a minor or an additional major. This flexibility allows you to acquire relevant skills in related areas across the university. Students who earn a BA can double major in journalism to prepare for a career in media or advertising, in art history to prepare for a curatorial career, or even in business for a career in nonprofit arts management. Many alumni have gone on to pursue graduate study or employment in a range of art-related fields. 

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Art History

BA, Minor

About this Program

Explore the rich history of artistic expression with a BA in art history. As a student, you’ll extend your critical thinking skills through engaging coursework while diving into your own unique areas of interest. Whether you take a course on Islamic mosques, Medieval saints or women and art, you'll explore how the visual arts reflect and shape cultures. We’ll help you combine classroom skills with career-relevant experience to form a diverse, solid and professional skill set.

Denver’s many art institutions allow us to offer both academic knowledge and hands-on experience. Students frequently work on projects at the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Students also have access to employment, volunteer and classroom opportunities at the University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery and the Madden Museum of Fine Art.

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Art History

BA + MA

About this Program

Our accelerated dual-degree program allows advanced undergraduate art history majors to simultaneously pursue bachelor's and master's degrees. During their junior year, students can apply for one of the limited spaces in this competitive program under the guidance of their Art History Advisor. You'll develop a deep and refined understanding of how art shapes and reflects cultures on individual and societal levels. You'll have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, curators and visiting artists as you explore historical periods and cultures. The program culminates in a master's level research project.

Upon program completion, students can pursue further graduate studies or work in fields such as education, curation, publishing and more. An optional concentration in Museum Studies opens up further employment options in museums and galleries.

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Asian Studies

BA, Minor

About this Program

The University of Denver's BA in Asian studies gives students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge critical for careers with Asian connections, from working in export businesses or international law to government service or education. You'll learn about the cultures, history and languages of Asia, with a particular focus on China and Japan, along with the politics, religions and economies of East and South Asia. In addition, you'll immerse yourself in an Asian language with at least two years of language courses and are encouraged to study in Asia for up to one year.

The academic training that program majors receive is competitive with similar programs at peer institutions across the U.S., providing a firm basis for applying to graduate programs. Training can prepare majors for a wide range of careers, as American university graduates who are skilled in Asian languages and cultures rank among the most desirable employees for many public- and private-sector organizations.

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Chinese

Minor

About this Program

Delve into the world's most commonly spoken language while exploring a vibrant, varied culture. Our Chinese classes are designed to develop your writing and speaking skills and expand your knowledge of Chinese culture, history, film and literature.

Students frequently pair the Chinese minor with a major in international business or international studies to pursue careers that cross political and economic boundaries. We offer study abroad opportunities, with programs in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing for students who have completed two years of language study.

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Communication Studies

BA, Minor

About this Program

Communication matters: from interactions with communities and cultures to work presentations to participation in democracy, communication plays a crucial role in shaping the world around us. By pursuing a BA in communication studies, you'll hone your practical communication skills as you lay the foundation for ethical and effective communication.

Our courses explore the role of communication in fostering high-quality human relations in interpersonal, organizational, cultural and public contexts. With flexible requirements and optional paths in Relational and Family Communication, Communication and Culture, Rhetoric and Communication Ethics or Organizational Communication, you are able to customize your experience to align with your interests and career goals. 

Employers actively seek the career skills our students develop, including integrity, leadership, teamwork and the ability to analyze information and articulate ideas. Graduates pursue careers in fields as wide ranging as education, law, business, public relations, advertising, social work and human resources. 

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Composition

BM

About this Program

The bachelor of music in composition offers aspiring composers rigorous training in composition, harmony, counterpoint, analysis, conducting, orchestration and digital audio. The high ratio of performance majors to composition majors at Lamont means composers have many opportunities to hear their music. For students interested in digital audio, our state-of-the-art recording studio is wired to every performance and rehearsal space, allowing students to graduate with a diverse portfolio of digitally recorded works.

This selective program provides a conservatory-level education within a vibrant liberal arts university experience. Pursuing a music education pushes students to develop creative thinking, discipline, the capacity to collaborate and emotional intelligence. Thanks to these abilities and developed skills, students can leave prepared for careers inside and outside of music.

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Criminology

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in criminology provides you with the foundation to think critically about crime, law and justice. In addition to learning theory and methods, you'll examine structural foundations of crime, deviance and social control.

Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows professors to advise you according to your individual passions and career goals. As you develop specific areas of interest, you can delve deeper into the creation and application of criminal law, the causes of crime or societal responses to lawbreaking.  Your exploration of these topics can culminate in a senior thesis.

Majors often go on to law or graduate school, or pursue careers in social- and human-service occupations related to criminal, juvenile and social justice. Others pursue graduate study in criminology, law and other social sciences.

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Critical Race & Ethnic Studies

Minor

About this Program

A minor in critical race and ethnic studies challenges you to examine race and ethnicity in today's social, political and cultural contexts. We offer dynamic courses that unpack the history of race relations both in the U.S. and globally. Throughout your studies, you're encouraged to build on intersectional critical theory in the classroom by practicing ethically engaged citizenship.

A deep understanding of race and ethnicity studies provides excellent training for careers in areas like business and law, education, journalism and the arts, social work and nonprofits, government and public policy agencies, and science and technology fields.

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Economics

BA, Minor

About this Program

With our BA in economics, you'll build an in-depth understanding of economic growth and development locally, nationally and globally. Faculty challenge you to think critically as you research social and government policy alternatives and apply your findings both inside and outside the classroom.

In this major, you can investigate the environmental impact of economic activities and study the relationship between financial markets and the economy. Emphasizing conceptual understandings in addition to quantitative skills, we challenge you to explore new theories through heterodox economics. You can analyze economic structural changes and learn theories of business cycles, as well as investigate the choices and consequences of government policy alternatives. Once you've narrowed down an area of interest, you can complete an honors thesis.

Our program prepares students for a variety of careers in business, banking, government and education. Graduates hold positions in private industry and government as leaders, consultants or advisors. Economics is also a good foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in law, business and international studies.

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Emergent Digital Practices

BFA, Minor

About this Program

The BFA in emergent digital practices (EDP) lets you explore new artistic possibilities enabled by the rise of digital media. In this major, you'll push the boundaries of how art is created, presented and used as a tool for the benefit of society.

You'll work in a range of disciplines and explore advanced visual media, sound design and software architecture. A historical examination of art will give you the background you need to harness the full potential of these technologies.

The BFA focuses on the creation and performance of your own original works, and emphasizes community engagement in galleries, museums, festivals and other public spaces. 

Graduates go on to careers in areas such as art and sound design, app development, game design and arts management. Since you can tailor your degree with specialized electives in subjects such as 3D Modeling and Advanced Video Art, there are a wide range of tech and artistic careers ahead.

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Emergent Digital Practices

BA, Minor

About this Program

Creatively shape the future of media with a BA in emergent digital practices (EDP). Our EDP program brings together art, design, media, culture and technology studies in a hands-on, collaborative environment. 

You'll learn principles of creative software development, sound design and visual presentation, along with essential skills required to navigate a career in tech or the arts. A BA in emergent digital practices positions you to succeed as an art director, game developer or software architect, among many other positions.

The BA focuses on emerging digital technologies as a broader cultural phenomenon that intersects with a range of other areas of study and career fields. EDP invites students to work together to develop strategies and processes for addressing interdisciplinary topics. Together, EDP faculty and students strive to pioneer new forms of art, experiences, media and ways of knowing.

The EDP minor is a strong addition to a number of majors, including computer science and game development. Minor students build a broad foundation in the digital arts, while also creating their own pathway as they focus on a topic of their choice, such as the Internet, performance or expanded cinema.

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English and Literary Arts

BA, Minor

About this Program

In our BA program, you'll engage historical and contemporary texts in depth, while also developing critical and creative writing experience. 

You'll hone interpretive skills by connecting words on the page to broader social, economic, cultural and political conditions. And you'll not only read texts, but craft your own, with opportunities to write poetry, long-form essays, short stories and research-driven projects. Our program offers concentrations in literary studies, creative writing or English education.

Outside the classroom, gain hands-on experience managing, editing and publishing with Foothills, the undergraduate literary journal. Or intern with our partner, Tethered Letters, to hone publishing and editing techniques. You can also take these skills beyond campus by studying abroad.

Our BA in English develops critical thinking, reading and writing abilities essential to graduate studies and a wide range of careers. Writing-based roles in publishing, marketing, law, non-profits and technology are ever-expanding. We offer specific programs in publishing, education and professional writing to help you develop these career skillsets.

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Film Studies and Production

BA, Minor

About this Program

With a BA in Film Studies and Production, you'll be a critical observer and producer of our culture's most powerful media art forms: film and video. In our program, you'll learn the history, theory, production and criticism of motion picture arts, as well as develop a hands-on understanding of the film industry.

Our curriculum covers everything from script treatments and screenwriting, to technical skills in lighting, editing and sound design, to the consequences and ethical implications of different stylistic approaches to film. 

This program is designed to help you excel in the fast-paced, highly competitive film industry. After graduating, you can apply your creative and analytical abilities across many sectors, including entertainment, education, media, health imaging, marketing and communications.

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French and Francophone Studies

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in French and Francophone Studies hones your speaking, reading and translation skills, while deepening your understanding of French-speaking cultures around the world. 

By studying literature and film, and by engaging in conversations with faculty and classmates, you'll receive an immersive language experience. Take these studies a step further by completing a senior thesis in French.

Outside the classroom, you can join the DU Francophone Club (French Club), explore internship opportunities, or study abroad in places like France, Senegal, Madagascar, Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland and Morocco. 

Our graduates go on to become artists, teachers, computer programmers, translators, NGO directors and lawyers. And, with French-speaking Canada as the United States' most important export market, French speakers have opportunities to excel in global commerce.

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Gender and Women's Studies

BA, Minor

About this Program

Are you eager to explore the the role that gender plays in the construction of identities and the social and political organization of society and culture? Our students unpack gender, race, sexuality, class and disability and the impact they have on our communities. Our cross-disciplinary program offers a vibrant and rigorous course of study in this important and growing field.

As you advance through the program, you'll find various opportunities for internships, awards and study abroad. Upon graduating, many students pursue graduate studies in fields such as law, medicine, social work or education. Others choose to skip the academic route and launch a career in a variety of public service or private industry roles, including health, counseling, government, community work, politics, business, social services, spiritual leadership, environment, media and the arts.

This program includes exploration of the following areas:

  • History of the varied and changing ways that societies have defined gender.
  • Theory of how Women’s Studies, Queer Studies and Gender Studies have developed.
  • Institutions and power of how gender identity is constructed.
  • Intersectionality of gender identities, recognizing that gender cannot be studied in isolation from social structures.
  • Rhetoric of how gender definitions and roles are expressed in linguistic structures.

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German

BA, Minor

About this Program

If you're interested in the language, culture and history of Germany, our BA in German offers an academic pathway toward language immersion and employment opportunities at home and abroad. When taken as a major, the German program complements language study with courses in German literature and film as well as contextual study of the nation's history.

German is used in political dealings across national boundaries and is equally prevalent in global commerce. With a degree in German, you'll have access to a range of career opportunities in international business and relations. Additionally, you'll be able to deepen your education by immersing yourself in German language and culture through one of our many study abroad programs.

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Hebrew

Minor

About this Program

The study of the Hebraic tradition, one of the pillars of modern Western civilization, has a wide range of practical and artistic applications. Students looking to supplement their knowledge of history, archaeology and anthropology can bolster their studies through familiarity with the Hebrew language and Jewish culture.

Study abroad opportunities give students the chance to practice their language skills and engage with the cultural and historical sites they explore in the classroom. Israel's prominence on the world stage makes the minor particularly useful to journalism, business and international studies majors.

The Center for Judaic Studies partners with us to provide a minor in Judaic studies with a Hebrew emphasis. Learn more about this option on the Judaic Studies minor program page.

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History

BA, Minor

About this Program

A BA in history exposes you to the breadth of human experience. It's a pursuit of knowledge that combines the thrill of discovery with deep critical thinking, all while emphasizing hands-on experience. We offer opportunities to explore multiple geographical regions and chronological periods, with the ability to focus on those that align with your interests and passions. Our small class sizes encourage lively discussion and enable working closely with faculty. With resources at your fingertips, you're empowered to present original research by your senior year. 

History majors acquire a wide range of highly relevant skills—such as analytical writing, critical thinking, evidence examination and interpretation—that prepare you for a variety of careers. Many of our history grads hold positions in business, law, museums, education, nonprofit research and as graduate candidates.

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Intercultural Global Studies

Minor

About this Program

Our interconnected world has made cross-cultural understanding and empathy crucial to success. The minor in Intercultural Global Studies (IGS) helps you expand your critical and analytical skills and apply them to coursework across multiple academic disciplines

IGS emphasizes connecting classroom study to real-world engagement through service learning, study abroad and field study. As part of the minor, you'll immerse yourself in community work domestically or abroad through an internship. As a capstone of the minor, you'll participate in a mini conference, which gives you a platform to share your insights with other scholars and professionals.

The skills you'll develop both inside and outside the classroom will empower you to pursue careers in a variety of globally minded organizations in areas such as nonprofit humanitarian work, international and intercultural education, or community activism.

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Italian

BA, Minor

About this Program

The ability to function in more than one language and culture is an asset in today's global society. In the Italian major, you'll study the Italian language and its manifestations in history as well as cultural studies from the past to the present. Our faculty work closely with students to build an understanding of the relationship between language and culture.

Any language study requires immersion, and we offer study abroad options that support a variety of interests. You can study language in Perugia, learn about business in Milan and Turin, or enhance your understanding of Italian art in Florence. You'll finish the Italian degree with the necessary linguistic and cultural background to pursue prestigious fellowships or attend graduate school in Italian Studies. You'll also gain a foundation of experience to achieve professional goals in the world of business, international relations and education.

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Japanese

Minor

About this Program

The Japanese minor gives you insight into intercultural understanding and communication. Our courses strengthen your global perspective by giving you a foundational knowledge of Japan's linguistic, social, cultural and economic impacts on the world.

Community events and Japanese clubs on DU's campus provide support and engagement with Japanese language and culture. Study abroad opportunities in Nagasaki, Nagoya, Osaka and elsewhere mean you can immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Japan.

After graduation, Japanese students find careers in fields like finance, business and education. Alumni of the minor have participated in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program and have won the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship for Japanese.

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Jazz Studies

BM

About this Program

The bachelor of music in jazz studies provides professional training in all aspects of jazz music. Our faculty of artist-teachers is dedicated to expanding your creativity while providing the experience and knowledge necessary to build a career in jazz.

In today's jazz industry, musical versatility and diversity is key. With ensemble offerings, classes, guest artists, and a robust performing and recording schedule, our students are equipped to go straight from graduation into careers in performing, composing, arranging, recording and arts management.

Students can choose from any of the following areas of jazz study:

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds
  • Composing and arranging

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Journalism Studies

BA

About this Program

Spurred by technological advances and changes in consumer behavior, journalists must now be equipped to produce content for a variety of platforms. Our BA program in journalism prepares you to enter the field with a solid core of skills, including writing, editing, video/audio production, digital design and social media. You can also expect to receive training in ethical and legal decision making. Our program empowers you to develop sound news judgment, as well as the creativity, speed and versatility necessary to produce stories for both traditional and digital media.

As broad as the field of journalism is, so too are the potential career opportunities—from news anchor and international correspondent to technical writer and book or magazine publisher. Students are encouraged to select a minor area of study, as developing a specialization may increase employment opportunities. Additionally, an internship with an off-campus media outlet is required, which ensures you have work experience when you graduate. 

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Judaic Studies

Minor

About this Program

The Judaic studies minor offers an interdisciplinary and intercultural perspective on Jewish history, literature, film, philosophy, language and religion. Through the program, you'll have the opportunity to engage ancient texts alongside contemporary theory while also exploring interreligious challenges and opportunities at national and global levels.

The interdisciplinary minor fosters critical thinking and awareness, preparing you for a range of future studies as well as career opportunities. These can include graduate school or careers in government or civic organizations, public engagement, leadership positions, event planning and program management, journalism and educational institutions.

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Latin

Minor

About this Program

The study of Latin is a proven way to deepen your appreciation of human culture while gaining insight into how Western languages have developed. The minor in Latin explores original texts that inform Western civilization.

You can gain insight into ancient Mediterranean culture, the influence of Latin in ancient religion, philosophy, politics and law, and the continued impact of Roman civilization on our modern world. 

Students often pair a Latin minor with a major in another language or with a degree in English, history or another humanities discipline. After graduation, Latin students find careers in fields like the arts, law, politics and international relations.

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Media Studies

BA

About this Program

Contemporary communication and information media — including traditional and digital media — are integral to political, economic and cultural life today. As a student in the BA in Media Studies, you will learn to examine critically the role and influence of media in our society. You will cultivate a broad understanding of media industries and will also gain communication skills that are applicable to almost any profession.

You will work directly with faculty who are producing research and creative work across the globe as you are challenged to develop a deeper understanding of how sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, gender, class, age and ability are represented in and by media — and why such representations matter. 

Before you graduate, you'll build career experience by completing an internship in an industry you're passionate about. The BA in Media Studies will equip you with skills you can take to graduate or law school, into government and nonprofits and into a variety of careers in communication-related industries.

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Music

BA, Minor

About this Program

The bachelor of arts in music provides the opportunity to develop your musical skills and performance aspirations while engaging in a curriculum that contains a large component of courses outside of music. This combination allows you to explore your interests and invest your time into other fields across the University. An education in music challenges you to learn discipline, collaboration and creative thinking while developing emotional intelligence. These skills and abilities prepare you for a successful career not only in music, but also a variety of other fields.

Alongside a robust music curriculum with renowned faculty, you will complete a minor or major in another field, providing a flexible program of study that balances breadth and depth. Pursuing a music education while taking advantage of the academic resources of the broader University provides a perfect environment to sharpen your skills, expand your horizons and pursue your passions.

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Performance

BM

About this Program

The bachelor of music in performance provides professional training in the performance of Western art music. You'll receive extensive hands-on experience in your area of study with a faculty of artist-teachers dedicated to preparing you for a successful career in music. This selective program features a conservatory-level education within a vibrant liberal arts university experience.

Beyond developing your technical skills, you'll have the opportunity to learn discipline, collaboration and creative thinking while developing emotional intelligence. On top of the intrinsic benefits of a music education, you can pursue additional topics through a minor or a second major, ensuring a well-rounded educational experience that can broaden horizons and prepare you for a career not only in music, but in an array of other fields.

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Philosophy

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in philosophy offers foundations in logic and the philosophical traditions of the ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary eras. Classes cover topics from ethics and perceptions of reality to the philosophical underpinnings of science, law and video games. You'll have the chance to specialize in critical theory, critiquing systems of government, racial, gendered and colonial power structures. 

Our philosophy students often find their studies are complemented by the pursuit of a double major. The versatile thinking skills developed in philosophical studies apply to art, history, math and physics, and many philosophy majors go on to pursue law degrees after graduation. Your understanding of logic can translate into careers in information technology and other reasoning-intensive fields. Undergraduate philosophy majors tend to perform well on post-graduate exams and have high mid-career salaries, according to the Washington Post.

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Political Science

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in Political Science promotes an extensive understanding of politics by offering a broad course of study. You’ll analyze how people seek influence, exercise authority and justify decisions at local and global levels. In addition to studying politics, you’ll strengthen writing and speaking skills, evaluate arguments and collect, organize and interpret information from multiple sources, all while working closely with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research.

Our program offers internships, community engagement and study abroad opportunities, which help you gain practical experience, hone organizational skills and form a commitment to public service. You can also qualify for the departmental honors program and undertake an independent research project directed by department faculty. The experience you’ll gain prepares you for a variety of careers in public service, activism and advocacy, lobbying, education or corporate leadership.

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Pre-Art Conservation

BFA

About this Program

History depends on those who preserve the cultural heritage of ancient and modern civilizations around the world. DU's bachelor of fine arts degree in pre-art conservation combines studio art, art history, language, chemistry and conservation techniques. We'll help you explore artistic styles and concepts while you learn how to protect cultural artifacts for future generations.

Many students work with Italian conservators in Florence, Italy during their junior year. Additional hands-on experience includes internship opportunities at major institutions, such as the Clyfford Still MuseumDenver Art MuseumDenver Museum of Nature and ScienceWestern Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts and Mountain States Art Conservation. This rigorous program can lead to careers in conservation and museum curation.

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Psychology

BA, Minor

About this Program

With a BA in psychology, you'll have opportunities to develop research skills and hands-on experience in areas like clinical, developmental and social psychology. Our optional concentration in cognitive neuroscience offers an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the mind and brain.

In our psychology program, you'll sharpen your critical thinking, knowledge and empirical skills across a wide range of content areas. Students have opportunities to participate in research labs and clinical work through guided upper-level courses.

BA psychology students pursue careers as forensic, educational and counseling psychologists. The specialties of a psychology major prove useful to anyone interested in market research, career advising, medicine or human resources.

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Psychology

BS

About this Program

With a BS in psychology, you'll develop research skills and gain experience that builds on your studies in biology or another natural science. Students in our BS program study cognitive neuroscience, developmental and social psychology, as well as clinical psychology. We offer hands-on experience in a variety of laboratories including those that use biological methods to asses emotional and cognitive functioning in the human brain and body. Our optional concentration in cognitive neuroscience offers an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the mind and brain.

You'll understand the scientific method as it applies to psychological science in order to prepare you for further study in medical school or neuroscience programs. Graduates from this program pursue careers as researchers, practitioners in a variety of health-related professions, and counselors and therapists.

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Recording and Production

BM

About this Program

The bachelor of music in recording and production trains students as engineers and producers in the musical genres of jazz, classical, popular, rock and many others. This selective program provides a conservatory-level education within a vibrant liberal arts university. Students take applied music lessons (classical or jazz), study music history and learn music theory while also practicing the art of engineering and producing fantastic music recordings.

Skills and abilities learned in the program can prepare students for successful careers not only in music recording and production, but also in a variety of other fields. Pursuing a music education while taking advantage of the academic resources of the broader university allows you to sharpen your skills, develop emotional intelligence and pursue your passions.

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Religious Studies

BA, Minor

About this Program

Why is religion so critical to understanding contemporary culture, economics and politics? Our BA in religious studies delves into major world religions with an emphasis on how such traditions impact today's global society. World-class faculty connect the past and present with a balance of traditions, methods and theoretical approaches.

In the classroom, you'll sharpen skills in written and oral communication, research methods and problem-solving, and develop a more complex awareness of human diversity. Religious studies is an interdisciplinary field that inspires conversation across disciplines, so we encourage our students to double major. 

Beyond the classroom, you'll have opportunities to visit local community churches, mosques, synagogues and temples. By directly engaging religious communities or local non-profits, you can discover the complexity of religious identity and practice. You can also encounter world religions through study abroad opportunities in places like Austria, Chile, India, Indonesia, Israel and Turkey.

You'll graduate with an in-depth, applied knowledge of cross-cultural analytical tools. Many religious studies majors go on to graduate school in law, religious studies and related fields, while others use their skills in business, human resources, social work, government, non-profits and journalism.

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Russian

BA, Minor

About this Program

With a BA in Russian, you'll hone written and oral communication skills, as well as a deep knowledge of Russian culture, history, art, literature and politics.

We work to actively support dual-degree seekers who want to pair their knowledge of Russian with majors like international studies, international business and intercultural communications. You can even build your study of Russian culture into an honors thesis project that will allow you to graduate with distinction in the major.

DU houses one of the most extensive university collections of Russian literature, and you can expand your knowledge of Russian further through DU's Russian Club and Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society. 

Away from campus, immersive study abroad opportunities give you real-world experience in a country that wields enormous influence over global affairs. Because Russia is a political and economic international superpower, a thorough understanding of the language and culture means you'll have career options both at home and abroad.

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Socio-Legal Studies

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in socio-legal studies asks core questions, like: How does law impact our everyday lives? How do social institutions shape law? And how does law empower and constrain us?

Through our socio-legal studies program, you'll explore questions like these alongside faculty drawn from disciplines across the University. Throughout this process, you'll hone critical thinking and writing and can further develop these skills outside the classroom through internship and study abroad opportunities.

Many socio-legal studies graduates pursue legal careers or post-graduate studies. However, the issues addressed in the major are relevant to many fields that focus on applying the law, including social work, education, business and international relations.

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Sociology

BA, Minor

About this Program

Are you eager to study questions like: "Why do gender, racial and class inequalities exist? What are the origins of the self? How do groups make social change?" Our BA in sociology analyzes small-scale human interactions alongside broad-based, international social movements to provide you with both theoretical knowledge and practical, research-based methods.

Small class sizes allow professors to guide, counsel and advise you according to your individual interests and career goals. As you develop specific interests, you can bring these together in an honors thesis to graduate with distinction in the major. 

Our sociology program exposes you to a range of theories and research methods as well as practical avenues to apply that knowledge. Graduates enter the job market with the distinct advantage of having a firm grasp on research design and methods, strong analytical skills and an understanding of social nuances in diverse communities. These skills are invaluable in a variety of fields, including law, social work, education, advocacy, public policy, non-profits, journalism and more.

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Spanish

BA, Minor

About this Program

A BA in Spanish empowers you to connect with Spanish-speaking communities both locally and globally through three main areas of study: Latin America, Spain or Latino Studies.

Experienced instructors train you in written and oral communication, while literature specialists teach the diverse histories, cultures, literatures and films of the Spanish-speaking world. Our interdisciplinary approach builds your critical understanding of human rights, racial and ethnic identities, and social change.

Our immersive educational experience prepares you for a wide range of careers. Want to study in Argentina, Mexico, Madrid? The Spanish major enriches your linguistic and cultural development by encouraging study abroad in a variety of countries.

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Strategic Communication

BA

About this Program

As a student pursuing a BA in Strategic Communication you will master essential concepts and skills for the creation of successful public information, promotional and advocacy campaigns. You will learn how to set strategic campaign objectives, craft effective media messages, develop sophisticated media strategies and much more.

You will explore media platforms ranging from traditional mass media to emerging digital media, and will learn what it means to be an effective, ethical and culturally sensitive communicator. In many classes you will work with local organizations to address real communication challenges and hone your skills in practice.

You will also be challenged to develop a deeper understanding of multicultural and global issues and reflect critically on the way media and communication impact our lives.

The BA in Strategic Communication will prepare you for careers in public relations, advertising, corporate communication, government and nonprofit communication, digital media management, health communication and sports promotion.

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Studio Art

BFA

About this Program

Chart your own artistic course with a bachelor of fine arts in studio art. In our program, you'll be exposed to multiple mediums and can choose to concentrate in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or continue working in multiple modes. We also encourage collaboration with creatives in film, theater, dance and other areas. 

Your instructors will provide you with essential tools and guidance as you develop your unique aesthetic. With your peers, you’ll practice the art of critique and learn to give and receive constructive feedback. In art history seminars, you’ll learn from the masters, turning your aesthetic inclinations and aversions into critical analysis. At the end of their program, students exhibit their work professionally in the Vicki Myhren Gallery. Our art BFA graduates go on to become professional artists, educators and arts managers. 

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Theatre

BA, Minor

About this Program

Are you ready to do it all? In this BA program you'll pair behind the scenes knowledge with practical hands-on work while developing your acting, designing, building and directing skills. Our approach gives you a broad perspective of the theatrical production process and creative problem-solving skills you'll take into your career.

Once you've mastered the basics, you can choose to focus on one area of interest, from performance to design to directing. Students who show outstanding work in one area are recognized at graduation with distinction in their chosen field.

With the support of faculty inside and outside of the classroom, you'll have access to real-world opportunities with local, national and international theatre communities. Some students join theatre companies, while others channel creative and analytical abilities across other industries.

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Urban Studies

Minor

About this Program

The Urban Studies minor at DU offers a multidisciplinary introduction to a range of issues that are affecting cities today. Our courses examine the history and nature of urban life in the United States and other parts of the world. They explore topics such as inequality and poverty, gentrification, transportation and landscape planning, housing policy, sustainability, building design and development and more.

The majority of the world's population lives in cities. A minor in Urban Studies can prepare you to make informed decisions about urban policy, planning and development questions that face today's citizens and their communities. Careers in fields like urban planning and development, social work, public policy work and human services benefit from the kind of skills you'll develop with the minor in Urban Studies.