Why the Creative & Liberal Arts

The bottom line: A liberal arts education teaches you how (not what) to think. Students graduating from our programs develop the skills and perspectives necessary to think critically, question assumptions and find new angles from which to approach our society's most pressing challenges. In our ever-changing global landscape, creative, cogent and responsible thinkers are the best prepared to seek out meaningful and impactful opportunities to improve not just their own lives, but the lives of the people around them.

The remarkable work of our students, faculty and alumni continues to inspire me as dean. The dedication, innovation and creativity of our community truly are driving the momentum of bringing the Keystone Strategic Plan to life.

Daniel McIntosh, Former Dean, PhD (BA '87)
danny mcintosh
CAHSS alumni lunch, alumni and students gathered around board room table for presentation

What Can I Do With a Liberal Arts Degree?

Politicians, journalists, computer programmers, costume designers, business owners, musicians, museum professionals, nonprofit directors, teachers, lawyers — you can find liberal arts majors working successfully in all of these fields, among many others.

A creative or liberal arts degree comes with skills relevant to every profession, including communication, comprehension, cultural understanding and analytical inquiry. Possessing a solid command of these skills can make graduates appealing job candidates directly out of college and serve them throughout their careers, while those looking to pursue graduate education have an excellent foundation upon which to base their studies.

Over 90% of CAHSS students broaden their education and experience another culture by studying abroad.

87.4% of undergraduate alumni in the College reported that they were employed, continuing their education or pursuing service/military activities six months after graduation.

Over 60% of students in the College reported that they completed an internship or participated in research.

Creative & Liberal Arts in Action

Photo of bee mountains in Colorado
Economics Alumnus Helps Colorado's Rural Economies

Economics alumnus Bryce Jones (MA ’21) transforms data into critical information used to make larger structural decisions about how to allocate funding and other government resources to Colorado's rural communities.

Read more

Tamarra Nelson
DU Alumna Uses Shakespeare to Prevent Bullying in

As a theatre and English double major, Tamarra Nelson (BA ’18) discovered her passion for directing at the University of Denver. Now, Nelson works as the tour manager with the Shakespeare and Violence Prevention Program.

Read More

Photo of DU alumna Stephanie Filo
DU Alumna Wins Second Emmy Award

Stephanie Filo (BA '06) won her second Emmy for her work on HBO's "A Black Lady Sketch Show." This win marks the first time an all-women of color editing team was nominated and won the award for Outstanding Picture Editing. Filo continues to participate in social campaigns that impact women across the world.

Read more

pattern

Ready to join us in embracing the creative and liberal arts?

Explore Programs