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)
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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

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Theatre Class Connects Students and Community

Professor Ashley Hamilton’s Theatre for Social Change class brought together DU students and Hard Times Writers Workshop participants to explore the world of devised theater. Professor Hamilton gave writing prompts, and the class worked together to create short performances based on the responses.

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Sonic Research Leads to New Book

University of Denver Associate Professor of Emergent Digital Practices Trace Reddell’s new book, The Sound of Things to Come, tackles sonic innovation in science fiction films.

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Photography & Memory

"Photography and Memory" pairs Intro to Photography undergraduates in the School of Art and Art History with Denver community members experiencing memory loss. 

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