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Why Choose CLAS?

Urban, interdisciplinary, transformational, inventive – The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the University of Colorado Denver's largest school on the downtown Denver campus. We provide students a wide range of degrees options at all levels, including:

  • 23 baccalaureate degrees, with many opportunities for students to design individualized areas of emphasis
  • 17 master's degrees, with specialized concentrations in most disciplines
  • 4 Ph.D. programs in Applied Mathematics, Clinical Health Psychology, Health and Behavioral Sciences, and Systems Biology

The College also offers dozens of certificates, undergraduate minors, and interdisciplinary programs which students can use to their educations.

A liberal arts and sciences education provides students with the tools to meet the challenges of unscripted, real-world problems. Our excellent teachers work with students to develop broad foundational knowledge and skills such as creative problem solving, oral and written communication, quantitative literacy, intercultural competence, and ethical reasoning. Discipline-specific and interdisciplinary majors train students in the content, traditions, and methods of their chosen scholarly fields. This combination of breadth and depth prepares our students to be adaptive and innovative, ready for our twenty-first century world.

CLAS attracts award-winning teachers and renowned researchers who bring real-world experience and academic expertise to our classrooms. CLAS faculty are dedicated to instilling in students a lifelong love of learning, respect for free thinking, and commitment to collaborative endeavors. CLAS students have numerous opportunities to participate in faculty research, and the college prides itself on its faculty-mentored undergraduate research programs and applied research in the community.

Our community of learners includes a variety of ages, backgrounds, and ideas, creating a vibrant educational environment. Just steps away from Denver’s historic Lower Downtown district, CLAS makes use of the city’s many resources through student internships, experiential learning programs, and partnerships with Denver businesses and non-profit organizations.​