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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UC Denver
 

CLAS

Departments


Denver Campus

The UCD College of Arts and Sciences has 17 departments crossing analytical and cultural disciplines.  Each program is unique, but all share in the common the goal of providing excellence in teaching, service, research and creative work.

  • Anthropology - The unique intellectual challenge of anthropology is to integrate knowledge from many disciplines for a global understanding of cultural and biological diversity in the past and the present.  Individual courses in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology cut across lines of the humanities, social and natural sciences. The anthropology program is designed around the production of theoretically aware practitioners who are competent to carry out skilled work, and are trained in the theory and concepts that allow them to improve upon the status quo. 
  • Biology - Faculty and students in the department of Integrative Biology are actively engaged in teaching and research. With nationally and internationally recognized reputations, faculty in Integrative Biology receive local and national funding in support of cutting-edge research in fields ranging from cell and molecular biology to ecology and evolution. Students in Integrative Biology receive advanced and basic training in biology and related fields.
  • Chemistry - The Chemistry department has a rigorous curriculum, approved by the American Chemical Society, focused on understanding and solving problems. Chemistry is a laboratory science, and students are given many opportunities in their laboratory courses to apply the principles they learn in lecture courses to new problems.
  • Communication - The department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver comprises a vibrant community of scholars and teachers who are committed to providing a theoretically robust yet hands-on education that meets the demands of the twenty-first century. We offer BA, MA, minor, and certificate programs taught by our award-winning faculty.
  • Economics - The University of Colorado Denver Department of Economics offers undergraduate BA and graduate MA degree programs. Our department consists of 12 full-time faculty, serving approximately 80 MA students and an equal number of undergraduate majors. The analytical and quantative skills students acquire are in high demand in the job market.
  • English - The course of study offered by the department of English is designed to develop your ability to read literature responsibly and imaginatively, to foster your understanding of and appreciation for our literary heritage and to provide the historical perspective from which you can evaluate contemporary writing. Students who complete the program in English are expected to have mastered the ability to express their ideas in clear, succinct prose.
  • Ethnic Studies - The Ethnic Studies program is designed to help you develop a breadth and depth of understanding of ethnicity and its significance in contemporary American society. As you analyze the ethnic experience from an interdisciplinary perspective, you will gain a background in the theories and concepts required to understand and interpret inter- and intra-group relations in the United States.
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences - If the attraction of a liberal arts education is the opportunity to inquire deeply about the human condition, geography and environmental sciences should be of interest. Geographers attempt to identify the factors affecting the distribution of people and their activities on the surface of the earth and to provide meaningful solutions to problems faced by societies. It's an ideal major for the liberal arts student, providing exposure to the concepts and techniques utilized in investigating environmental issues, socioeconomic problems, and planning policies.
  • Health and Behavioral Science - Health and Behavioral Sciences (HBSC) is a department that offers undergraduate degrees in Public Health and an interdiciplinary PhD. With the growing needs in health care, the HBSC Department offers students an education that is relevant today.
  • History - History courses integrate many branches of knowledge, cutting across the lines of the social sciences and the humanities, and even the natural sciences. Identifying forces of stability and processes of change, history students develop research, writing and analytical skills, which serve them well beyond their university years. The study of history builds confidence for making judgments in many fields of human endeavor and provides insight into current social, political, economic and cultural issues.
  • Mathematical and Statistical Sciences - The Math and Statistical Sciences department is dedicated to advancing mathematical and statistical knowledge through our exceptional programs, research and education. Our innovative faculty work on global research while maintaining a focus on providing quality educational experiences for our students. We are proud to offer a variety of educational and research opportunities to our students, and we were one of the first doctoral granting departments on the  Denver Campus.
  • Modern Languages - The department of Modern Languages includes Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish. Our majors in Spanish and French prepare students for a myriad of careers. Students of every discipline benefit from the wide variety of course offerings in the department including language teaching pedagogy, linguistics, literature, film studies and more.
  • Philosophy -
    The study of philosophy is concerned with the transmission and evaluation of basic beliefs and values. It is not an easy field. But for more than 25 centuries philosophy has been judged most rewarding by those who seek self-development, intellectual sophistication, and the happiness of a reflective life. An undergraduate degree in philosophy is excellent preparation for law and medicine, as well as a spectrum of entry-level positions in business, public service and more.
  • Physics - Physics, as the most fundamental of the sciences, is the base on which many other disciplines rest. Thinking "outside the box" in physics research has resulted in the development of a multitude of technologies that enhance our lives, and this tradition lives on at UC Denver, where students work elbow-to-elbow with their professor mentors in substantive applied research experiences.
  • Political Science - The University of Colorado Denver Political Science department prepares students for informed and creative activism by providing them an opportunity to develop analytical skills. The program incorporates historical, quantitative, experimental, ethnographic, psychological and creative methodologies while aiming to sensitize students to the essential questions of politics and life.
  • Psychology - The department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver is a mid-sized department with over 700 majors. We have two undergraduate degree programs (BA and BS), an MA program in psychology with training in clinical psychology, and a new PhD program in Clinical Health Psychology. Our faculty and staff provide educational and research experiences and clinical training to students seeking advancement through higher education and eventual employment in psychology and related fields.
  • Sociology - The Sociology department at the University of Colorado Denver offers a multifaceted learning experience to students that provides an understanding of how individuals and institutions interact to shape our social world. We conduct empirical and theoretical research in order to advance and expand knowledge in the field of sociology, actively participate in programs of interdisciplinary research and education; and we bring sociological theory and research to bear on social problems in our communities.