College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Metropolitan State University of Denver is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Individual academic programs within the following areas have accreditation or approval from the following agencies:
ART: The Art major for the Bachelor of Fine Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
CHEMISTRY: The Chemistry Department is approved by the American Chemical Society.
COMPUTER SCIENCE: The B.S. in Computer Science is accredited through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
MUSIC: Metropolitan State University of Denver is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
THEATRE: The theatre major for the BA, BFA in Applied Theatre Technology and Design Concentration, and BFA in Music Theatre concentration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
Message from the Dean
As the largest college at MSU Denver, we offer degrees in the fine and performing arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the natural sciences. Today, we have 19 departments and 1 institute with 36 majors, 43 minors, and 14 certificates. In addition to these majors and minors, we provide support for students interested in designing their own degree programs through the Center for Individualized Learning.
We also support eight centers and programs that provide specific services for students or do outreach to the community at large. The programs designed specifically to meet the needs of our current students include the Honors Program, the Writing Center, College Assistance Migrant Program, and Roadways. The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership brings local, national, and international speakers to the campus to enhance the co-curricular experience of MSU Denver students. The Family Center, Family Literacy Program, and the Center for Advanced Stem Education offer services to the local community. We also work closely with the Applied Learning Center to develop internships for students.
The LAS influence can be seen across MSU Denver. The General Studies curriculum, which is taught primarily by LAS faculty, was designed to develop well-rounded citizens with a broad base of knowledge about our world. Preparing students to excel in a diverse workforce and community is critical to our educational mission. Classes in Anthropology, Political Science, African American, Chicano, Native American, and Women’s Studies offer an opportunity for students to learn about history and examine current events through the voices of different cultures.
We prepare students to engage in civic problem-solving to address the most pressing issues in society, and to create an enriching life. MSU Denver’s mission is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global, and technological society.
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Dr. Arlene Sgoutas, Dean
Metropolitan State University of Denver has a vision, “to be recognized as the preeminent public urban baccalaureate university in the country.” This vision challenges the faculty, staff and administration to create an even stronger educational and learning environment for our students and a more integrated response to the community we serve. The University as a whole has developed a strategic plan that sheds light on the paths and steps required to meet this vision. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (CLAS) provides and supports several of these paths. We are moving quickly to begin building preeminence. CLAS must build on what has gone before. We are planning for the future as we build improvements into the present.
The primary mission of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is to effectively utilize all the energy and resources at the disposal of the College to support the broader mission of the University. Building upon the traditions of the Academy, the community, and the faculty, CLAS offers a broad variety of curricula which comprises a liberal education in the traditional sense. Its focus is on educating students to think critically as individuals and as citizens. General Studies course offerings provide the basic knowledge and skills necessary for all degree-seeking students. Fine and performing arts programs offer cultural enrichment to the campus and the community. The teaching and learning environment fosters lifelong learning, an appreciation and respect for others, responsible citizenship, and career development.
Within the traditions of the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities, lies a history of imagination, inspiration and discovery by which faculty offer degree programs leading to post graduate work and careers in the public and private sectors. The College’s resources support teaching by encouraging the teacher/scholar model in faculty, and by offering high quality support staff and services which assist students in identifying and meeting their educational goals.
The College responds to the educational needs of a diverse urban population with flexible scheduling, a curriculum meeting established academic standards of rigor, currency and application. The College also extends the college service mission through faculty research and study, student internships, partnerships, mutual grant projects, Centers, Institutes, and collaborations with public schools, business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.