Other Academic Opportunities
The DU career centers provide assistance for students and alumni in navigating the career planning and development process. Career Services offers individualized counseling and appointments, access to over 2,000 alumni through the Pioneer Career Network, employer networking contacts for career, employer and industry advice. Multiple online resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including extensive job and internship databases specifically for DU students and alumni.
Students and alumni have access to the following:
- one-on-one career advising
- hundreds of online resources containing information such as career options, graduate schools, salaries, jobs, internships and employers
- career assessments (free and fee-based)
- three annual career fairs highlighting jobs and internships
- assistance with self-branding and marketing, social media optimization, resumes, cover letters and mock interviews
- employers on campus for interviews, information sessions and events
- regular workshops and events that focus on numerous career topics as well as networking with alumni and employers
Current students and alumni are eligible for Career Services assistance. Visit our website at www.du.edu/career or call 303-871-2150 for an appointment.
Internships offer an optional plan of study in which students combine courses with part-time or full-time work. A student may explore educational and career interests in areas such as business, communications, education, government, community agencies, industry or research. If a student seeks academic credit for an internship, the internship must be supervised by departmental faculty. Juniors and seniors are eligible for credit, and approval by the faculty advisor is required before registration or beginning the work experience. Students can view current internship opportunities through our online databases Pioneer Careers and the University Career Action Network (UCAN) at http://www.du.edu/career/jobs_internships/index.html.
The University of Denver’s Honors Program fosters an intellectually engaged and vibrant community of students, staff and faculty. It promotes a distinctive broad and liberal arts education that challenges students to cultivate depth in critical and creative thought and facilitates students’ original contributions to intellectual life, their community and their chosen field. For information on admission to the Honors Program, go to www.du.edu/honors.
Honors Curriculum and Requirements
Once admitted, to remain active in the Honors Program, students must remain in good standing with the University, must respond to the annual opt-in email indicating their desire to continue in the program and must continue to make satisfactory progress towards satisfying honors requirements. To graduate with university honors, students must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, must take one honors course in the humanities, one in the social sciences, an approved sequence in the natural sciences, honors writing, an honors advanced seminar and two upper-level honors (HNRS) seminars. Students must also earn distinction in one major. Timing and requirements for entry and completion of distinction vary by department, so students must check with a major advisor. Go to www.du.edu/honors for details.
Honors Community and Enrichment
In addition to its academic opportunities, the Honors Program provides its community of students and faculty many ways to come together for co-curricular fun and enrichment. The Honors Program provides funds that enhance honors courses, sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year and partners with other groups on campus to host visiting scholars and to provide opportunities for community engagement. Honors students organize events of their own through the Voltaire Society. The Honors Program also supports its students through academic advising, acts as a clearinghouse for internship and research opportunities and provides funds for thesis research and materials.
The honors floor is a residential opportunity designed primarily for first- and second-year students in the University Honors Program (acceptance to the program is a prerequisite for living on the honors floor). Those on the honors floor enjoy the company of bright, energetic students of diverse majors and interests who have made academic work a priority. They also have honors RAs who integrate honors activities in their programming.
While many honors students choose to live on the floor, those who are also members of LLCs live with their LLC, and some choose other housing based on roommate or building preference. Honors students are able to indicate their housing preference once their applications are complete. At that time, students who would like to live on the honors floor should notify the Honors Program.
For more information, contact the University Honors Program at www.du.edu/honors or 303-871-2035.
Lamont School of Music
Students do not have to pursue a music degree to be involved in activities at the Lamont School of Music. Performing ensembles are open to all DU students by audition, and rehearsals and concerts are held in the stunning Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
Ensembles include Lamont Chorale (MUEN 3712), Lamont Symphony Orchestra (MUEN 3760), Lamont Jazz Orchestra (MUEN 3751), Lamont Opera and Musical Theatre, Lamont Wind Ensemble (MUEN 3752), Lamont Jazz Ensemble (MUEN 3753), University Jazz Ensemble (MUEN 3754), Lamont Women's Chorus (MUEN 3900), Lamont Men's Choir (MUEN 3740), MUEN 3029 Steel Drum Ensemble, MUEN 3041 North Indian Classical Ensemble, Jazz and Commercial Music Combos and several chamber ensembles. Students may enroll in ensembles for credit or no credit. Musicians with school spirit may want to join the Pioneer Pep Band (MUEN 3720). Lamont offers more than 200 concerts a year including musicals, operas and prominent ensemble performances, as well as guest artist performances and recitals. Concerts are free for students.
Living and Learning Communities
A Living and Learning Community is a unique environment in which a select group of students shares common residential and academic experiences. DU’s Living and Learning Communities, which are exclusively for first-year students, center around five distinct areas: Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, International issues, Social Justice and Wellness. Although each LLC has a specific thematic focus, students from any major or undeclared students can apply to become members. Each LLC has faculty and staff dedicated to the success of the program.
Creativity and Entrepreneurship Living and Learning Community (CELLC)
A one-of-a-kind academic experience, the Creativity & Entrepreneurship Living and Learning community empowers students to learn about the many challenges and rewards of creativity, the design thinking process, innovation, tackling societal problems, entrepreneurship, app development/programming, social entrepreneurship, and core business skills, ultimately creating commercial "products" and tackling social problems. The inter-disciplinary community consists of students from all backgrounds and majors, and students collaborate to share ideas, discuss options, and work in teams to problem solve situations, while enhancing their own creative thinking. CELLC members take a two-credit course each quarter for the first year. The CELLC is an educational residential environment, housed in Centennial Towers. To learn more and apply, visit http://www.du.edu/livinglearning/entrepreneurship/.
Environmental Sustainability Living and Learning Community (ESLLC)
ESLLC students share an interest in learning more about environment-human interactions. Members take a two-credit course each quarter of the first year on a topic related to the environment, using the Rocky Mountain region as their classroom. All courses can go toward a minor in Sustainability which is offered through the Environmental Science program. Extracurricular events also contribute to the student’s experience. Weekend retreats, held throughout the year at places like DU’s Mount Evans Research Station or the Keystone Science School, allow students to get to know their peers better and expose them to a variety of environmental issues. The ESLLC is housed in a dedicated coed wing of Johnson-McFarlane Hall. There are 22 spaces available. To learn more and apply, visit www.du.edu/livinglearning/sustainability/.
International Living and Learning Community (ILLC)
The ILLC brings together American and international students who explore cultural and global issues. The community offers a variety of social, cultural and educational activities and provides the chance for formal and informal learning and exchange. To support academic goals, residents take a special two-credit course each quarter of the first year focusing on critical global issues. These classes can be applied toward the Intercultural Global Studies minor. The ILLC is an educational residential environment located on the second floor of Centennial Halls South. There are 34 spaces available. To learn more and apply, visit www.du.edu/livinglearning/international/.
Social Justice Living and Learning Community (SJLLC)
The SJLLC is designed for students committed to the study and practice of social justice. Each quarter of their first year at DU, SJLLC students take a two-credit course. These courses examine issues of social activism, social change and the philosophical foundations of justice. These classes can be applied toward the Intercultural Global Studies minor. Students are housed on a coed floor in Johnson-McFarlane Hall, and are involved in a number of activities together. In addition, students go on two different retreats, participate in city projects and attend guest lectures throughout the year. There is space available for 22 incoming first-year students. To learn more and apply, visit www.du.edu/livinglearning/social_justice.
Wellness Living and Learning Community (WLLC)
The WLLC is an environment where students explore various aspects of personal and community wellness. Students in this LLC take a two-credit course each quarter of the first year covering a multidimensional approach to health and wellness, which includes physical and mental wellness, spiritual and emotional wellness, and social and community wellness. For students with a strong desire to take their studies in Wellness to the next step, we offer an academic minor in Wellness. The LLC courses are the foundation for the minor. Additional programs include quarterly retreats, guest speakers and community health-promotion projects. The Wellness LLC is an educational residential environment located on the third floor of Centennial Halls South. There are 28 spaces available. To learn more and apply, visit www.du.edu/wellness.
Pioneer Leadership Program
The Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP) offers an academic minor in leadership studies with a multidisciplinary approach. This comprehensive program involves a community living environment, a two-credit course each quarter, service learning, and international and intercultural experiences. It develops within its students an understanding of leadership theory, research, skills and competencies that support leadership effectiveness, a more fully developed code of personal ethics and an enhanced sense of social responsibility and citizenship. All students live together during their first year in Johnson-MacFarlane Hall, with an option to return the second year to the PLP floor of Nelson Hall. There are 88 spaces available for first-year students. To learn more and apply, visit www.du.edu/leadership.
Vicki Myhren Gallery
The Vicki Myhren Gallery is the principal exhibition venue of the School of Art & Art History and is integral to the school’s educational mission. It provides a physical and programmatic home of exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that explore the visual arts and the language of images. Its exhibitions feature artistic achievements from the school, region, nation and around the world.