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Message from Dr. Joan L. Foster

Dean, 2006 - 2018

Welcome to the website for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Photo of Joan Laura Foster 2015As 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 the First Year Success Program. 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 mission of the College is to provide an environment of teaching and learning that honors tradition and supports imagination. Degrees in the liberal arts and sciences prepare students for successful careers and a lifetime of learning. We encourage critical thinking in an atmosphere of inquiry and creativity where students develop their writing, research, analytical as well as communication skills.

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.

Departments such as Music, Art, Mathematics, English, Chicano Studies and others provide content and pedagogy for students interested in seeking teacher licensure. LAS works cooperatively with the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to build a strong K-12 educational program for those interested in teaching as a profession.

We strive for excellence in our faculty with an emphasis on quality instruction. Most of the full-time faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their academic field. Through ongoing professional development and community service, our faculty stay on top of their disciplines and related community concerns. Individual faculty members and departments in LAS have received awards and grants including the prestigious Fulbright Award.

We are here to assist individuals to achieve their educational goals. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

Joan Laura Foster, Ph.D.
Dean, 2006 - 2018

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