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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Records

Identifier: U006


The Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences was established directly following the dissolution of the College of Arts & Sciences in 1984. Collection contains materials from the College (formerly a Division) including: slides from D. U. Program: “King and Queens,” “High C’s,” office files, bound print-outs from Banner containing the financial records for various Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) academic units and the dean's office for the fiscal years of 1995,1996, and 1997. Several binders also include chronological files from FY 1997. The chronological files include memoranda, correspondence, invoices, receipts, account lists, as well as multiple additional document genres.


  • Majority of material found within 1995-


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The Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences was established directly following the dissolution of the College of Arts & Sciences in 1984. At the time, William Zaranka was named Dean. When the Division, often simply referred to as the Division of Arts & Humanities, was established, it offered courses in Anthropology, Economics, English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, History, Mass Communications, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Affairs, Religious Studies, Sociology, Speech Communications, Theatre, and Women’s Studies, as well as programs at the School of Art, Center for Judaic Studies, and Lamont School of Music. The Division also included the Humanities Institute and the Publishing Institute.

In 1989, William Zaranka was appointed Provost of the University of Denver, naming Roscoe Hill as Dean of the Division of Arts & Humanities. During his time as Dean, Hill expanded the Division to include programs focused on diverse cultural studies. These included Cultural & Critical Studies, European Studies, and Latin-American Studies, all introduced in 1995. In the same year, the Division also debuted the Center for Israeli Studies. In 1997, the Asian Studies program was established. In addition, the Division partnered with the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering for the development of programs in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Digital Media Studies, marking one of many widely interdisciplinary partnerships in the University. Unfortunately, European Studies and Latin-American Studies were short-lived, and they were no longer included in Bulletins starting in 1998, when Gregg Kvistad was named the new Dean of the Division.

Kvistad remained Dean of the Division until 2005, when he was named Provost of the University. In 2018, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences united most of the same departments that operated under the Division in an effort to build an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education for undergraduate students.


61.75 Linear Feet (62 containers)