In the Spring of 2018, the CU Denver History Department agreed to a new unifying statement of purpose. Every action on behalf of the department seeks to support and affirm this charge. The reinvigorated mission statement is as follows:
The History Department encourages engagement with the past by supporting students in their studies, faculty in their research, and the public in its curiosity. The subjects we teach inform effective policy, and the skills we foster—judicious reading, clear writing, and persuasive speaking—remain perpetually in demand. The study of history offers practice in research and the interpretation of data, argument, and rhetoric. But most important, history reminds us of other times and places. Making sense of the world is impossible without memory and perspective.