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Constitutional Studies, Minor

Requirements

Political science enjoys a central position among the social sciences. Aristotle characterized politics as the “queen of the sciences.” It is a broad discipline that encompasses philosophical, historical and analytical studies of governments, politics and policies. Political science students learn not only the concepts, theories and methods associated with the discipline, but also gain the cognitive and presentational skills required of tomorrow’s public and private leaders. At its core, politics is about building and maintaining communities at the local, state, national and international levels that enable citizens to live enriching and fulfilling lives. Political science students develop not only an understanding of those communities, but also the ability to influence them.

Total Program Credits: 21

Matriculation Requirements:  

To be admitted into the program, students must:

  1. Possess a 3.0 grade point average
  2. Complete 30 credit hours
  3. Complete POLS 1000 American Heritage or POLS 1100 American National Government
Discipline Core Requirements: 12 Credits
  POLS 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics 3
or LEGL 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics (3.0)  
  POLS 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism 3
  POLS 4790 US Constitution 3
  CNST 4795 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits
Complete three of the following courses for 9 credits: 9
  POLS 1020 Political Ideologies (3.0)  
  POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration (3.0)  
  POLS 4610 International Law and Relations (3.0)  
  ECON 4500 US Economic Development and History (3.0)  
  HIST 3870 Constitutional History to Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  HIST 3880 Constitutional History since Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  HIST 3320 Modern Britain (3.0)  
  LEGL 4190 Constitutional Law (3.0)  
  CJ 4160 Constitutional Criminal Rights (3.0)  
  CNST 4730 Framing of the US Constitution (3.0)  
  CNST 2600 Comparative Constitutionalism (3.0)  
  or any other Coordinator or Chair approved courses.  

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 1100 American National Government 3
POLS 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics 3
POLS 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism 3
POLS 4790 U.S. Constitution 3
  Semester total: 12
Notes: POLS 1100 is a prerequisite to minor requirements. Must be completed prior to beginning the minor.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
CNST 4795 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3
POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
POLS 4610* International Law and Relations 3
HIST 3870* Constitutional History to Plessy 1896 3
  Semester total: 12
Note: *Pre-requisites are required to be taken. Please see the advisor.  
  Degree total (with prerequisite): 24

Department

Name:

History & Political Science

Location:

CB 203A 303A

Telephone:

801-863-8487

Email:

HISTPOLS@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/hps

Chair:

David R. Connelly

Chair UVU Email:

Dconnelly@uvu.edu

 

 
 

Mission Statement

In keeping with the University's mission, the History and Political Science department is dedicated to providing students with a broad range of opportunities in general-education and discipline-specific courses. Our faculty members are committed to quality teaching, mentoring, and research. In an environment of discussion-based classroom experience and independent research opportunities, students develop analytical abilities, communication skills, and history and political science research methods. The History and Political Science department continually strives to provide a reflective, multicultural, and international perspective for students to actively engage in.

 
 

History & Political Science

 

Administrative Contact:

  • Kimberly Williamson
  • Telephone: 801-863-8487
  • Email:  Kimberlyw@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 185

 Advisors:

  • Students A-R HIST/POLS majors or HIST ED
  • John Macfarlane
  • Telephone: 801-863-6716
  • Office: CB 506w
  • Email: Macfarjo@uvu.edu
  • Students S-Z HIST/POLS majors
  • Angela Chavez
  • Telephone: 801-863-5389
  • Office: CB 506v
  • Email: Angela.Chavez@uvu.edu
  • Students S-Z HIST ED majors
  • Kindra Amott
  • Telephone: 801-863-8047
  • Office: CB 506h
  • Email: Kindra.Amott@uvu.edu


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Faculty

Baktybek Abdrisaev(2007)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.S., Computer Science, Bishkek Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Electronics, Academy of Science Belarus.

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Lyn Bennett(1996)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, B.A., Anthropology, M.S.E., Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D., History, University of Kansas.

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Andrew Bibby(2015)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Honors English, Concordia University; Ph.D., Political Science, Michigan State University.

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Richard Cho(2015)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Ph.D., Political Science, Stony Brook; M.A., Political Psychology, Columbia University.

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Geoffrey Cockerham(2007)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, University of Illinois; M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona; J.D., Louisiana State University

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David Connelly(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Department Chair

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

B.A., History, M.P.A., Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Public Administration, SUNY Albany.

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Jay Desart(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Concordia College; M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Lynn England(2007)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pittsburg.

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F. Farnsworth Jr.(1972)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Asian Studies, M.A., International Administration, Brigham Young University; M.Phil., Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah.

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Michael Goode(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Business Administration, Goshen College; M.A., Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Rick Griffin(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Education, Leadership, and Foundations, J.D., University of Mississippi.

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JaNae Haas(1990)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Latin, M.A., Ancient History, University of Utah; M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin.

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John Hunt(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Indiana University Southeast; M.A., Medieval and Renaissance History, University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., Early Modern Italian and European History, The Ohio State University.

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Ernest Istook(2015)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Journalism, Baylor University; J.D., S.J., Quinney College of Law.

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Dustin Jansen(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



A.S., Science, Utah Valley University; B.A., History, Brigham Young University; J.D., S. J., Quinney College of Law.

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Mark Lentz(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A., Colonial Latin, Tulane University.

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Jenna Nigro(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History & French, Allegheny College; M.A., French Studies, New York University; Ph.D., History, University of Illinois.

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Hong Pang(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Commerce

B.A., International Politics, B.A., Economics, Peking University, P.R. China; M.A., Economics, Ph.D., Politics and International Relations, University of Southern California.

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Luke Peterson(2014)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Utah Valley University; MPAA, Public Policy, Harvard University.

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Rodney Smith(2017)

Director

Department: Center for Constitutional Studies
Professional in Residence, Faculty



B.A., Political Science, Western Colorado State College; S.J.D., Law, Brigham Young University.

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Keith Snedegar(1993)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



A.B., History, University of Michigan; M.S., English/Latin, University of Edinburgh; D.Phil., Modern History, University of Oxford.

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Steven Sylvester(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Political Science, California State University, Chico; Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kansas.

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David Wilson(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History and Classical Antiquities, M.A., Classics, University of Kansas; Ph.D., U.S. History, Brigham Young University.

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Adrienne Winans(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, University of Chicago; M.A., World History, New York University; Ph.D., History, Ohio State University.

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Careers

Careers:  
Political science students develop a versatility of skills that prepare them for a wide range of future career paths. The career possibilities for a political science student include: government service and public administration at the federal, state, and local levels, policy analysis and lobbying for both nonprofit organizations and corporations, foreign service, campaign consulting, public opinion and marketing research, journalism, and secondary and postsecondary education. Political science is also the leading course of study for students preparing to enter law school.

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