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History, B.A.

Requirements

UVU’s History Program is dedicated to developing the twenty-first century student. We provide the general student body a broad range of courses that increase global awareness, engagement and informed citizenship, as well as develop critical thinking, writing, and oral expression. In addition, History majors can choose from a large number of in-depth upper division courses that further their content knowledge and expand their abilities to critically analyze past and current events in a variety of regions and nations. In all courses, students and faculty observe the human experience by investigating the diverse historical perspectives of the past and present. History faculty endeavor to teach in ways that foster independent thinking, engage the students with historical conversations and debates, and improve students’ ability to communicate in a variety of media. Students who successfully complete our programs will have a valuable set of skills for further study in graduate and professional programs, and careers in public service or private enterprise.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning  (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra  (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra  (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries  (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution (Fulfilled by completing Foreign Language Course 202G/2020) 4
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 45 Credits
  GEOG 130G Survey of World Geography 3
  HIST 1500 World History to1500 3
  HIST 151G World History from 1500 to the Present 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 3
  HIST 2710 US History since 1877 3
  HIST 3010 The Historian's Craft 3
  HIST 4980 Senior Research Thesis Research Component 3
  HIST 4990 Senior Research Thesis Writing Component 3
  Complete any three upper-division History courses 9
Select at least one course from each Area of Study 12
  A. European History (3.0)  
  HIST 3110 Greek History (3.0)  
  HIST 3130 Roman Republic (3.0)  
  HIST 3140 Roman Empire (3.0)  
  HIST 3150 Medieval Europe (3.0)  
  HIST 3160 Renaissance and Reformation--Europe 1350 to 1600 (3.0)  
  HIST 3170 Absolutism Enlightenment and Revolution--Europe from 1600 to 1815 (3.0)  
  HIST 3180 Nineteenth Century Europe (3.0)  
  HIST 3190 Twentieth Century Europe (3.0)  
  HIST 3320 Modern Britain (3.0)  
  HIST 366G The History of Modern Russia--1864 to Present (3.0)  
  HIST 4170 The USSR Under Stalin (3.0)  
  B. United States History (3.0)  
  HIST 320G Women in American History to 1870 (3.0)  
  HIST 321G Women in American History since 1870 (3.0)  
  HIST 322G History of the American West to 1850 (3.0)  
  HIST 323G History of the American West since 1850 (3.0)  
  HIST 3260 History of Utah (3.0)  
  HIST 327G Indians of Utah (3.0)  
  HIST 3460 US Military History (3.0)  
  HIST 3520 The United States and Vietnam--1945 to Present (3.0)  
  HIST 3730 American Origins to 1790 (3.0)  
  HIST 3731 United States History 1790-1890 (3.0)  
  HIST 3732 United States History 1890-1945 (3.0)  
  HIST 3733 United States since 1945 (3.0)  
  HIST 3740 American Revolution (3.0)  
  HIST 3745 Civil War and Reconstruction (3.0)  
  HIST 3800 Environmental History of the United States (3.0)  
  HIST 381G Pre-Columbian America (3.0)  
  HIST 382G Indians of Eastern North America (3.0)  
  HIST 383G Indians of the Great Plains (3.0)  
  HIST 384G Indians of the Southwest (3.0)  
  HIST 385G The Struggle for Self-determination--American Indians 1891 to present (3.0)  
  HIST 3870 Constitutional History to Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  HIST 3880 Constitutional History since Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  AIST 4600 Contemporary American Indian Political and Social Issues (3.0)  
  HIST 463G Missions and Conversion in Early North America (3.0)  
  HIST 466G Legacies and Reckonings in the American West (3.0)  
  C. World History (3)   
  HIST 204G Colonial Latin America (3.0)  
  HIST 205G Modern Latin America (3.0)  
  HIST 3020 Introduction to Public History (3.0)  
  HIST 3030 Introduction to African History (3.0)  
  HIST 3530 History of Vietnam (3.0)  
  HIST 3540 History of South Africa (3.0)  
  HIST 430G Violence and Social Conflict in Latin America (3.0)  
  HIST 461G Peoples of the Atlantic World 1450-1800 (3.0)  
  D. Special Topics (3.0)  
  HIST 3440 The History of World War I (3.0)  
  HIST 345G The History of World War II (3.0)  
  HIST 3550 Memory and History (3.0)  
  HIST 400R History Practicum (3.0)  
  HIST 4100 Jewish History (3.0)  
  HIST 4130 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust (3.0)  
  HIST 4140 Genocide in the Twentieth Century (3.0)  
  HIST 420R Issues and Topics in Global History (3.0)  
  HIST 4320 History of Scientific Thought (3.0)  
  HIST 4330 Machines in the Making of History (3.0)  
  HIST 435R Issues and Topics in the History of Science (3.0)  
  HIST 471R Special Issues and Topics in American History (3.0)  
  HIST 482R Public History Internship (2.0)  
  HIST 490R Independent Study (1.0)  
  HIST 491R Directed Readings (2.0)  
Elective Requirements: 39 Credits
  Any courses numbered 1000 or higher (15 credits must be upper division). 27
  Complete additional 12 hours of one Foreign Language. 12

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 40 of which must be 3000 level or higher.
  2. Minimum UVU GPA of 2.0 upon graduation, with no HIST course grade below a C-.
  3. Completion of four semesters of one foreign language.
  4. Complete one of the two tracks in the Areas of Study requirements.
  5. Comply with the catalog's rule on maximum number of years in the program.
  6. Minimum of 30 credits must be taken at UVU (at least 10 of which must be part of the final 45 credits earned).
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

NOTES:  Students should frequently consult with his/her advisor on program requirements.

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
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MAT 1010 * Intermediate Algebra (recommended Lower-Div Elective) 3
American Institutions 3
Fine Arts 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: MAT 1010 will count as an elective if needed - 4 credits instead of 3 credits - 121 total
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
MAT 1030/ MAT 1035/STAT 1040/STAT 1045/MATH 1050/MATH 1055/MATH 1090 Quantitative Literacy 3
Lower-Div Elective 3
GEOG 130G Survey of World Geography 3
HIST 1500 World History to 1500 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics & Values 3
Biology choose from list 3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
HIST 151G World History from 1500 to present 3
HIST 2700 U.S. History to 1877 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science choose from list 3
HIST 2710 U.S. History Since 1877 3
Lower-Div Elective  3
Lower-Div Elective  3
Upper-Div Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Assitional BiologyPhysical Science choose from list 3
Language 1010  Foreign Language 4
U.S. History Area choose from list 3
Upper-Div HIST   3
Upper-Div Elective   3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Language 1020 Foreign Language 4
HIST 3010 The Historian's Craft 3
European History Area choose from list 3
Upper-Div Elective  3
Upper-Div HIST   3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Language 2010 Foreign Language 4
HIST 4980 Senior Research Thesis Research Component 3
World History Area choose from list 3
Upper-Div HIST  3
Upper-Div Elective  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Language 202G Foreign Language (Fulfills Humanities Requirement) 4
HIST 4990 Senior Research Thesis Writing Component 3
Special Topics Area choose from list 3
Upper-Div Elective   3
  Semester total: 13
  Degree total (if MAT 1010 taken)--121: 120

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


History Program Coordinator Contact:

 
 

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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