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Political Science, 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:  
  1. Completion of POLS 1010, Introduction to Political Science; or POLS 1100, American National Government.
  2. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements: 21 Credits
Complete THREE of the following: 9
  POLS 1020 Political Ideologies (3.0)  
  POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations (3.0)  
  POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3.0)  
  POLS 230G Introduction to Political Theory (3.0)  
  POLS 3120 Political Parties (3.0)  
  POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration (3.0)  
Complete TWO of the following: 6
  POLS 3030 State and Local Government (3.0)  
  POLS 3150 US Presidency (3.0)  
  POLS 3200 US Congress (3.0)  
  POLS 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics (3.0)  
  POLS 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism (3.0)  
  POLS 4790 US Constitution (3.0)  
Complete TWO of the following: 6
  POLS 3000 Political Analysis (3.0)  
  POLS 3100 Survey of International Terrorism (3.0)  
  POLS 3180 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3.0)  
  POLS 3400 American Foreign Policy (3.0)  
  POLS 3500 International Relations of the Middle East (3.0)  
  POLS 359G American Indian Law and Tribal Government (3.0)  
  POLS 3600 International Relations of East Asia (3.0)  
  POLS 3610 International Organization (3.0)  
  POLS 3680 International Political Economy (3.0)  
  POLS 4500 International Conflict and Security (3.0)  
  POLS 4610 International Law and Relations (3.0)  
  POLS 480R Internship (2.0)  

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete all political science courses with a grade of "C-" or better.

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 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  Semester total: 9
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 3150 U.S. Presidency 3
POLS 3200 U.S. Congress 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 3400 American Foreign Policy 3
POLS 3610 International Organizations 3
  Semester total: 6
  Degree total: 21

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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