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Humanities, A.S.

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The discipline of humanities is the study of human intellectual and artistic creativity and what the resulting artistic forms reveal about the human experience. This field of study draws on other disciplines such as history, fine arts, literature, intellectual history, music, foreign languages, theology, and philosophy to see how the several artistic forms communicate and work together to give an in-depth record of the meaning of human life in the past and present. The discipline also emphasizes the relationship between the arts, culture, and society. A background in humanities is helpful in preparing for employment in education, business, government, civil and foreign service, tourism, and in preparation for graduate studies.

Total Program Credits: 62

General Education Requirements: 35 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) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended for Social Science majors)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business  (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  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
or PHIL 205G Ethics and Values (3.0)  
or PHIL 205H Ethics and Values (3.0)  
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 21 Credits
Complete One of the Following: 3
  HUM 1010 Humanities Through the Arts (3.0)  
or HUM 101G Humanities Through the Arts (3.0)  
or HUM 101H Humanities Through the Arts (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HUM 2010 World History Through the Arts I (3.0)  
or HUM 201G World History Through the Arts I (3.0)  
or HUM 201H World History Through the Arts I (3.0)  
  HUM 203G Art Form Focus I (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HUM 2020 World History Through the Arts II (3.0)  
or HUM 202G World History Through the Arts II (3.0)  
or HUM 202H World History Through the Arts II (3.0)  
  HUM 204G Art Form Focus II (3.0)  
Complete 6 credits of the following: 6
  HUM 2100 Adventures of Ideas Through 1500 (3.0)  
or HUM 210H Adventures of Ideas Through 1500 (3.0)  
  HUM 2200 Adventures of Ideas After 1500 (3.0)  
or HUM 220H Adventures of Ideas After 1500 (3.0)  
  HUM 320R Topics in Humanities (1.0)  
  HUM 325R Area Studies in Humanities (3.0)  
  HUM 330R Period Studies in Humanities (3.0)  
Complete 6 additional credits from the following: AVC, DANC, ENGL, HUM, MUSC, PHIL, THEA (1000 level or higher)  6
Elective Requirements: 6 Credits
  1000 level or higher  6

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 62 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours-- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental 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
General Elective/ MAT 1010 * Intermediate Algebra (recommended) 4
American Institutions-AS Refer to GE (POLS 1000, POLS 1100, HIST 1000, or HIST 1700) 3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
HUM 1010 / 101G / 101H Humanities Through the Arts 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: *based on test scores, see advisor for details
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing-Humanities & Social Sciences 3
MAT 1030/MATH 1040/1050/1090 Quantitative Reasoning/Intro to Statistics/College Algebra or College Algebra for Business** 3
HUM 2010/201G Arts in Humanistic Traditions I 3
Humanities-HH Refer to GE (all except HUM options)** 3
Elective (AS)   2
Elective Credit Choose from AVC, DANC, ENGL, HUM, MUSC, PHIL, THEA (1000 level or higher) 3
  Semester total: 17
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 / 205G / 205H Ethics and Values** 3
Biology Refer to GE** 3
HUM 2020/202G Arts in Humanistic Traditions II 3
Fine Art-FF Refer to GE** 3
Elective Credit Choose from AVC, DANC, ENGL,HUM, MUSC, PHIL, THEA (1000 level or higher) 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science Refer to GE** 3
Third Science Refer to GE (BB or PP)** 3
HUM Elective HUM 2100/2200/203G/204G/320R/325R/330R/3800** 3
HUM Elective HUM 2100/2200/203G/204G/320R/325R/330R/3800** 3
Social/Behavioral Science-SS Refer to GE** 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
  Degree total: 62

Department

Name:

Philosophy & Humanities

Location:

CB 507 (PHIL) & CB 211 (HUM)

Telephone:

801-863-8352 & 801-863-6284

Email:

 

Web Address:

uvu.edu/philhum

Chair:

Pierre Lamarche

 
 

Mission Statement

The UVU Philosophy and Humanities Department is committed to the idea that logic and critical thinking are the core of all academic disciplines. The department engages in the critical study of the intellectual and creative underpinnings of the liberal arts curriculum. The humanities reflect on and interact with those creative enterprises that make us most human: art, architecture, music, and poetry. Philosophy engages theoretical and practical questions about reality and human experience in the life-long pursuit of truth and understanding.

In keeping with the democratic ideal of an educated citizenship, the department aims to provide the highest quality educational experience to prepare students for an increasingly complex and intellectually demanding society. The free exploration of ideas will expose students to a variety of perspectives on important issues; the critical examination of those ideas will impart the skills of reflection and decision-making.

The department hopes to develop in its students a set of skills and knowledge useful for all forms of reflection and investigation. First, we teach the skills of critical thinking - both the practical skills of problem solving, and the subtler exercise of reflection on one’s own values and beliefs. Second, we teach the skills of communication, through effective speech and clear, rigorous writing. Third, we impart a wide variety of content, including knowledge of the history of philosophy and the humanities, an appreciation and understanding of human diversity, and a connection of these topics to practical life. Fourth, we hope to impart the basic values of the liberal arts, including self- reflectiveness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity.
 
 

Philosophy & Humanities

  • Advisor: Erin Donahoe-Rankin 
  • Office: CB 506H
  • Telephone: 801-863-6717
  • Email: donahoer@uvu.edu
  • Humanities Program Coordinator: Sam Liang
  • Telephone: 801-863-6266
  • Email: SLiang @uvu.edu
 
 

Faculty

Brian Birch(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Religious Studies

M.S., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion & Theology, Claremont Graduate University.

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Thomas Bretz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy/Ethics, Dresden University of Technology; M.A.,,Philosophy, The New School for Social Research; Ph.D (ABD) Philosophy, Loyola University.

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Alex Caldiero(2002)

Senior Artist in Residence

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Artist in Residence

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Elaine Englehardt(1980)

Distinguished Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Journalism, M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Communications, University of Utah.

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Laura Guerrero(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Willamette University; M.A., Philosophy, University of Hawaii;

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Wayne Hanewicz(2004)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair

Department: Integrated Studies
Faculty

B.S., M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Michigan (Interdisciplinary).

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Jorgen Hansen(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.S., Philosophy, Utah Valley University; M.A., Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.

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Pierre Lamarche(2000)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Physics, University of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas.

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Samuel Liang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Studies

B.A., Architecture, Anhul Architectural Industry Institute; M.A., History of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai; Ph.D., Art History, Binghampton University.

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Michael Minch(2001)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Peace and Justice Studies

B.A., History, Grand Canyon College; M.A., Political Philosophy, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah; M. Divinity, The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Karen Mizell(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Incarnate Word College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oklahoma.

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Shannon Mussett(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Goucher College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Christopher Nguyen(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California; B.A., Philosophy, Harvard University.

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Jeffery Nielsen(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., German, Weber State University; M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), Philosophy, Boston College.

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R. Potter(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., Florida State University; M.A., University of Notre Dame.

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Katherine Reed(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.M., Music Education, Youngstown State University; M.M., Trombone Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas; Ph.D., Historical Musicology, University of Florida.

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Michaela Sawyer(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



M.A., English, Washington University; M.A., American Studies, Heinrich-Heine University.

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Michael Shaw(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Classical Studies

B.A., Philosophy, Bates College; M.A., Philosophy, Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Leslie Simon(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., English Literature, Texas A&M University; M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), English & Literature, Boston University.

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Eric Stencil(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Ph.D., Philosophy, M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., Philosophy & History, Bowling Green State University.

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Christine Weigel(2002)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, B.M., Music Performance, Lawrence University; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University.

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Careers

Careers:  

A background in humanities is helpful in preparing for employment in education, business, government, civil and foreign service, tourism, and in preparation for graduate studies. A list of career ideas might include:  technical writing, education and outreach, public relations, internal communications, fund-raising, policy research and analysis, program planning, administration, information management, human resources, libraries, museums, and more. 

Here are a few articles to help you think about your options,  as well:

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