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Humanities, B.A.

Requirements

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: 120

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 (recommended for Humanities or Arts) (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social Science majors) (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (recommended for Business majors) (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
  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 (HUM 1010, HUM 101G, or HUM 101H Recommended)   3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 48 Credits
Complete one of the following:  
  HUM 2010 World History Through the Arts I 3
or HUM 201G World History Through the Arts I (3.0)  
or HUM 201H World History Through the Arts I (3.0)  
  HUM 2020 World History Through the Arts II  3
or HUM 202G World History Through the Arts II (3.0)  
or HUM 202H World History Through the Arts II (3.0)  
  HUM 2100 Adventures of Ideas Through 1500  3
or HUM 210H Adventures of Ideas Through 1500 (3.0)  
  HUM 2200 Adventures of Ideas After 1500  3
or HUM 220H Adventures of Ideas After 1500 (3.0)  
  HUM 3500 Approaches to Humanities 3
  HUM 4910 Humanities Capstone   3
Complete 6 credits of the following: 6
  HUM 120R Humanities Forum (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) (3.0)  
  HUM 203G Art Form Focus I (3.0)  
  HUM 204G Art Form Focus II (3.0)  
Complete 15 credits of the following: 15
  HUM 320R Topics in Humanities (may be repeated for no more than 6 credits) (1.0)  
  HUM 325R Area Studies in Humanities (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) (3.0)  
  HUM 330R Period Studies in Humanities (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) (3.0)  
  HUM 3800 Aesthetics (3.0)  
Complete 9 credits of the following: 9
  HUM 400R Humanism and Posthumanism (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) (3.0)  
  HUM 401R Forms and Genres Across the Arts (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) (3.0)  
  HUM 414R Advanced Topics in Humanities (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) (3.0)  
Elective Requirements:    37 Credits
  One Foreign Language  16
  Any course 1000 or higher (No more than 6 total credit hours from HUM 281R and HUM 481R) 10 credits must be upper-division. 21

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements. *  
  5. Completion of 40 hours or upper-division credit.
  6. Completion of 16 credit hours of course work from one language to include the 1010, 1020, 2010, and 202G levels or transferred equivalents. **  
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.  
Footnote:
* It is highly recommended to fulfill the English Composition requirements during the first semesters of college.
** The Greek and Latin courses offered through the Department of Philosophy and Humanities do fulfill this requirement.

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 1030/ MAT 1035/STAT 1040/STAT 1045/MATH 1050/MATH 1055/MATH 1090 Quantitative Reasoning/Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra/Intro to Statistics/Introduction to Statistics with Algebra/College Algebra/College Algebra with Preliminaries/College Algebra for Business** 3
LANG 1010 GRK, LATN, SPAN, PORT, RUS, ASL, CHIN, JPNS, FREN, GER, or other 4
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
HUM 1010 / 101G / 101H Humanities Through the Arts 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing-Humanities & Social Sciences 3
Biology   3
HUM 2010/201G World History through the Arts I 3
American Institutions   3
LANG 1020 Continued from previous LANG option 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 / 205G / 205H Ethics and Values** 3
Physical Science   3
HUM 2020/202G World History through the Arts II 3
HUM 2100 Adventures of Ideas through 1500 3
LANG 2010 Continued from previous LANG option 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Additional Biology of Physical Science   3
LANG 2020/202G Continued from previous LANG option 4
Fine Art   3
HUM 2200 Adventures of Ideas after 1500 3
Social/Behavioral Science   3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
HUM 203G Art Form Focus I 3
Upper Elective Any 3000+ 3
HUM 325R Area Studies in HUM 3
HUM 320R Topics in HUM 3
Lower Elective Any 1000+ 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
HUM 204G Art Form Focus II 3
HUM 3800 Aesthetics 3
HUM 330R Period Studies in HUM  3
Lower Elective Any 1000+ 3
Lower Elective Any 1000+ 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
HUM 3500 Approaches to Humanities 3
HUM 320R Topics in HUM 3
HUM 400R Humanism and Posthumanism 3
Upper Elective Any 3000+ 3
Upper Elective Any 3000+ 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
HUM 4910 Capstone 3
HUM 401R Forms & Genres Across the Arts 3
HUM 414R Advanced Topics in Humanities 3
Upper Elective Any 3000+ 3
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 120

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

  • Department Chair: Pierre Lamarche
  • Office: CB 507b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8214
  • Associate Chair: Kelli Potter
  • Office: CB 507d
  • Telephone: 801-863-8817
  • Director of Humanities: Sam Liang
  • Office: LA 121
  • Telephone: 801-863-6266
  • Advisor:  Kindra Amott
  • Office: CB 506h
  • Telephone: 801-863-6717
  • Philosophy Front Office:
  • Office: CB 507
  • Telephone: 801-863-8352

 
 

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., 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; Ph.D. (ABD), Philosophy, University of New Mexico.

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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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Alexandra Karl(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Theory and History of Art, B.F.A., Studio Art, University of Ottawa; M.A., History of Art, Ludwig-Maimillians Universitat; Ph.D., History of Art, University of Cambridge.

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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



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

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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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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)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



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

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Eric Stencil(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



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

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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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