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Philosophy, A.A.

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Interest in studying philosophy begins with the desire to engage life’s greatest questions: finding the meaning of human existence, making sense of reality and our place in the cosmos, giving systematic form to our ethical and political intuitions, explaining the history of human ideas, and other equally significant problems. Often students wonder how the study of philosophy can provide the foundation for successful and meaningful employment. Contrary to popular belief, a philosophy major is one of the best preparations possible for careers in a large number of different areas. An article in the London Times rightly called philosophy the "ultimate 'transferable work skill'" insofar as it prepares students for a wide array of practical services. As a group, philosophy majors consistently score at or near the top on standardized tests, gain employment on graduation at higher than average rates, rank highly in median mid-career salary, and enjoy a well-earned reputation for rigorous thinking. In fact, the Association of American Colleges and Universities tells students, “[y]our specific choice of major matters far less than the knowledge and skills you gain through all your studies and experiences in college. In terms of jobs, employers don’t hire majors. They hire individuals with potential to succeed over the long term and add value to their companies or organizations.” The study of philosophy, one of the oldest and most rigorous disciplines, provides students with critical thinking, writing, and arguing skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive working environments.

Total Program Credits: 60

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 majors) (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 3
  Fine Arts 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 16 Credits
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy 3
  PHIL 120R Philosophy Forum 1
  PHIL 1610 Introduction to Western Religions 3
or PHIL 1620 Introduction to Eastern Religions  (3.0)  
  PHIL 2000 Formal Logic I   3
  PHIL 2110 Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
  PHIL 2150 Early Modern Philosophy 3
Elective Requirements: 9 Credits
  Same Foreign Language  8
  Any course 1000 level or higher  1

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 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.
  5. For the AA degree, completion of 8 credit hours of course work from one language.

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
American Institutions-AS Refer to GE (HIST 2700 and HIST 2710, HIST 1700, HIST 1740, POLS 1000, POLS 1100) 3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
PHIL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Elective   1
  Semester total: 12
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 or MAT 1035 or STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH 1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or College Algebra for Business** 3
Fine Arts-FF Refer to GE** 3
Humanities-HH HUM 1010-Humanities Through the Arts (recommended) 3
Foreign Language
Foreign Language 1010** 4
  Semester total: 16
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
PHIL 2110 Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
PHIL 1610/1620 Intro to Western Religions/Intro to Eastern Religions 3
Foreign Language Foreign Language 1020** 4
  Semester total: 16
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
PHIL 2150 Early Modern Philosophy 3
Social/Behavioral Science-SS Refer to GE** 3
PHIL 2000 Formal Logic I 3
PHIL 120R Philosophy Forum 1
  Semester total: 16
Notes: **see advisor to discuss best option
  Degree total: 60

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:  
Students pursuing advanced degrees in Philosophy, including a PhD, will likely be looking for tenure-track teaching positions at colleges and universities. Most Philosophy students will go on to graduate school, but not just in Philosophy. Philosophy majors, for example, are the highest average scoring group on the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE. Studying Philosophy develops high-demand skills, like complex critical thinking and problem solving. Therefore, Philosophy graduates can also consider themselves well-prepared for a long list of careers and fields, such as:
 
Law
Advertising
Higher Education
Computer Sciences
Human Resources
Journalism
Research Management
Medicine
Ethics Officers
Public Policy
Government
Public Relations
Publishing
Religion & Ministry
Non-profit/NGOs
Grant Writing/Fundraising
Finance

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