Welcome to UVU's College of Humanities & Social Sciences

The CHSS Dean's office is located on the 2nd floor of the Liberal Arts building in LA 209. Our main telephone number is 801.863.7435. Our fax number is 801.863.7383. Our Mail Stop is 144. We are home to the following academic departments:



CHSS Dean's office staff

CHSS Advisors

CHSS degrees we offer

CHSS Conferences & Events




Labor Day

Monday, September 1, 2014

Campus will be closed

2014 Presidential Lecture: Changing The World Through Interfaith Cooperation

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • 1 - 2:30PM
UVU Grande Ballroom

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. For more information visit the Interreligious Engagement Initiative website.

The Past & Future of Civil Resistance with Dr. Erica Chenoweth, University of Denver

Thursday, September 18, 2014 • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 

Library Auditorium (Li 120)

Ethics Awareness Week

September 22-26, 2014

For a full list of events please check out the Ethics Center website.

Happenings in Humanities: Saxophonist John Flanders 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 • 7 PM

SC 206

For a full calendar please check out the CHSS Events page


adhdThe 3rd Annual UVU Conference on ADHD

University College, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Education are pleased to present the 3rd Annual ADHD Conference. This conference is designed for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and professionals who are interested in learning about ADHD, treatments, education and family life, available services, and practical resources.

We invite you to listen to leading experts in ADHD, and join in the breakout sessions instructed by a multidisciplinary group of professional that will share their research and best practices.

This is a great opportunity to come together as a community and broaden the awareness of ADHD. Please join us in the Student Center at Utah Valley University on September 26, 2014. Conference check-in open at 8:00am, the keynote session begins at 9:00am, and all breakout sessions will conclude at 4:00pm. Click here for the conference website. 





Philosophy professor to host a series of panel discussions on video games at UMOCA

Level UpDr. Thi Nguyen of the Philosophy & Humanities department is hosting a series of panel discussions on video games at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. Level Up "will question the artistic quality of environment aesthetics, investigate player experience as a greater narrative and explore the social and ethical implications of in-game economics and open world creativity on global society."

Here is the schedule:

September 3 Video Games are Virtually Art

September 17 The Narritave Experience

October 1 Simulating Economics 

October 8 The Minecraft Sensation: Creativity in Games

October 29 Enter the Uncanny Valley

For more information check out the series website

For more CHSS news items check out our Newsroom.


Dean David YellsWelcome to the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at Utah Valley University. The College is proud to offer Associate and Bachelors Degrees in a wide range of disciplines housed in our seven departments. For more information on specific programs, please visit the departmental home pages.

Our faculty and staff are highly professional, highly motivated individuals who are committed to providing an exceptional undergraduate educational experience. Education in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences is provided in a wide range of formats. There are traditional lecture-based classes, laboratory classes, internships, and service learning opportunities. We offer a wide range of courses that fulfill General Education Requirements and courses that fill major requirements. We hope our students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enable them to be successful participants in today's world.


The College of Humanities & Social Sciences offers degree programs and courses of study in several disciplines. Through superb teaching, students and graduates of the College acquire many of the intellectual and practical skills necessary for the workplace, for further professional and graduate study, and for participation in the community, in the nation, and globally. In the challenging, yet nurturing, environment of the classroom, and through undergraduate scholarship, research, and service-learning projects, our students have the opportunity to reach their academic and employment goals. Many of the College's graduates move right into the workforce, and many others continue their education in fields such as law, business, medicine, government, teaching, the social sciences.


facultyElizabeth OwensMichael MinchKris DotyRussell WarneRon Hammond

CHSS Faculty members can access our faculty resource page here.


Classroom BuildingRendering of the Classroom Building

The new building is planned to include:

  • 236 offices
  • 32 classrooms, including two computer labs and three "experimental" (highly collaborative) classrooms
  • 6 conference rooms
  • 3 study rooms
  • 1 multi-purpose room (similar to Library's Lakeside room)
  • Multiple configurable "study zones" (think write-on glass, a few areas with monitors and/or whiteboards, and movable furniture)