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




2015 PRSSA Regional Conference

February 23-25, 2015

Sorensen Student Center


UVU Conference on Addiction

Friday, February 27, 2015 • 9 AM - 4 PM

Sorensen Student Center

For a complete schedule of events check out the conference website.


4th Annual Humanities Symposium

March 5 & 6, 2015 • 8 AM - 6 PM

Library Auditorium (Li 120) 

For a full calendar please check out the CHSS Events page


UVU to Host Regional Student Public Relations Conference

PR ElevatedPublic relations professionals from across the country will be featured at Utah Valley University Feb. 23-25 as it hosts the 2015 Public Relations Regional Conference for the Western United States. UVU was selected earlier this fall to host by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) to host the prestigious conference.

Conference speakers include professionals from CNN, Adobe, McDonald’s, Overstock.com,  General Motors, and PR firms in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston.

Students who attend the conference, “PR Elevated: Aspiring to New Heights,” will have an opportunity to network, attend workshops and listen to public relations professionals with varied backgrounds.  Public relations students from more than 30 universities in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, Wyoming and Oregon, are invited to attend. In addition, public relations professionals along the Wasatch Front and high school seniors from nearby high schools are also welcome to attend.

UVU was selected to host the regional conference through a competitive application and interview process, according to Stephen Whyte, assistant professor of communication. “Five years ago, a goal was set for UVU to host this conference,” Whyte said. “Through the combined talents and consistent work of faculty, students, PRSSA and the University administration, this national recognition is a tremendous accomplishment.”

Planned by UVU’s public relations students, Whyte said:  “This once-in-a-lifetime student engaged-learning experience will further position the University, the Communication Department and the public relations program as national leaders.”

UVU’s PRSSA Chapter was created in 2009 and within its first five years has received local, state, national and international recognition. The chapter was named best in the nation in 2013 and has received numerous awards including Golden Spike Awards, and three Hermes Creative Awards during an international competition sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

To register for the conference visit www.prELEVATED.com

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)


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