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




CHSS Faculty & Staff Back to School Meeting

Thursday, August 21, 2014 • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wasatch Campus, Heber City, UT

This is our yearly Back to School retreat. It will be held at UVU's Wasatch Campus in Heber City. 9AM to 4PM.

Fall 2014 Semester begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Block and semester-long courses begin

Labor Day

Monday, September 1, 2014

Campus will be closed

UVU Conference on ADHD

Friday, September 26, 2014

This annual conference, co-sponsored with University College, focuses on empowering children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This year's keynote speaker is Sari Solden. For more information visit the conference website.

For a full calendar please check out the CHSS Events page


CHSS Back to School Retreat

UVU Wasatch CampusOn Thursday, August 21st the College of Humanities & Social Sciences is holding its annual Back to School Retreat for all fulltime faculty and staff up at the Wasatch Campus in Heber City. The retreat begins at 8:30 with a continental breakfast. Departments then get a chance to break away and have some time for planning. During the break for lunch we will have visitors from all over campus come speak with us about how they can help, and we will provide a photographer if you are looking to update your professional page. The afternoon offers another opportunity for department break outs. 

The Wasatch Campus is located along Highway 40 just north of Heber City. Click here for directions. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues before the start of the school year, and the views from campus are always worth the drive.

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)