Welcome to UVU's College of Humanities & Social Sciences

The CHSS Dean's office is located on the 5th floor of the Classroom Building in CB 509. 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:


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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


AP Study

UVU Research Group Publishes Study on AP Classes

High school students who take an advanced placement class but not the test are no better off academically than students who never take an AP class, suggests a recent study by a group from Utah Valley University. The study calls into question the thought that taking an AP class will benefit a student more than a traditional high school course.

"There seem to be no academic benefits to students taking AP classes, unless they prepare for and take the corresponding AP test," said Russell Warne, assistant professor of psychology at UVU and the research group leader. "Some people believe that all students will learn more if they take AP courses, but our study shows that just being in an AP course, without taking the test, does not help students academically."

Warne and his team — which included Ross Larsen, an assistant professor at Brigham Young University, and Alyce Odasso and Braydon Anderson, both UVU students at the time — looked at more than 90,000 high school students from every public high school in Utah. They divided the students into four groups: non-AP students, AP students who didn't take the test, AP students who took the test and didn't pass, and AP students who took the test and passed. Then, after controlling for more than 70 variables, the research team compared the students' ACT scores

"It's very notable that students who enroll in an AP course but don't take the exam perform worse than those who take the course and the exam, whether they pass or fail," said Odasso, now a graduate student at Texas A&M University. "We weren't expecting that, but even a student who fails the exam is more likely to reap benefits than the student who doesn't take the exam at all."

So, what about those students who did take the exam? What benefits did they see?

"Students who took the AP test but didn't pass scored about .25 to .50 points higher on the ACT than non-AP students," Warne said. "The students who passed the AP exam scored an additional 1 to 2.8 points higher. That may not sound like a lot, but a one- or two-point boost can mean the difference between a student getting rejected or accepted into his or her dream school.

The study is also an example of UVU's commitment to engaged learning. Taking learning beyond the classroom, the University seeks to give students real-world experiences that will better prepare them to make an immediate impact in their chosen field once they leave UVU.

"Doing research during my undergrad was a huge contributor to me getting my current job at Qualtrics," Anderson said. "Not only did Qualtrics expect high GPAs and work experience, but they also expected extracurricular activities. Doing research was unique and helped me set myself apart."

Read the complete study here.

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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 includes:

  • 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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