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Anthropologists increasingly focus on practical concerns. Faculty expertise focuses on the peoples and cultures of the Andes and western Amazon, Mexico, Latter-day Saints, Popular Catholicism, shamanism, religion health, digital anthropology, food, peoples of the Great Basin, Fremont, indigenous Southwest and public archaeology. Training at UVU is interdisciplinary and provides a strong grounding in anthropological history and social theory, as well as in methods. We emphasize the classic four fields and encourage students to develop and carry out their own research projects as part of becoming anthropologists.

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Psychology is a broad social science that seeks to understand the physiological, emotional, and mental processes that drive and influence human behavior; it is also a profession that takes the scientific foundation of psychology and applies it to try to solve human problems.

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Family Science

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This discipline provides focused learning on family dynamics and systems in preparation for human services or other related employment, or graduate school work in family studies, marriage and family therapy, and education. It includes studies of: family law, parenting, marriage, human development, family life education, human sexuality, and other areas all leading up to an internship where students can gain practical work and graduate school experience while developing lessons and teaching family life skills in the community.

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Social Work

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Social work is the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to this goal. Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends:

  • Assisting individuals and communities obtain tangible services
  • Providing counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups
  • Helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services
  • Participating in relevant legislative processes
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Sociology is the scientific study of individuals in their groups and larger social structures. It examines the social context in which the individual lives. Sociology is a discipline that describes, explains, and predicts human social patterns using scientific methods and theoretical constructs. Sociological research can be roughly categorized into two types: pure and applied. Pure sociology includes studies that add or reinforce the overall body of sociological knowledge. Applied sociology includes studies that are directed toward problem clarification and resolution.

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Substance Use Disorder Counseling

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SUDC Counselors help people who have alcohol and other drugs related issues. They counsel addicts, those who are concerned they may become addicts, and on occasion their loved ones. A SUDC does not prescribe medication or provide medical or psychological therapy. They usually help with practical problems, for example, helping a client find a job. In individual or group counseling settings a SUDC would help the client:

  • Identify behaviors and problems related to their substance use
  • Talk about, understand, and cope with problems
  • Develop personalized recovery programs
  • Establish healthy behaviors and coping strategies
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Graduate Degrees

Master of Social Work (MSW)

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The Master of Social Work program (MSW) is designed to educate and prepare students for a career at an advanced level in the social work profession. The MSW will prepare students to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), qualifying them for a wider range of career opportunities (mental health, medical social work, child welfare, etc.) working with various populations (children, adolescents, adults, elderly, disabled, etc.).

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Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT)

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The UVU Master in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) trains students to be professionally competent in the field of marriage and family therapy. Through the application of systemic theories, skills, and ethics, students are prepared to serve a diverse client population. Students who successfully complete the program, including academic course work and supervised clinical practicum, are eligible for employment and licensure as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Utah. This program is offered in collaboration with the Behavioral Science Department and the family science undergraduate degree.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

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The Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) prepares individuals to provide counseling services, mental health evaluations, and referrals to ameliorate and prevent cognitive and emotional crises as well as personal and interpersonal problems. Instruction will include coursework on individual and group counseling, psychotherapy theory and practice, human development, psychological assessment, psychopathology and diagnostics, professional standards and ethics as well as the governing laws and regulations of the field. Successful graduates will be eligible for employment and licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of Utah.

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