College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts/Science
Bachelor of Social Work
Associate in Arts/Science
English with an Emphasis in Technical Communication
History and Political Science
Certificate of Proficiency
Licensed Substance Abuse Counseling
English Creative Writing
English Literary Studies
Latin American Studies
The mission of the Behavioral Science Department is to prepare students for careers in the fields of anthropology, family studies, psychology, social work, sociology, and other related professions. Finding solutions to human problems involves engagement with the community and the ability to apply academic theories to the real world. Behavioral Science students learn academic rigor in writing, critical thinking, analysis, and research. A multicultural perspective and respect for the range of individual differences are central to the department’s mission. Insight, skill acquisition, and personal application are also important aspects of a student’s exposure to the behavioral sciences. Classes are frequently taught using experiential methods and collaborative assignments.
The mission of the Department of Communication is to prepare students to execute critical thinking skills and to help students prepare for careers that require expertise in oral, written, and/or mediated communications. The department offers programs of study leading to Associate in Arts/Science and Bachelor of Arts/Science degrees with concentrations in Journalism, Public Relations, or Speech Communication. Communication is also available as an emphasis for a BA or BS in Integrated Studies.
Programs of study in Communication at UVU offer a balance of analytic and applied approaches to study in the field. The department offers an expanding menu of beginning and advanced courses in interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, international communication, organizational communication and journalism.
Encouraging student internships, and working closely with Student Media and other units on campus, the curriculum balances traditional, academic-style learning with applied, practical approaches to study in the field.
Note: Communication students in the journalism emphasis are required to have laptop computers.
English & Literature
The Department of English and Literature provides an innovative and stimulating learning environment to help students broaden their cultural experiences, deepen and refine their abilities in critical thinking, and improve their skills in written and verbal communication. By offering courses, programs and activities in literature, creative writing, college-level composition, and technical communication, the department aims to foster an invigorating and diverse learning community that changes the ways students envision themselves and the world, thus making them more thoughtful and productive contributors to their communities. Students pursuing English studies gain invaluable workplace skills: they think more critically and creatively; they communicate clearly and logically; they comprehend the ways language defines and affects behavior, and they come to understand the complexity of human relations in various cultural and historical contexts.
History & Political Science
In keeping with the University’s mission, the History and Political Science department is dedicated to providing students with a broad range of opportunities and experiences in general-education and discipline-specific courses in history and political science. Classes are taught in ways that foster critical thinking and analysis of complex issues and materials through lecture, reading, class discussion, and the development of written- and oral-presentation skills. The History and Political Science department strives to provide a reflective, multicultural, and international perspective.
The individualized nature of the Integrated Studies degree is attractive to students with multiple interests who want to develop skills that are relevant to a variety of careers. Students integrate course work in emphases such as science, business, health, literature, languages, communication, philosophy, behavioral science, social science and the arts. Emphases from computer science and information systems, accounting, technology and trades and physical education are also offered as part of this degree.
Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Interdisciplinary Studies provides a framework for supporting innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus as well as in wider intellectual and social communities. IDST coordinates existing multidisciplinary minor and emphasis programs and provides guidance and support as new programs are envisioned and established. IDST programs promote instructional excellence and offer a variety of courses and events that enhance the overall academic experience at Utah Valley University.
Interdisciplinary Minor Programs
American Indian Studies
Peace and Justice Studies
The Department of Languages promotes global awareness, intercultural understanding and international insights by providing instruction in eight languages (American Sign Language, Chinese, German, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). The lower division courses (1000-2000 level) fulfill Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Arts program requirements; the upper division courses (3000-4000 level) apply to degree program requirements, including the Deaf Studies, ASL and Deaf Studies Education, Spanish and Spanish Education degrees, the Integrated Studies degree (emphasis in Spanish, French, or ASL), and the minors in Deaf Studies, French, German, Languages and Spanish. Language instruction is enhanced by excellent, caring instructors who are supported by a multimedia language lab focused on cutting-edge technology in the delivery of instruction.
Philosophy & Humanities
The Department of Philosophy and Humanities provides critical study of the creative and intellectual underpinnings of the liberal arts curriculum that connects students to the past, present and future. Students will understand and be able to apply foundational philosophical concepts in all major disciplines, including concepts from multicultural, historical, artistic and values-conscious belief systems. The department is dedicated to enhancing critical thinking and writing skills to support student occupational and academic endeavors.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Advisory Board
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to researching and promoting human rights through the memory and commitment of the college to the dream of Dr. King. This annual event provides a forum for students and faculty alike, to discuss ideas, raise questions and attempt to understand the significance of civil rights issues past, present, and future. The Coordinator and the Advisory Board oversees the organization, planning and evaluation of the Commemoration. Please contact Dr. William W. Cobb, Jr., Professor of History, with further questions,.