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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Administrative Support: Sara Ames
  • Office: CB 509
  • Telephone: 801-863-7435
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  • Fax: 801-863-7383
  • Associate Dean, Academics: Janet Colvin
  • Office: CB 509C
  • Telephone: 801-863-7282
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  • Assistant Dean, Administration and Development: Toni E. Harris
  • Office: CB 509D
  • Telephone: 801-863-6816
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  • Assistant to Dean, Finance & Operations: Jolene Arnoff
  • Office: CB 509E
  • Telephone: 801-863-8743
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  • Communication Specialist: Amanda Hyer
  • Office: CB 507T
  • Telephone: 801-863-6042
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  • Fax: 801-863-7383
  • Internship Specialist:  Noelle Halasima
  • Office: CB 508a
  • Telephone: 801-863-5639
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  • IT Specialist: Devin Raine
  • Office: CB 309D
  • Telephone: 801-863-8942
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Degrees Offered

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Social Work

Bachelor of Arts/Science



  • Journalism and Media Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Public Relations

Deaf Studies

  • General Deaf Studies
  • Interpreting


  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Studies
  • Writing Studies

Family Science
Integrated Studies

  • American Sign Language
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Communication
  • English
  • Ethics
  • French
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Russian Studies
  • Photography
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Political Science

  • American Government
  • Global Politics
  • Indian Affairs Administration
  • Peace and Justice Studies
  • Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Public Law and Political Philosophy

Secondary Education

  • ASL and Deaf Studies
  • English
  • History and Social Studies
  • Secondary French Education
  • Spanish


Bachelor of Social Work

Associate in Arts/Science

Behavioral Science
English with an Emphasis in Technical Communication
History and Political Science

Certificate of Proficiency

Interdisciplinary Gerontology
Licensed Substance Disorder Counseling
Technical Communication


American Indian Studies
American Studies
Chinese Commerce
Chinese Language
Chinese Studies
Cinema and Media Studies
Classical Studies
Constitutional Studies
Deaf Studies
English Creative Writing
English Education
English Literary Studies
Environmental Studies
Family Science
Gender Studies
Latin American Studies
Peace and Justice Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Russian Studies
Spanish for the Professions--Translation/Interpreting
Technical Communication
Writing Studies



 Behavioral Science

  • Department Chair: Cameron John
  • Office: CB 401d
  • Telephone: 801-863-6377

Academic Advising Appointments:

The Behavioral Science department is a rigorous interdisciplinary program (Anthropology, Family Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Social Work and Substance Use Disorder Counseling, Genentology) that prepares students to make positive contributions in their academic, work, and community settings by developing their understanding of human functioning in various contexts. We promote and mentor student engagement with each other and with their academic, professional, or geographic communities in order to achieve essential learning outcomes.


  • Department Chair: David Morin
  • Office: CB 502V
  • Telephone: 801-863-5509


The Utah Valley University Communication Department is shaping students to become the industry’s next top leaders in Journalism and Media Studies, Public Relations and Communication Studies through courses and engaged learning experiences that are theoretically-driven, innovative, and applied.

The department prepares students with the necessary skills to communicate visually, orally and through written documentation within the context demanded by the business, journalism, marketing, public relations world. Students are also equipped with a solid ethical foundation and an understanding of diversity, interdependence, and cultural perspectives in the global community.

English & Literature

  • Department Chair: Brian Whaley
  • Office: CB 402v
  • Telephone: 801-863-6071

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

  • Department Chair: Jay DeSart
  • Office: CB 203u
  • Telephone: 801-863-6314

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.

Integrated Studies

  • Department Chair: Wayne Hanewicz
  • Office: CB 311H
  • Telephone: 801-863-6343

The Integrated Studies Program is designed to allow student to customize their degree by combining two emphases and completing a major capstone project throughout their senior year integrating both disciplines of study.

Languages and Cultures

  • Department Chair: Bryan Eldredge
  • Office: CB 310b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6257

The mission of the Department of Languages and Cultures at Utah Valley University is to prepare students to interact effectively in a global community by acquiring competent communicative skills, and developing sensitivity toward cultural differences. By engaging with linguistic and cultural artifacts such as history, literature, and contemporary social structures and systems, language and culture students learn to think critically and behave ethically as they mature in linguistic and cultural literacy.This department prepares students to enter the global work force, further graduate studies and enjoy lifelong enrichment.

Philosophy & Humanities

  • Department Chair: Leslie Simon
  • Office: CB 507b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8128

The UVU Department of Philosophy and Humanities is committed to the idea that critical thinking is the core of all academic disciplines. Our students engage with the intellectual underpinnings of the liberal arts curriculum. Humanities investigates those creative enterprises that make us mo­­st human: art, architecture, music, poetry, and other innovative and aesthetic media. Philosophy explores theoretical and practical questions about reality and human experience in the pursuit of truth and understanding. Students in both programs learn how to think critically, communicate clearly and persuasively, and adapt to new perspectives and cultural insights. Skills learned in philosophy and humanities are relevant and transferable to myriad professions and promote lifelong learning and intercultural awareness.