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Humanities and Social Sciences, A.S.

Requirements

The AA/AS  in Humanities and Social Sciences is designed to (a) allow students to explore different majors and career paths within the humanities and social sciences, (b) provide a completion point for students who do not want to pursue a bachelor’s  degree, and (c) facilitate transfer to another institution for students who would like to finish their bachelor’s  degree elsewhere. The curriculum consists of 35 credits of general education, 12 credits of electives in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and 1 free electives from any college within the university.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing     3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5.0)      
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors) 
 
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3) (recommended for Social Science majors)   
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)
 
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0) (recommended for Business majors)
 
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities 3
  Fine Arts 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 12 Credits

Any additional Humanities and Social Sciences Course 1000 or 2000 level with the following prefix: AIST, AMST, ANTH, ASL, BESC, CHIN, CHST, CINE, CLST, CNST, COMM, ENGL, FAMS, FREN, GER, GRK, HIST, HUM, IS, LATN, PHIL, POLS, PORT, PSY, RUS, SOC, SOSC, SPAN, SW

12
Elective Requirements: 13 Credits
 Any course at 1000 or 2000 level 13

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above (departments may require a higher GPA).
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU,
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track. (Note: This graduation plan has not been updated, please contact the department for the most updated plan.)

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010  Introduction to Academic Writing 3
MAT 1030 OR MAT 1035 or STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH 1090  
Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or College Algebra for Business
 
 3
Language 1 4
HLTH 1100 or PE 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
Humanities and Social Sciences Course (any)
3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
Physical Science Distribution
3
Biological Science Distribution 3

General Elective Course

(Any course at UVU above the 1000 level)
3

General Elective Course

(Any course at UVU above the 1000 level)
3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Fine Arts 3
Physical Science 3
Humanities and Social Sciences Course (any) 3

General Elective Course

(Any course at UVU above the 1000 level)
3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Third Science Distribution
3
Humanities Distribution
3
HIST 1700 or HIST 1740 or POLS 1000 or POLS 1100 or HIST 2700 and HIST 2710
American Civilization or US Economic History or American Heritage or American National Government or US History to 1877 and US History since 1877
 
3
Humanities and Social Sciences Course (any)
3
Humanities and Social Sciences Course (any) 3
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 60

Department

 Name:

Communication

 Location:

CB 502A

 Telephone:

 801-863-8452

 Email:

  Kristen.Smith@uvu.edu

 Web Address:

 uvu.edu/comm

 Chair:

 David Morin

 
 

Mission Statement

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, and 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. 

 
 

Journalism and Media Studies

 
 

Public Relations

 
 

Communication Studies

 
 

Faculty

Jordan Allen(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, M.A., Communication Studies, University of Montana, Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Brent Austin(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



A.A., Liberal Studies, College of the Desert, B.A., Communication Studies, M.A., Communication Studies, California State University, San Bernadino.

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Jessica Ballard(2018)

Professional in Residence

Department: Organizational Leadership
Faculty



B.A., Communication, M.P.C., Professional Communication, Westminster College.

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Maria Blevins(2013)

Associate Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Recreation Management, University of Maine at Machias; M.A., Organizational Communications, University of Montana; Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Utah.

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James Fisher(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., University Studies, University of New Mexico; M.A., Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia; Ph.D. (ABD), Journalism, University of Utah;

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Juliann Fitz(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Studio Art/Art History, Washington & Jefferson College; M.S., Communication/Public Relations, Syracuse University.

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Philip Gordon(1999)

Associate Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Speech Communications, University of Illinois.

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Kimberly Hanson(2016)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



A.A., Interpersonal Communication, Ricks College; B.A., Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Idaho State University; M.A., Interpersonal Communication Studies.

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Leandra Hernandez(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Mass Communication, University of St. Thomas, M.A., Mass Communication, University of Houston, Ph.D., Communication, Texas A&M University,

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Murphy Jeremy(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Broadcast Journalism, Illinois State University; M.A. Communication, San Diego State University.

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Jingdong Liang(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., English, People’s University of China; M.A., Journalism, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Ph.D., Communications, University of Utah.

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Meaghan McKasy(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Communication, Boston College, M.Sc., Environmental Humanities Advisor, Ph.D. (ABD) Communication, University of Utah.

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David Morin(2013)

Associate Professor

Department: Communication
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Political Science, University of Illinois; M.A., Communication, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Media & Communication, Bowling Green State University.

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Stevie Munz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., German Business/Translation, B.A., Organizational Communications, Northern Illinois University; M.A., Communication, Illinois State University; Ph.D., Communication Studies, Ohio University.

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Jessica Pauly(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.A., Communication Studies, Nebraska Wesleyan University, M.A., Communication Studies, University of Kansas, Ph.D., Communication Studies, Purdue University.

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Zachary Sapienza(2020)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Organizational Speech, M.S., Speech Communication,Ph.D.(ABD), Mass Communication/Media Arts, Southern Illinois University.

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Farah Sanders(2009)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University, M.Ed., Education, Southern Utah University.

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David Scott(2008)

Professor

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Political Science, B.S., Speech Communication, University of Utah; M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Georgia.

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Benjamin Wassink(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Communication
Faculty



B.S., Speech Communication, Utah Valley University, M.A., Communication, University of Montana.

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Careers

Careers:  
Virtually every modern field of endeavor has increasing demand for specialists with training in the field of communication. Traditional areas of employment for communication students include: print and electronic journalism; print and electronic entertainment; public relations (public affairs, media relations, customer relations, marketing, etc.); advertising; various sorts of writing, reviewing, and editing; training; sales; project management; and management. Today, new media technologies are expanding the need for communication specialists, as well as their range of skills. Communication also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in the fields of business, education, law, psychology, and of course, communication.

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