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American Indian Studies, Minor

Requirements

The American Indian Studies minor provides students with academic experiences, skills, and strategies to understand the scope of American indigenous communities within scholarly and applied contexts.

Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements:   18 Credits
  AIST 180G Introduction to American Indian Studies (3.0) 3
  AIST 4600 Contemporary American Indian Political and Social Issues  (3.0) 3
Complete four of the following: 12
  AIST 327G Indians of Utah (3.0)  
  AIST 358G American Indian Health Policy (3.0)  
  AIST 3600 American Indian Policy and Tribal Government (3.0)  
  AIST 3810 Pre-Columbian America (3.0)  
  AIST 3830 Indians of the Great Plains (3.0)  
  AIST 384G Indians of the Southwest (3.0)  
  AIST 3850 The Struggle for Self-determination--American Indians 1891 to present (3.0)  
  AIST 490R Special Topics in American Indian Studies (3.0)  
  ANTH 3300 Culture Development and International Aid (3.0)  
  ANTH 3450 Shamanism and Indigenous Religion (3.0)  
  BESC 4030 Introduction to Practice Evaluation and Grant Writing (3.0)  
  ENGL 357G Native American Literature (3.0)  
  HIST 382G Indians of Eastern North America (3.0)  

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.0 or above.
  2. Residency hours--minimum of 12 credits counting towards the minor through attendance at UVU.

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.

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
AIST 180G Introduction to American Indian Studies  3
  Semester total: 3
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
AIST Elective American Indian Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, community health, history, political science, english, humanities, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
AIST Elective American Indian Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
AIST Elective American Indian Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, community health, history, political science, english, humanities, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
AIST 4600 Introduction to American Indian Studies 3
AIST Elective American Indian Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Prerequisite of HIST 3010 or 3020 or instructor consent are required for HIST 400R; IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, community health, history, political science, english, humanities, etc. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
  Degree total: 18

Department

Name:

History & Political Science

Location:

CB 203A 303A

Telephone:

801-863-8487

Email:

HISTPOLS@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/hps

Chair:

Jay DeSart

 

 
 

Mission Statement

In keeping with the University's mission, the History and Political Science department is dedicated to providing students with a broad range of opportunities in general-education and discipline-specific courses. Our faculty members are committed to quality teaching, mentoring, and research. In an environment of discussion-based classroom experience and independent research opportunities, students develop analytical abilities, communication skills, and history and political science research methods. The History and Political Science department continually strives to provide a reflective, multicultural, and international perspective for students to actively engage in.

 
 

History & Political Science

 

Administrative Contact:

  • Kimberly Williamson
  • Telephone: 801-863-5885
  • Email:  Kimberlyw@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 185

 Advisors:

  • John Macfarlane
  • Telephone: 801-863-6716
  • Office: CB 506w
  • Email: Macfarjo@uvu.edu


History Program Coordinator Contact:

 
 

Faculty

Baktybek Abdrisaev(2007)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.S., Computer Science, Bishkek Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Electronics, Academy of Science Belarus.

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Lyn Bennett(1996)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, B.A., Anthropology, M.S.E., Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D., History, University of Kansas.

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Andrew Bibby(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Honors English, Concordia University; Ph.D., Political Science, Michigan State University.

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Richard Cho(2015)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Ph.D., Political Science, Stony Brook; M.A., Political Psychology, Columbia University.

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Geoffrey Cockerham(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, University of Illinois; M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona; J.D., Louisiana State University

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Jennifer Cullison(2018)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A., History, San Francisco University, M.A., Religious Studies, Ph.D., History, University of Colorado.

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Jay Desart(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Concordia College; M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Lynn England(2007)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pittsburg.

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F. Farnsworth Jr.(1972)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Asian Studies, M.A., International Administration, Brigham Young University; M.Phil., Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah.

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Michael Goode(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Business Administration, Goshen College; M.A., Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Rick Griffin(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History; Ph.D., Education, Leadership, and Foundations, Brigham Young University; J.D., University of Mississippi.

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John Hunt(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Indiana University Southeast; M.A., Medieval and Renaissance History, University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., Early Modern Italian and European History, The Ohio State University.

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Ernest Istook(2015)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Journalism, Baylor University; J.D., S.J., Quinney College of Law.

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Dustin Jansen(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



A.S., Science, Utah Valley University; B.A., History, Brigham Young University; J.D., S. J., Quinney College of Law.

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Mark Lentz(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A., PhD, Colonial Latin, Tulane University.

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Mark Lentz(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A., PhD, Colonial Latin, Tulane University.

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Brendan McCarthy(2018)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, St. Mary's College of Maryland, M.A., History, Ph.D., History, Ohio State University.

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Jenna Nigro(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History & French, Allegheny College; M.A., French Studies, New York University; Ph.D., History, University of Illinois.

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Hong Pang(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., International Politics, B.A., Economics, Peking University, P.R. China; M.A., Economics, Ph.D., Politics and International Relations, University of Southern California.

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Luke Peterson(2014)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Utah Valley University; MPAA, Public Policy, Harvard University.

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Keith Snedegar(1993)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, University of Michigan; M.S., English/Latin, University of Edinburgh; D.Phil., Modern History, University of Oxford.

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Steven Sylvester(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Political Science, California State University, Chico; Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kansas.

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David Wilson(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History and Classical Antiquities, M.A., Classics, University of Kansas; Ph.D., U.S. History, Brigham Young University.

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Adrienne Winans(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, University of Chicago; M.A., World History, New York University; Ph.D., History, Ohio State University.

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Kristin Youngbull(2019)

Lecturer

Department: History and Political Science
Faculty



BA, Brigham Young University, MA, University of Oklahoma, PhD, Arizona State University,

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Careers

Careers:  
After completion of the minor, graduates will have received an academic background that will prepare them for relevant employment in tribal governments and other Indian organizations, state or federal agencies which serve Indian tribes and organizations, and private sector enterprises that work with Indian tribes and organizations. Graduates will have received the basic knowledge and analytical skills to enable them to pursue graduate degrees in fields related to American Indian Studies. The American Indian Studies minor will emphasize the traditional acquisition of knowledge and skills that apply to American Indian communities, a vital sense of service to these communities, and an enthusiastic pursuit of what these communities
can contribute to the academy in knowledge, methods, and ethics.

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