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American Studies, Minor

Requirements

American Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American cultures. Through examination of historical, religious, and literary texts, political institutions, popular culture, film, art, and the physical landscape, students will explore how Americans create meaning in their lives and make sense of the world in which they live. By encouraging students to approach their majors from the perspective of several overlapping disciplines, American Studies courses will foster deeper critical thinking and broader contextualization.

Total Program Credits: 18

Matriculation Requirements: 
  1. Completion of 30 hours of credit  at UVU.
  2. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements 6 Credits
AMST 2000 Introduction to American Studies 3
AMST 300R Topics in American Studies 3
Elective Requirements 12 Credits
Complete 12 hours from the following list of electives 12
Indians of Utah (3)  
Precolumbian America (3)  
Indians of the Great Plains (3)  
Indians of the Southwest (3)  
The Struggle for Self-determination American Indians 1891 to present (3)  
Language and Culture (3)  
Contemporary Issues in American Culture (3)  
Anthropology of Mormonism (3)  
Discourse Semiotics and Representation (3)  
History of American Art and Architecture (3)  
Propaganda and Persuasion (3)  
Communicating in Environments (3)  
Free Expression in a Democratic Society (3)  
Mormons Media and Culture (3)  
Race Class and Gender in U S Cinema (3)  
Constitutional History to Plessy 1896 (3)  
Constitutional History Since Plessy 1896 (3)  
Framing of the US Constitution (3)  
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3)  
US Economic Development and History (3)  
Foundations of American Education (2)  
Foundations of American Education (2)  
Introduction to Folklore (3)  
American Literature before 1865 (3)  
American Literature after 1865 (3)  
Early American Literature (3)  
Literature of the American Renaissance (3)  
Modern American Literature (3)  
Contemporary American Literature (3)  
Literature by Women (3)  
Mormon Literature (3)  
Studies in the American Novel (3)  
Multi-ethnic Literature in America (3)  
Environmental Law (3)  
Environmental Policy (3)  
Cartography (3)  
Environmental History of the United States (3)  
Women in American History to 1870 (3)  
Women in American History since 1870 (3)  
History of the American West to 1850 (3)  
History of the American West since 1850 (3)  
History of Utah (3)  
Issues and Topics in American History (3)  
American Origins to 1790 (3)  
US. History-Early Republic through the Progressive Era (3)  
U.S. History-Progressive Era to the 21st Century (3)  
American Revolution (3)  
Environmental History of the United States (3)  
Legacies and Reckonings in the American West (3)  
Special Issues and Topics in American History (3)  
Humanities Through the Arts (3)  
Approaches to Humanities(3)  
Language and Culture (3)  
Philosophical Issues in Feminism (3)  
Pragmatism and American Philosophy (3)  
Environmental Ethics (3)  
Social and Political Philosophy (3)  
US Presidency (3)  
US Congress (3)  
American Foreign Policy (3)  
Psychology of Gender (3)  
Natural Resource Interpretation (3)  
Sociology of Gender (3)  
Race and Minority Relations(3)  
Sociology of Education (3)  
Political Sociology (3)  
Social Change (3)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  2. Residency hours--minimum of 12 credit hours through course 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
AMST 2000 Introduction to American Studies 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: Prerequisite of ENGL 2010 or ENGH 1005 or ENGL 2010
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
AMST 300R Topics in American Studies 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: Elective credits: Students should consult the 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
AMST Elective American Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
AMST Elective American Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Elective credits:  Students should consult the  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
AMST Elective American Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
AMST Elective American Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Elective credits:  Students should consult the  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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