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Political Science - American Government Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

Political science enjoys a central position among the social sciences. Aristotle characterized politics as the “queen of the sciences.” It is a broad discipline that encompasses philosophical, historical and analytical studies of governments, politics and policies. Political science students learn not only the concepts, theories and methods associated with the discipline, but also gain the cognitive and presentational skills required of tomorrow’s public and private leaders. At its core, politics is about building and maintaining communities at the local, state, national and international levels that enable citizens to live enriching and fulfilling lives. Political science students develop not only an understanding of those communities, but also the ability to influence them.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences (3.0) 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0) (recommended)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0) (recommended)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  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)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (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: 39 Credits
  POLS 1100 American National Government 3
  POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
  POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
  POLS 230G Introduction to Political Theory 3
  POLS 3000 Political Analysis 3
  POLS 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics 3
  POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  POLS 3310 Introduction to Public Policy 3
  POLS 4990 Senior Seminar (3.0)  
or POLS 480R Internship 3
Quantitative Requirement  
  POLS 3010 Political Analysis II 3
Complete 9 credits from the following courses: 9
  POLS 3020 Public Program Analysis (3.0)  
  POLS 3040 Survey Research and Design Methods (3.0)  
  POLS 3050 Experimental Methods in Political Science (3.0)  
  POLS 3060 Qualitative Analysis (3.0)  
  POLS 3070 Policy Analysis (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 25 Credits
  Any courses numbered 1000 or higher. (3 credit hours must be upper division (3000-4000 level courses)) 25
Emphasis Requirements: 21 Credits
Complete 21 credits from the followings courses: 21
  AIST 4600 Contemporary American Indian Political and Social Issues (3.0)  
  CNST 3870 Constitutional History to Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  CNST 3880 Constitutional History Since Plessy 1896 (3.0)  
  CNST 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism (3.0)  
  CNST 4790 US Constitution (3.0)  
  PJST 4300 Race Gender and Class in Peace and Justice (3.0)  
  POLS 3030  State and Local Government (3.0)  
  POLS 3040 Survey Research and Design Methods (3.0)  
  POLS 3120 Political Parties  (3.0)  
  POLS 3150 US Presidency (3.0)  
  POLS 3180 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3.0)  
  POLS 3200 US Congress (3.0)  
  POLS 3220 Interest Groups (3.0)  
  POLS 3480 Race in Politics (3.0)  
  POLS 420R Issues and Topics in Political Science (3.0)  
  POLS 4250 Public Health Organization and Policy (3.0)  
  POLS 490R Independent Study (1.0)  
  PHIL 3700 Social and Political Philosophy (3.0)  
  SOC 3460 Political Sociology (3.0)  

 Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 or more semester credits, 40 credits must be upper-division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above, with no POLS course grade below C-.
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

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
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
POLS 1100 American National Government 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
Fine Arts Choose from list 3
Lower-Div Elective Choose from list 3
Lower-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Humanities Choose from list 3
American Institutions Choose from list 3
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics & Values 3
Biology Choose from list 3
Physical Science Choose from list 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Choose from list 3
POLS 230G Introduction to Political Theory 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Biological/Physical Science Choose from list 3
POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
POLS 3310 Introduction to Public Policy 3
Lower-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
Lower-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 3250  Introduction to Law & Politics 3
POLS Concentration Choose from concentration list 3
Upper-Div Elective  3
POLS 3000 Political Analysis 3
POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirement Choose from list 3
POLS 3010 Political Analysis II 3
POLS Concentration Choose from  concentration list. 3
POLS Concentration Choose from  concentration list. 3
Upper-Div. Elective Choose from list. 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirement Choose from list 3
POLS Concentration Choose from  concentration list. 3
POLS Concentration Choose from  concentration list. 3
POLS Concentration Choose from  concentration list. 3
POLS Concentration Choose from  concentration list. 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirement Choose from list 3
POLS 480R/POLS 4990 Internship or Senior Seminar 3
Upper-Div Elective Choose from list 4
Upper-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
  Semester total: 13
  Degree total: 120

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: 801-863-8487
  • Email:  Kimberlyw@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 185

 Advisors:

  • Students A-R HIST/POLS majors or HIST ED
  • John Macfarlane
  • Telephone: 801-863-6716
  • Office: CB 506w
  • Email: Macfarjo@uvu.edu
  • Students S-Z HIST/POLS majors
  • Angela Chavez
  • Telephone: 801-863-5389
  • Office: CB 506v
  • Email: Angela.Chavez@uvu.edu
  • Students S-Z HIST ED majors
  • Kindra Amott
  • Telephone: 801-863-8047
  • Office: CB 506h
  • Email: Kindra.Amott@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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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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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

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Commerce

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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Careers

Careers:  
Political science students develop a versatility of skills that prepare them for a wide range of future career paths. The career possibilities for a political science student include: government service and public administration at the federal, state, and local levels; policy analysis and lobbying for both nonprofit organizations and corporations; foreign service; campaign consulting; public opinion and marketing research; journalism; and secondary and postsecondary education. Political science is also the leading course of study for students preparing to enter law school.

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