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IS Emphasis in American Studies


For a complete list of program requirements see the BA Integrated Studies or the BS Integrated Studies.

Total Program Credits: 18

Discipline Core Requirements: 6 Credits
AMST 2000   Introduction to American Studies 3
AMST 300R   Topics in American Studies 3
Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
Complete twelve 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 WE (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 Plan

Semester 1 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
  Social/Beh. Science Dist. (PSY 1010 Suggested) 3
PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
  General Electives 9
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Humanities Dest. (COMM 1020 Recommend) 3
  American Institutions 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MAT 1010 Intermediate Algebra (General Elective) 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
  Physical Science Dist. (PHYS 2010 & 2015 recommended) 3
BIOL 1010 General Biology 3
ENGL 2920 Intermediate Writing - Science and Technology 3
CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry 4
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
  Semester total: 17
Semester 4 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
ZOOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
ZOOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab 1
  Third Science Dist. (CHEM 1210 and 1215 Recommended) 3
ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
ZOOL 2425 Human Anatomy Lab 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 5 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
EXSC 270G Foundation of Exercise Science 3
EXSC 3500 Kinesiology 3
MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics  
or BESC 3010 Statistics for Behavioral Science 4
EXSC 3270 Exercise Testing and Prescription 3
EXSC 2500 Sports Medicine 3
EXSC 2510 Sports Medicine Lab 1
  Semester total: 17
Semester 6 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
EXSC 4300 Research Methods in Exercise Science and Outdoor Rec 3
EXSC 3550 Motor Learning and Development 3
EXSC 3850 Ethical Concerns in Exercise Science 3
EXSC 3700 Exercise Physiology 3
EXSC 3705 Exercise Physiology Lab 1
  EXSC Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
EXSC 3730 Biomechanics 3
  EXSC Electives 4
  General Electives 5
  Semester total: 12
Semester 8 Course Title or Text Credit Hours
EXSC 3750 Psychosocial Aspects of Human Performance 2
  EXSC Electives 6
EXSC 4950 Senior Seminar 2
  General Electives 4
  Semester total: 14
  Degree total: 120



Integrated Studies


CB 311




Web Address:


Wayne Hanewicz

Chair UVU Email:


Mission Statement

The Program in Integrated Studies serves students with interests and capabilities in more than one scholarly discipline. The degree trades disciplinary depth for breadth and for cross-disciplinary research and writing that culminate in a senior thesis. The Program encourages and supports interdisciplinary study across campus.


Integrated Studies

  • Advising: See Mark Olson or Brandon Springer (below)
  • Email:
  • Appointments: Please call 801-863-8455 or 801-863-5888
  • Program Coordinator: Mark Olson 
  • Telephone: 801-863-5888
  • Email:
  • Mail Stop: 145A


The individualized nature of the Integrated Studies degree is attractive to students with multiple interests. Students integrate course work in emphases such as biology, earth science, business, leadership, health, literature, languages, communication, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the arts. Emphases from computer science and information systems, accounting, and technology management are also offered as part of this degree.

Special Program Characteristics

  • Students engage in interdisciplinary work that culminates in a senior thesis.
  • Students receive one-on-one feedback from multiple faculty advisors throughout their senior thesis process.
  • Students completing the Integrated Studies degree have developed skills in thinking, problem solving, collaborative work, gathering and analyzing data, writing, and speaking, and have done so on the foundation of solid (but not exhaustive) disciplinary emphases.
  • Faculty do campus-wide interdisciplinary work that includes team teaching across disciplines and collaborative projects.
  • The campus and local community benefit from our lecture series and our interdisciplinary conferences, as well as from our student-published journal, Intersections.

Summary of the Degree

  • After becoming familiar with the material on the IS website, meet with advisors to plan course work. Various emphases may require specific courses and minimum grades. 2.5 GPA required for application.
  • Become matriculated into Integrated Studies by submitting an interest essay which is reviewed by the department
  • Complete two approved 18-21 credit hour emphases from the following colleges/schools: College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science and Health; College of Technology and Computing; School of the Arts; Woodbury School of Business. More than 40 emphasis areas are available. For a list, please visit
  • Complete the Integrated Studies Discipline Core with a minimum grade of C- in each class.
  • Complete forty hours of upper-division course work as part of the requirements in the emphasis areas & IS Core.
  • Complete thirty hours of course work in residency at UVU; at least 10 of these must be completed at UVU within the last 45 credit hours earned.
  • For a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete the 202G/2020 class in the chosen foreign language. For a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete either MATH 1210 or MATH 2040.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be able to gather and analyze information to develop a Capstone Thesis which incorporates knowledge from their two (or three) emphasis areas, upper division theory courses, and Integrated Studies topics courses. 
  2. Graduates will be able to discuss and defend their Capstone Thesis/Project with particular attention to how concepts from their emphases are incorporated through work on a problem that requires interdisciplinary tools.  
  3. Graduates will be able to apply research and writing skills to demonstrate informational and technical literacy.


Scott Abbott(1999)


Department: Integrated Studies

B.A., M.A., German Literature, Philosophy minor, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., German Literature, Princeton University.

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Kim Abunuwara(2013)

Associate Professor

Department: Integrated Studies

B.A., Ph.D., Theatre & Film, Brigham Young University; M.F.A., Acting, National Theatre Conservatory.

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Gregory Jackson(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Integrated Studies

B.A., History, M.A., French Studies, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., History, University of Utah.

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