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IS Emphasis in Social Sciences


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

Total Program Credits: 18

Discipline Core Requirements:   18 Credits
Complete 3 credits from the following courses:  3
  ECON 1010   Economics as a Social Science  (3.0)  
  HIST 1740   US Economic History  (3.0)  
  GEOG 130G   Survey of World Geography  (3.0)  
  GEOG 2100   Geography of the United States  (3.0)  
  GEOG 3010   Economic Geography  (3.0)  
  GEOG 3430   Political Geography  (3.0)  
  GEOG 3600   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  (4.0)  
  GEOG 3800   Environmental History of the United States  (3.0)  
Complete 3 credits from the following courses:  3
  AIST 3600 American Indian Policy and Tribal Government  
  POLS 1000   American Heritage  (3.0)  
  POLS 1010   Introduction to Political Science  (3.0)  
  POLS 1020   Political Ideologies  (3.0)  
  POLS 1100   American National Government  (3.0)  
  POLS 1440   Introduction to Middle East Politics  (3.0)  
  POLS 1800   Our Global Community  (3.0)  
  POLS 2100   Introduction to International Relations  (3.0)  
  POLS 2200   Introduction to Comparative Politics  (3.0)  
  POLS 230G   Introduction to Political Theory  (3.0)  
  POLS 3000   Political Analysis  (3.0)  
  POLS 3030   State and Local Government  (3.0)  
  POLS 3100   Survey of International Terrorism  (3.0)  
  POLS 3120   Political Parties  (3.0)  
  POLS 3150   US Presidency  (3.0)  
  POLS 3200   US Congress  (3.0)  
  POLS 3500   International Relations of the Middle East  (3.0)  
  POLS 356G   Comparative Politics of Central Asia  (3.0)  
  POLS 3600   International Relations of East Asia  (3.0)  
  POLS 480R   Internship  (2.0)  
Complete at least 3 credits from the following courses:  3
  HIST 1500   World History to1500  (3.0)  
  HIST 151G   World History from 1500 to the Present  (3.0)  
  HIST 1700   American Civilization  (3.0)  
  HIST 2700   US History to 1877  (3.0)  
  HIST 2710   US History since 1877  (3.0)  
Complete an additional 9 credits from any GEOG, HIST, or POLS course 3000 or higher (see advisor). 9

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


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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)

Assistant Professor

Department: Integrated Studies

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

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Alan Clarke(2003)


Department: Integrated Studies

LL.M., Human Rights Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; J.D., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., York University.

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Wayne Hanewicz(2004)


Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair

Department: Integrated Studies

B.S., M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D.,Political Theory and Philosophy majors, University of Michigan (Interdisciplinary).

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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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