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Religious Studies, Minor

Requirements

The Religious Studies minor fosters and facilitates an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of religion. Due to its influential role at the local, national, and international levels, religion requires careful study utilizing academic methods employed in the examination of other cultural institutions. This includes the study of the history, theology, literature, folklore, etc., of various religions in an effort to study religion as a cultural phenomenon. The program is intended to serve our students and community by deepening our understanding of religious beliefs and practices in a spirit of open inquiry. Its aim is neither to endorse nor to undermine the claims of religion, but to create an environment in which various issues can be engaged from a variety of perspectives and methodologies.

Total Program Credits: 21

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Completion of 30 hours of credit
  2. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements: 12 Credits 
  PHIL 1610   Introduction to Western Religions  (3.0)  
or PHIL 1620   Introduction to Eastern Religions  (3.0)  
or ANTH 3450   Shamanism and Indigenous Religion 3
  RLST 3650   Approaches to Religious Studies 3
  RLST 366R   Issues in Religious Studies 3
  PHIL 3600   Philosophy of Religion 3
Elective Requirements:    9 Credits
Complete 9 credits of electives from the list below or as approved by advisor.  9
  ANTH 3400   Myth Magic and Religion  (3.0)  
  ANTH 3450   Shamanism and Indigenous Religion  (3.0)  
  ANTH 3460   Anthropology of Mormonism  (3.0)  
  COMM 3780   Mormon Cultural Studies  (3.0)  
  ENGL 374G   Literature of the Sacred  (3.0)  
  ENGL 3780   Mormon Literature  (3.0)  
  PHIL 3540   Christian Ethics  (3.0)  
  PHIL 3610   Introduction to Christian Theology  (3.0)  
  SOC 3400   Sociology of Religion  (3.0)  

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
PHIL 1610 Introduction to Western Religions 3
or PHIL 1620 Introduction to Eastern Religions  
or ANTH 3450 Shamanism and Indigenous Religion  
RLST Elective Religious Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, communications, history, political science, english, humanities, philosophy, etc. 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 2 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 3600 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHIL 366R Issues in Religious Studies 3
or RLST 366R Issues in Religious Studies  
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Prerequisite of PHIL 1000 or PHIL 100H, or PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205H or PHIL 205G, or PHIL 2110, or PHIL 2150, or instructor permission, and University Advanced Standing is required for PHIL 3600; Prerequisite of PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205H or PHIL 205G, or instructor permission is required for PHIL/RLST 366R.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 3650 Approaches to Religious Studies 3
or RLST 3650 Approaches to Religious Studies  
RLST Elective Religious Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Prerequisite of PHIL 2050 or PHIL 205H or PHIL 205G, or instructor permission, and University Advanced Standing is required for PHIL/RLST 3650; Elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, communications, history, political science, english, humanities, philosophy, etc. 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
RLST Elective Religious Studies Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: Elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including behavioral science, communications, history, political science, english, humanities, philosophy, etc. 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: 21

Department

Name:

Philosophy & Humanities

Location:

CB 507 (PHIL) & CB 211 (HUM)

Telephone:

801-863-8352 & 801-863-6284

Email:

 

Web Address:

uvu.edu/philhum

Chair:

Leslie Simon

 
 

Mission Statement

The UVU Department of Philosophy and Humanities is committed to the idea that logic and critical thinking are the core of all academic disciplines. The department engages in the critical study of the intellectual and creative underpinnings of the liberal arts curriculum. The humanities reflect on and interact with those creative enterprises that make us most human: art, architecture, music, and poetry. Philosophy engages theoretical and practical questions about reality and human experience in the life-long pursuit of truth and understanding.

In keeping with the democratic ideal of an educated citizenship, the department aims to provide the highest quality educational experience to prepare students for an increasingly complex and intellectually demanding society. The free exploration of ideas will expose students to a variety of perspectives on important issues; the critical examination of those ideas will impart the skills of reflection and decision-making.

The department seeks to develop in its students a set of skills and knowledge that is useful for all forms of reflection and investigation, relevant and transferable to myriad professions, and promoting of lifelong learning and intercultural awareness. The department focuses on the following: developing the practical skills of critical analysis and problem solving, and the reflection on one’s own ethics, values and beliefs; developing the skills of communication, through effective speech and clear, rigorous writing; imparting a wide variety of content, including knowledge of the history of philosophy and the humanities, an appreciation and understanding of human diversity, and a connection of these topics to practical life; imparting the basic values of the liberal arts, including self-reflectiveness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity.

 
 

Philosophy & Humanities

  • Department Chair: Leslie Simon
  • Office: CB 507b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8128
  • Associate Chair: Shannon Mussett
  • Office: CB 507f
  • Telephone: 801-863-6264
  • Director of Humanities: Kim Abunuwara
  • Office: CB 311e
  • Telephone: 801-863-6266
  • Advisor:  Kindra Amott
  • Office: CB 506h
  • Telephone: 801-863-6717
  • Philosophy Front Office:
  • Office: CB 507
  • Telephone: 801-863-8352

 
 

Faculty

Brian Birch(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



M.S., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion & Theology, Claremont Graduate University.

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Thomas Bretz(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy/Ethics, Dresden University of Technology; M.A.,,Philosophy, The New School for Social Research; Ph.D., Philosophy, Loyola University.

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Alex Caldiero(2002)

Senior Artist in Residence

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



Artist in Residence/ No degree

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Elaine Englehardt(1980)

Distinguished Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Journalism, M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Communications, University of Utah.

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Kristina Gibby(2019)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy and Humanities
Faculty



BA, Humanities, Brigham Young University, MA, Comparative Studies, Brigham Young University, PhD, Comparative Literature, Louisiana State University,

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Laura Guerrero(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Willamette University; M.A., Philosophy, University of Hawaii; Ph.D. (ABD), Philosophy, University of New Mexico.

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Jorgen Hansen(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.S., Philosophy, Utah Valley University; M.A., Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.

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Alexandra Karl(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Theory and History of Art, B.F.A., Studio Art, University of Ottawa; M.A., History of Art, Ludwig-Maimillians Universitat; Ph.D., History of Art, University of Cambridge.

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Pierre Lamarche(2000)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Physics, University of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas.

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Samuel Liang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Architecture, Anhul Architectural Industry Institute; M.A., History of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai; Ph.D., Art History, Binghampton University.

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Michael Minch(2001)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., History, Grand Canyon College; M.A., Political Philosophy, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah; M. Divinity, The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Karen Mizell(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Incarnate Word College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oklahoma.

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Shannon Mussett(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Goucher College; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Christopher Nguyen(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Harvard University; Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California.

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Kelli Potter(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Brigham Young University; M.A., Philosophy, Florida State University; M.A., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame.

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Michaela Sawyer(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



M.A., English, Washington University; M.A., American Studies, Heinrich-Heine University; Ph.D., English, Washington University.

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Michael Shaw(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, Bates College; M.A., Philosophy, Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Leslie Simon(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., English Literature, Texas A&M University; M.A., Ph.D., English & Literature, Boston University.

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Eric Stencil(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy & History, Bowling Green State University; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Christine Weigel(2002)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty



B.A., Philosophy, B.M., Music Performance, Lawrence University; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, Temple University.

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