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General Education, Certificate of Completion

Requirements

The Certificate of Completion in General Education is comprised of the courses that are required for completion of the general education requirements at Utah Valley University. The purpose of general education at UVU is a shared academic experience that provides students with the opportunity to explore new subjects, intellectual traditions, and perspectives; expands their awareness of the wider world; and prepares them with foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities that are expanded on in their disciplines of study in order to be successful learners and professionals positioned to contribute to their broader communities. When a student completes the requirements for the Certificate of Completion in General Education at UVU, the certificate is accepted at other USHE institutions as completing their General Education requirements.

Total Program Credits: 35

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5.0)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Complete one of the following:  3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  3
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values (3.0)  
  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

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 35 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. 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
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing  3
HUMANITIES DIST.  3
PHYSICAL SCIENCE DIST.   3
SOCIAL SCIENCE DIST. 3
THIRD SCIENCE DIST. 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
FINE ARTS DIST.  3
QUANTITATIVE LITERACY Quantitative Reasoning/Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra/Introduction to Statistics/Introduction to Statistics with Algebra/College Algebra/College Algebra with Preliminaries/College Algebra for Business  3
ENGL 2010/2020 Intermediate Writing 3
ELECTIVE  3
BIOLOGIC SCIENCE DIST.  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
ELECTIVE  3
ELECTIVE   3
AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS  3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
ELECTIVE  3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC   3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC   3
ELECTIVE  3
ELECTIVE  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
ELECTIVE  3
ELECTIVE  3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
UD COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
UD COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
UD COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
UD COLLEGE SPECIFIC  3
ELECTIVE   3
UD ELECTIVE  1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
UD ELECTIVE  3
UD ELECTIVE   3
UD ELECTIVE   3
CORE SPECIFIC COURSE  3
ELECTIVE  3
UD ELECTIVE  1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
UD ELECTIVE   3
UD ELECTIVE   3
UD ELECTIVE   3
UD ELECTIVE   3
UVST 4930 CAPSTONE 2
  Semester total: 14
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Student Leadership & Success Studies
Location: LC 407
Telephone: 801-863-8834
Email: ereid@uvu.edu
Web Address: www.uvu.edu/slss/
Chair: Darin Eckton
 
 

Student Leadership & Success Studies

  • Department Chair: Darin Eckton
  • Office: LC 407d
  • Telephone: 801-863-6449
  • Email:  DEckton@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Beth Reid
  • Office: LC 407a
  • Telephone: 801-863-8834
  • Email: ereid@uvu.edu
  • Director, UVU Mentor Program: Mike Jensen
  • Office: LC 406a
  • Telephone: 801-863-7090
  • Email: jensenm@uvu.edu
  • Program Manager, UVU Mentor Program: Angus Macfarlane
  • Office: LC 406b
  • Telephone: 801-863-5436
  • Email:  AngusM@uvu.edu

The mission of the Student Leadership and Success Studies (SLSS) department is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to meet the challenges of college. Students may choose from a variety of SLSS courses which best fit their academic needs. Our courses help students with the preparation for the demands of college life, the selection/pursuit of major and career paths to graduation, the improvement of time management, stress management, effective library research, and the developing of essential life skills. The SLSS courses prepare students to develop and apply leadership in their lives, facilitating personal and social impact.

Programs & Degrees

The Department of Student Leadership & Success Studies values student-centered learning and focuses on assisting students exploring the direction of their academic careers, seeking flexibility in degree choices, or undertaking an enhanced college experience.

Programs Offered

  • AA in University Studies
  • AS University Studies
  • BA University Studies
  • BS University Studies

Certificates Offered

  • General Education
  • Leadership for Personal & Social Impact
 
 

University College

University College serves a unique role and mission within Utah Valley University. Based on a national model, the name University College signifies opportunity for student success through curricular and co-curricular offerings, academic services, and innovative programs. University College welcomes students at present levels of academic achievement and challenges them with higher expectations. The programs and departments of Literacies and Composition, Student Leadership & Success Studies, Developmental Mathematics, English Language Learning, the University College Advisement Center, Academic Standards, Writing Center, Academic Tutoring, and the Math Lab promote interdisciplinary partnerships as students transition into university academics.

  • Administrative Support: Beth Winkler
  • Office: LA 210
  • Telephone: 801-863-6712
  • Email:  beth.winkler@uvu.edu
  • Associate Dean: Deborah Marrott
  • Office: LA 210e
  • Telephone: 801-863-8823
  • Email: marrottde@uvu.edu
 
 

Faculty

Marinda Ashman(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University; M.Ed., Health, Physical Education & Recreation, Utah State University.

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Renee Borns(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.A., Public Administration, University of Central Florida; M.S., Higher Education Administration, Florida State University; Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Bowling Green State University.

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Darin Eckton(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Spanish Teaching/Physical Education Coaching, M.S., Sociology, Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Foundations, Brigham Young University.

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Douglas Gardner(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



A.A., Psychology, Brigham Young University-Idaho; B.S., Family and Human Development, Brigham Young University; M.A., Education, California State University, Bakersfield; Ph.D., Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Christopher Goslin(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.A., Communication, M.Ed., Southern Utah University; Ph.D., Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum, University of Oklahoma.

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Michael Jensen(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.A., Speech Communication, Utah State University; M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Brigham Young University.

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Benjamin Johnson(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.A., M.A., History, Brigham Young University; M.A., Education, Ph.D., Philosophy, Ohio State University

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Lisa Lambert(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.A., Educational Psychology, M.B.A., Organizational Behavior & Strategy, Brigham Young University.

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Denise Richards(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.S., Psychology, Pacific Union College; M.O.B., Organizational Behavior, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. (ABD), Leadership and Organizational Change, Walden University.

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Sayed Salehi(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Computer Science
Faculty

Department: Computer Science

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Iran; M.S., Electrical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran; M.S., Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota.

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Marni Sanft(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.A., English, Brigham Young University; M.A., Teaching in English, Duke University.

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Stacy Waddoups(1993)

Associate Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.S., Social Studies Composite, M.Ed., Elementary Education/Reading Specialist, Brigham Young University.

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Cynthia Wong(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, Brigham Young University, Hawaii; M.M.F.T., University of Southern California; Ed.D., Educational Psychology, University of Southern California.

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Tiffany Yoast(2011)

Lecturer

Department: Student Leadership & Success Studies
Faculty



B.S., English, Utah Valley University; M.S., Education, Nova Southeastern University.

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Careers

Careers:  
The UVST BA/BS is a degree that does not prepare students for a specific career path; rather it situates graduates for a range of future possibilities and may be less vulnerable to changes in market demand than more traditional degrees in that it focuses on intellectual and integrative learning outcomes that serve individuals well in a variety of careers. Graduates will have a disciplinary focus broader than a single major, but most courses will come from within one of the 8 specific Colleges found at Utah Valley University. This is often beneficial when student interests are varied across a College, or the need for a variety of disciplines would be beneficial to application to professional program such as law or medicine. 
As many employers do not require a specific degree, the skills that are established with the completion of a Bachelor's degree allow for potential employees to become capable and adept in skills such as critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. The UVST BA/BS is designed to provide development of these skill sets plus many others, thus increasing the likelihood of employability in a broad range of in-demand professions in today’s fast-paced, ever changing economy. 
Also, many of the students seeking completion of the BS UVST may be in a career path that they find satisfactory and rewarding. This degree provides the opportunity to complete a Bachelor's degree that may not have previously existed for non-traditional students who do not have the luxury of a traditional class schedule. The UVST BA/BS may facilitate advancement for these students who have progressed as far as possible in their chosen career path without a Bachelor's degree.

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