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University Studies, B.S.

Requirements

The BA/BS is designed to meet the academic and professional objectives of learners whose needs are not addressed through existing degree programs. The degree assists learners in developing essential skills valued by employers and graduate schools (e.g., applied learning, critical thinking, written and oral communication, teamwork, ethical reasoning, and global understanding) within the framework of a larger discipline. Learners will complete a structured yet customized set up upper division courses under the guidance of an advisor and faculty mentor to ensure that standards for academic rigor at the Bachelor level are achieved. Candidates for the degree will focus on intellectual skills and integrative knowledge by enrolling in courses in a general disciplinary area with intentionally-selected, specialized knowledge courses that contribute to an integrated whole, and by completing a capstone experience that further prepares them for their chosen professions or graduate school admission. Under the direction of a faculty member, students will complete a capstone course or an internship which will involve reflection and a synthesis of learning to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for the degree.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. An approved Plan of Study that focuses on the achievement of clearly defined personal, career, or professional goals, as part of the application process for the major.
  2. Minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  3. Completed 60 or more semester credit hours.
General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences (3.0)  
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 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 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)  
  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
Discipline Core Requirements: 32 Credits
Completion of the area of focus within the Plan of Study that was created during the matriculation process. At least 12 of these 30 credits must be upper-division, including at least one of the following: * 30
  COMM 3000 Media Ethics (3.0)  
  ENGL 3300 Collaborative Communication for Technology Professions (3.0)  
  HUM 3060 Visual Rhetoric (3.0)  
  HUM 3500 Approaches to Humanities (3.0)  
  MGMT 3000 Organizational Behavior (3.0)  
  PHIL 3000 Formal Logic II (3.0)  
  PHIL 3400 Philosophy of Science (3.0)  
Complete two credits from the following: 2
  UVST 481R Internship (1.0)  
  UVST 4930 Capstone (2.0)  
Elective Requirements: 53 Credits
Complete any 1000-level or higher course, including UVST 1100 Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice 53

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  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. At least 40 credit hours in upper division courses.
  5. Completion of General Education requirements.
  6. Completion of specific departmental (major) requirements.
  7. Completion of Global/Intercultural Requirement course.
Footnote
* If focus area is with the Woodbury School of Business, only 21-24 credits may be used.

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: Chris Goslin
 
 

Student Leadership & Success Studies

  • Department Chair: Chris Goslin
  • Office: LC 407
  • Telephone: 801-863-6558
  • Email:  cgoslin@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:

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

  • 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, Academic Counseling Center, Academic Standards, Writing Center, Academic Tutoring, Math Lab, and First Year Experience & Student Retention 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
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
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
Department Chair



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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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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