Welcome to UVU's College of Humanities & Social Sciences

The CHSS Dean's office is located on the 2nd floor of the Liberal Arts building in LA 209. Our main telephone number is 801.863.7435. Our fax number is 801.863.7383. Our Mail Stop is 144. We are home to the following academic departments:



CHSS Dean's office staff

CHSS Advisors

CHSS degrees we offer

CHSS Conferences & Events




2015 PRSSA Regional Conference

February 23-25, 2015

Sorensen Student Center


UVU Conference on Addiction

Friday, February 27, 2015 • 9 AM - 4 PM

Sorensen Student Center

For a complete schedule of events check out the conference website.


4th Annual Humanities Symposium

March 5 & 6, 2015 • 8 AM - 6 PM

Library Auditorium (Li 120) 

For a full calendar please check out the CHSS Events page


Autism Conference 2015

5th Annual UVU Conference on Autism to be held April 3rd

UVU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Health, and School of Education – along with sponsors and supporters, are pleased to announce the 2015 UVU Conference on Autism.

The single day conference is on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 in the Sorensen Student Center on UVU campus. This is the fifth annual conference, and it has become a much anticipated event within the state. Our keynote presenter for this year will be Dr. Peter Gerhardt – renowned expert on autism education. We will also feature an afternoon plenary session from social-media sensation Autism Daddy. Joining them will be over 25 skilled and knowledgeable presenters, representing professionals, educators, and families living with ASD.

We seek to provide information for those who are service providers, therapists and social workers, educators, students, families and individuals with an interest in ASD. The conference will feature sessions on topics such as:

  • Music therapy
  • Resources and services available to parents
  • Effective Educational practices for individuals with ASD
  • Treatment options, methods and theories
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Enhancing social skills
  • Anxiety and depression

 and more will be featured.

 This year we are also pleased to present a special all-day workshop designed particularly for EMS/First Responders. Presented in conjunction with (F.A.A.S.T), this workshop is aimed at creating greater awareness of the roll law enforcement and first responders play in the growing population of those living on the Autism Spectrum.

The conference will also feature informational booths sponsored by various service and support vendors from throughout the state.

Early registration ends on March 16th! So please take advantage of the discounted fees. Regular registration will begin on Tuesday, March 17th. Seating is limited.

We encourage all to attend and share in this unique opportunity to explore and discover more about the many facets of Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

For more CHSS news items check out our Newsroom.


Dean David YellsWelcome to the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at Utah Valley University. The College is proud to offer Associate and Bachelors Degrees in a wide range of disciplines housed in our seven departments. For more information on specific programs, please visit the departmental home pages.

Our faculty and staff are highly professional, highly motivated individuals who are committed to providing an exceptional undergraduate educational experience. Education in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences is provided in a wide range of formats. There are traditional lecture-based classes, laboratory classes, internships, and service learning opportunities. We offer a wide range of courses that fulfill General Education Requirements and courses that fill major requirements. We hope our students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enable them to be successful participants in today's world.


The College of Humanities & Social Sciences offers degree programs and courses of study in several disciplines. Through superb teaching, students and graduates of the College acquire many of the intellectual and practical skills necessary for the workplace, for further professional and graduate study, and for participation in the community, in the nation, and globally. In the challenging, yet nurturing, environment of the classroom, and through undergraduate scholarship, research, and service-learning projects, our students have the opportunity to reach their academic and employment goals. Many of the College's graduates move right into the workforce, and many others continue their education in fields such as law, business, medicine, government, teaching, the social sciences.


facultyElizabeth OwensMichael MinchKris DotyRussell WarneRon Hammond

CHSS Faculty members can access our faculty resource page here.


Classroom BuildingRendering of the Classroom Building

The new building is planned to include:

  • 236 offices
  • 32 classrooms, including two computer labs and three "experimental" (highly collaborative) classrooms
  • 6 conference rooms
  • 3 study rooms
  • 1 multi-purpose room (similar to Library's Lakeside room)
  • Multiple configurable "study zones" (think write-on glass, a few areas with monitors and/or whiteboards, and movable furniture)


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