Creative Writing

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Creative Writing is the fastest-growing emphasis and minor in the English Department. The emphasis and minor requires attention to and respect for history, humanity, and diverse personalities, cultures, and communities. Creative Writing demands engagement with that most basic human power, the imagination, in such a way that students reach others, expand their innate talents, and prepare to fulfill their creative ambitions. 

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Creative Writing, B.A.

Creative Writing, B.S.

Creative Writing Minor

English Education

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The English Education degree prepares students to teach English in grades 6-12 in Utah public and private schools. Additionally, many states outside of Utah offer reciprocal agreements to accept the Utah teaching license.

UVU’s English Education program is recognized statewide for its outstanding reputation. Each year we receive an increasing number of requests for interns, and our student teachers are widely acclaimed as well. Placement rates both in and outside of Utah are high.

UVU’s English Education program also welcomes students who already have a Bachelor’s degree from UVU or other institutions and now want to become English teachers.

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English Education, B.A.

English Education, B.S.

English Education Minor For Secondary Education Major

Literary Studies

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The Literary Studies emphasis and minor provides you with the skills necessary for appreciating, engaging with, and analyzing literary texts. Literature exposes you to new and diverse perspectives about other times, other places, other cultures, and other contexts. It can even show you new viewpoints from your own culture and context. An appreciation for such diversity and for the peculiarities of our own cultural moment is essential to both civic responsibility and professional opportunity in our increasingly interconnected, globalized society.

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Literary Studies, B.A.

Literary Studies, B.S.

Literary Studies Minor

Writing Studies

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The Writing Studies emphasis and minor provides expertise in the analysis and production of written texts in academic, professional, and civic contexts. In our current networked, digital, and global world, these skills are more important than ever as the very concept of “writing” has never been more complex. Writing Studies begins with the central tenet that writing is text, writing is code, and writing is design. Becoming a Writing Studies student will expose you to a variety of ways to communicate through composition and become a more critical, effective, and informed participant with the various audiences in your lives.

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Writing Studies, B.A.

Writing Studies, B.S.

Writing Studies Minor

Cinema Studies

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Cinema and Media Studies provides a framework for analyzing film and the screen arts as important cultural productions of the twenty-first century. In Cinema and Media Studies courses, students approach movies as cultural texts and gain an understanding of the social, political, historical, and industrial contexts that produce cinema. The Cinema and Media Studies minor and Integrated Studies emphasis broadens students' knowledge of how these texts shape and are shaped by culture. As an interdisciplinary program, Cinema and Media Studies draws on faculty expertise from various disciplines and includes global and historical perspectives. 

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Cinema Studies Minor

Technical Communication

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Technical Communication is the science and art of creating, managing, and sharing information through every communications medium—including writing, video, illustration, websites, and multi-media. In an increasingly technical and specialized world, the ability to communicate anything to anyone in any medium is invaluable. Whether you want a Technical Communication career or simply want to give voice to your vision in another specialized field (such as the sciences, engineering, or medicine), a minor or certificate in Technical Communication prepares you to make a profound difference in the rapidly evolving, complex world of today and the foreseeable future.

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Technical Communication, Minor

Humanities and Social Sciences Associates

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A Humanities and Social Sciences degree is an accelerated introduction to various majors and career paths including the field of English studies (usually only two years). Sometimes the A.A. is used as a stepping stone towards a bachelor’s degree, or the A.A. can grant eligibility for entry-level careers in a variety of fields that value written communication and textual analysis.

Humanties and Social Sciences, A.A.

Humanitis and Social Sciences, A.S.

Editing & Document Design

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The Editing and Document Design certificate of proficiency provides expertise in planning, evaluating, and revising texts for publication. As a standalone credential or as a complement to another degree, this versatile certificate helps prepare you for both publishing-related careers and disparate career fields that require effective communication.

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Associate Degrees

Associate of Science Degree

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Acquiring an associate of science degree in Humanities and Social Sciences opens doors of opportunity to an extensive range of career paths and majors. The crucial benefit of this degree is developing crucial communication, critical thinking, and writing skills that are indispensable for success in any profession. By earning an associate degree, you earn invaluable credit that can assist you in gaining a competitive advantage, whether you opt for a hiatus, switch to another major, or transfer to a different institution. Your degree goes with you. This degree requires a total of 60 credit hours, with 12 credits concentrated in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 13 free electives from any college, and 35 general education credits. 

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Associate of Art Degree

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Obtaining an associate of art degree in Humanities and Social Sciences unlocks a vast array of opportunities for prospective students, with a multitude of career paths and majors available to pursue. One of the most critical advantages of this degree is the development of essential communication, critical thinking, and writing skills that are vital to success in any profession.By earning this degree, you gain a significant advantage over others. You accumulate valuable credits to help you stand out from the competition whether you take a break, switch majors, or transfer to another institution. The degree you earn will always be with you, serving as a testament to your hard work and dedication.To complete this degree, you must complete a total of 60 credit hours, with 12 credits focused on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 13 free electives from any college, and 35 credits devoted to general education. This comprehensive curriculum is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education that prepares them for success in a variety of fields. 

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