College of Humanities & Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the two largest colleges on campus. It includes the departments of behavioral science, communication, English and literature, history and political sciences, integrated studies, interdisciplinary studies, languages and cultures, and philosophy and humanities. We offer a wide range of General Education Courses along with courses for majors in the college.

Autism Initiative

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at UVU is where the university and the community come together for education and support related to autism spectrum disorder. Our autism efforts are widespread. We currently offer a certificate and minor in Autism Studies. We also offer a transition program for young adults on the autism spectrum who wish to pursue higher education but need some support and preparation.

Peace & Justice Studies

Peace and Justice Studies at UVU is an unparalleled academic program that prepares students to enter graduate programs and careers building peace in countless ways in the U.S. and across the globe. Our academic program is bolstered by first-rate study-abroad programs in Northern Ireland, Haiti, the Middle East, Russia, and Cuba. Our students also have the opportunity to do internships and field work around the world in places such as Guatemala, Chile, Haiti, Thailand, Uganda, Geneva, London, the Middle East, and of course, the U.S. Moreover, we bring many internationally recognized experts to campus to speak and teach.

The Stronger Families Project

The UVU Stronger Families Project provides UVU students with outstanding, real-world learning experiences while improving the prospects of at-risk families in Utah County. The Stronger Families Project takes place at five different sites across the region in partnership with the Alpine School District. It serves about 150 families each year with free weekly classes, personalized support through home visits, counseling for individuals, couples, and families, and workshops on specific family-related issues such as finances and health, all at no cost to participants.

UVU students are given full site leadership responsibilities to increase their professional competence and confidence while providing critical help to low-income families who otherwise would languish on impossibly long waiting lists for similar services and programming.

The Stronger Families Project improves the quality of life for Utah County families by establishing healthy communication patterns, teaching parenting skills, and addressing mental health concerns. It reduces truancy, incarceration, and divorce rates and creates more satisfying family relationships and stronger, healthier communities.

Your gift to the Stronger Families Project helps cover the costs of the program and provides scholarships to the program's student interns from UVU's Master of Social Work program.

Chinese Initiative

This is a multifaceted program to position UVU to engage with China in several contexts. There are academic programs in Chinese Language, Chinese Culture, and Chinese Commerce. We bring in native Chinese speakers to serve as instructors and teaching assistants. Students participate in a Study Abroad Program to China each summer. We host Chinese Summer Days on campus each summer, which brings hundreds of public school students and teachers to campus. We are also developing a Chinese Education program to support Utah's dual immersion initiative.