Aug 07, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
    
2020-2021 General Catalog

College of Humanities and Social Sciences


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Person IconDean
Jean Boreen – BC 306C – (435) 586-7852
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(435) 586-7813
Person IconAssociate Dean
Grant Corser – BC 306B – (435) 586-7899
Advisor IconStudent Success Advisors
Business Manager IconBusiness Manager
Jacqueline Russell – BC 306A – (435) 586-7898
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Mission

The Mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Southern Utah University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences equips students to understand their responsibilities to a global and changing world and provides opportunities for developing the knowledge, skills, habits, character, values and commitment needed to empower our students to be part of an engaged citizenry capable of individual creativity and social responsibility. The College prepares students for life in a democratic society, for success in their careers of choice, and for roles as productive leaders wherever they serve.

The Faculty within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences prepare our students for meaningful and successful careers and to be able to make contributions in their communities and beyond. This is accomplished through superior teaching, providing experiential opportunities, and affording educational activities that promote and encourage critical and creative thinking. Because of these opportunities, Humanities and Social Sciences students can become productive, responsible citizens. Because it is essential to the educational process, the College maintains a community of learners wherein collaboration, diversity, respect for all people, civility, and shared governance are cultivated. HSS provides the individual freedom for students to find and follow the passion that will allow them to excel in their careers, their community, and their families.

Vision

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will receive national recognition because it contributes to the intellectual growth of students and transforms lives. We will cultivate an awareness and an appreciation of diverse cultural values and aspirations by emphasizing a broad base of knowledge that is essential for professional expertise. Our living curriculum promotes critical and interdisciplinary thinking, effective communication skills through writing and oral presentation, creativity, and an interest in thoughtful civic engagement.

College Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

Excel:

With superior teaching as its centerpiece, academic excellence is the hallmark of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Highly qualified faculty members promote and encourage critical and creative thinking, participative educational experiences, applied research, and a supportive learning community. HSS is committed to an academic environment that encourages students to develop as scholars and citizens. Assessment of quality and continual improvement are hallmarks of the education experience with HSS.

Engage:

Essential to the educational process is a sense of “community,” wherein collaboration, diversity, respect for all people, civility and shared governance are cultivated. The college encourages the discussion and exploration of differing views while recognizing the cherished individual freedom to reach one’s own conclusions. Developing students into productive, responsible citizens and future everyday leaders involves training and instilling ethics and values and the responsibilities one has toward others.

Explore:

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences encourages student growth and development by providing opportunities to broaden service, social, and cultural perspectives through campus and community involvement in Internships, Study Abroad, Service Learning, UGRASP, and Honors programs. HSS affirms that active participation in extra-curricular activities provides a holistic educational experience and helps prepare students to become responsible, caring members of society.

Departments, Programs, & Centers

Department of Communication

Go to information for Department of Communication.

Programs

Bachelor’s Degree

Certificate of Proficiency (Undergraduate)

Institutional Certificate (Undergraduate)

Minor

Master’s Degree

Department of English

Go to information for Department of English.

Programs

Bachelor’s Degree

Certificate of Proficiency (Undergraduate)

Minor

Department of History, Sociology, and Anthropology

Go to information for Department of History, Sociology, and Anthropology.

Programs

Bachelor’s Degree

Minor

Department of Languages and Philosophy

Go to information for Department of Languages and Philosophy.

Programs

Bachelor’s Degree

Minor

Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

Go to information for Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

Programs

Associate’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree

Institutional Certificate (Undergraduate)

Minor

Master’s Degree

Additional Focused Coursework

Department of Psychology

Go to information for Department of Psychology.

Programs

Bachelor’s Degree

Minor

Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Go to information for Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Programs

Associate’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree

Certificate of Completion (Undergraduate)

Institutional Certificate (Undergraduate)

Institutional Certificate (Graduate)

Minor

Master’s Degree

Centers

Other Information

Archaeology Repository & Project Archeology

The repository serves as the only official facility in Southwestern Utah to curate archaeologically recovered cultural artifacts from Federal and State lands in Utah and Northern Arizona. Located on the first level of the Electronic Learning Center, the repository houses artifacts culturally affiliated with the Puebloan groups, specifically the Virgin Anasazi and Fremont cultures, as well as prehistoric and historic Southern Paiute materials, and European-American historic artifacts. The collections are primarily the result of survey and excavation work conducted on lands administered by the Utah and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, Utah State Lands, and some private lands, by private contractors, the federal and state agencies, and the SUU Archaeology Field Schools. The repository is open by appointment.

Person IconCurator
Barbara Frank – EVT 225 – (435) 586-7870

The state office for Project Archaeology (PA) is located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. This is the hub for all PA educator workshops, youth camps, and professional development throughout Utah.  Project Archaeology is a national heritage education program jointly managed by Montana State University and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the benefit of K-12 educators, archaeologists, museum and park educators, and all those they teach. The program began in Utah in 1990 as a statewide project to combat the vandalism and looting of archaeological sites. It has since become a national network of archaeologists, educators, and concerned citizens working to make archaeology education accessible to students and teachers nationwide through high-quality educational materials and professional development. The national office has produced a number of curriculum guides, including the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)-endorsed Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter, a supplementary science and social studies curriculum unit for grades 3 through 5. Project Archaeology uses archaeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures, improve social studies and science education, and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy.

Person IconState Coordinator
Samantha Kirkley – EVT 225 – (435) 586-7860

Internships

Excellent internship opportunities are available for students in most disciplines of the college. Interns are able to gain valuable practical educational experience, academic credit, and often financial compensation. Internships significantly enhance career opportunities for students. Students interested in internships should contact the appropriate academic department, the Career and Professional Development Center at (435) 586-5420, the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at (435) 586-7868, or the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative at (435) 586-7738.

Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available for students with outstanding academic credentials. College and department scholarships are available for students who demonstrate strong academic and leadership potential in the humanities and social sciences. Students must submit applications by February 1st. Interested students should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Sharwan Smith Center, Room 167, (435) 586-7535.

Student Organizations

The way to get the best experience is to participate in one of the excellent college student organizations. Among the many student organizations, the following are of particular interest to majors in the humanities and social sciences:

  • Alpha Chi
  • Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology)
  • Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice)
  • Anthropology Club
  • Arabic Club
  • Centurium Consulting Group
  • Lambda Pi Eta (Communication)
  • Legal Scholars Program
  • Legal Studies Student Association
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Philosophy Club
  • Pi Alpha Alpha (MPA)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
  • Psi Chi (Psychology)
  • Psychology Club
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (Communication)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)
  • Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi

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