Jul 06, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision) 
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Departments and Programs

Dean: Joseph P. Ward
Location: Main 338
Phone: (435) 797-1195
FAX: (435) 797-1092
WWW: http://www.chass.usu.edu

Director, Asian Studies Major and Minor:

Brad Hall, Main 204, (435) 797-1209, brad.hall@usu.edu

Director, Humanities and Social Sciences Advising Center:

Tom Liljegren, Taggart Student Center 302, (435) 797-3883, tom.liljegren@usu.edu

Liberal Arts Program:

Brad Hall, Main 204, (435) 797-1209, brad.hall@usu.edu

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences includes the following:


Aerospace Studies/Air Force ROTC
Journalism and Communication
Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies
Military Science/Army ROTC
Political Science  
Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology

Other Units

Humanities and Social Sciences Advising Center
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
Utah Public Radio

* A listing of majors and degrees can be found under each department or program listed below:

Within the college are found those departments that provide career preparation in some of the most interesting and vital academic fields. The study of society, the governing of society and its history, communication in a number of languages, the various aspects of culture—all these appeal to an increasing number of undergraduate and graduate students. Many train for careers in these fields; more— scientists, engineers, etc.—take courses to broaden their horizons and add interest to their lives.

Admission and Graduation Requirements

Students accepted in good standing by the University are eligible for admission to the college containing the humanities and social sciences. Because of limitations of faculty or space, a few departments within the college, such as Journalism and Communication and Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, limit enrollment in their professional programs. See the departmental sections in this catalog and the department head for information regarding these limitations and/or requirements in addition to the University graduation requirements.

Area Studies

Humanities and Social Sciences Advising Center, Taggart Student Center 302, (435) 797-3883

The Area Studies Certificate program is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of a geographical or thematic subject. The program is available to undergraduate and graduate students. It is not a major and does not lead toward a degree. Rather, it is designed to strengthen an academic degree and provides an opportunity for a student to enlarge the scope of the educational experience through an in-depth study of a sector of the world or thematic problem. Where appropriate, courses applying to the major, minor, or other graduation requirements may also apply to the Area Studies Certificate.

Students may earn the following Area Studies Certificates:

Law and Society
Medieval and Early-Modern Studies
Museum Studies
Native American Studies
Women and Gender Studies

For specific requirements for each of these programs, see program brochures.

In addition, a self-designed Area Studies Certificate, tailored to the student's individual interests, is available.  Examples of these are: African-American Studies, Natural Ecosystems, and Russian Studies. A student takes a minimum of 24 credits related to the area of study from at least three disciplines, such as economics, natural resources, political science, sociology, literature, history, geography, and philosophy. No more than 12 of the 24 credits may be taken in any one discipline. A GPA of at least 3.0 must be maintained in courses applied to the certificate. 

A student who completes the Area Studies program is awarded a certificate at the time of graduation. The information is also noted on the graduation program and on the student's transcript. Graduate students are awarded the certificate at the end of the semester in which they complete the requirements.

For a more detailed description of requirements for this program, contact the program coordinator in Taggart Student Center 302.

FACULTY - College of Humanities and Social Sciences  

For non-specific department majors please select "Display programs for this school/college".

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Departments and Programs