The Department of Philosophy & Humanities provides an education in the intellectual and creative underpinnings of the liberal arts curriculum. Philosophy explores the enduring questions of human life. Humanities examines the objects humans have created to respond to those questions. Students in both programs learn how to think critically, communicate clearly and persuasively, and adapt to new perspectives and cultural insights.

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Upcoming Courses


  • Fall 2021
    The Caribbean Novel
  • Fall 2021
    Philosophical Issues in Feminism
  • Fall 2021
    Christian Ethics
  • Fall 2021
    Ideas of Order
  • Fall 2021
    Cartesianism and its Discontents
  • Fall 2021
    Performance Studies
  • Fall 2021
    Aesthetics

Affliated Programs

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Peace & Justice Studies

The Peace & Justice Studies Program seeks to understand reasons for and solutions to the complex problems of violence and injustice and to contribute to peaceful and just alternatives.

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Ethics Center

The Center for the Study of Ethics is an academic organization serving the campus of Utah Valley University in the advancement of interdisciplinary ethics education.

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Having studied Philosophy at other universities prior to attending UVU, I feel particularly lucky to get to study under our amazing faculty here. They have worked incredibly hard to ensure I have the access and resources to be successful, and the program has challenged me to be my best student and best self, as well as has opened my world to a variety of topics and subjects I would have never thought to google but that have been immensely useful to know.

—Kaitlyn Russell