Classes at the Capitol: Meet our newest faculty member

by Admin on December 13, 2013

We’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our newest faculty member who will be teaching for us this coming semester at the Utah Capitol.  Gordon Jones is a seasoned veteran on the political battlefront for the cause of liberty who will lead our new hybrid class of on-campus and online students — a history class that will participate directly with the Utah Legislature during its seven-week session at the Capitol. This class includes special guests from the legislature as well as liberty promoting think-tanks. Again, this is available to both on-campus as well as online students, including non-traditional students who would like to audit. You can learn more about Gordon below.

Gordon S Jones B&W Headshot.jpg Gordon S. Jones holds masters degrees from George Washington University (M.Phil.) and Stanford (M.A. Ed), and a B.A. from Columbia. He is the co-founder of United Families of America which is now United Families International, an advocacy organization and that fights for preserving the traditional family and family rights both at home and abroad. He has worked for over 30 years in Washington, D.C. at the intersection of politics and public policy. A veteran of Capitol Hill, he served in both the House and Senate as personal and committee staff, as well as in congressional relations for a variety of departments, including the Department of the Interior and the Navy, and for several outside policy and political organizations and think tanks. He has taught political science and constitutional law at the university level for 10 years. In his spare time he enjoys his grandchildren and performing in community theater in Salt Lake City.



ST3510: World History III: Renaissance and Reformation

This course explores the driving forces and key events that shaped Western Civilization through the Renaissance and Reformation, continuing through the first European ventures in colonization that reshaped the cultures and governments of the world. Students will learn how leaders and institutions of this era shaped their societies and how the principles of human nature played out at various levels. students_in_gallery_caption.jpgThey will also learn about the lives of key characters, their strengths and weaknesses, what they stood for and how this translated into their actions and the consequences for society. Students will relate these lessons to modern issues, leaders and events and use the insights they gain to examine the inner workings of law-making at the State Legislature.



  • Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence
  • Hunt, Martin, Rosenwein and Smith, The Making of the West
  • Jacob Burckhardt, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
  • ST3530 Reading Packet (with selections from Russell Kirk, Will Durant and others)

The registration deadline is Friday December 20thRegister online or contact Jeffery Francom for any questions at 855.586.6570 (ext 105) or

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