Dean: David B. Magleby, Professor, Political Science
Associate Dean: Stephen J. Bahr, Professor, Sociology
Associate Dean: Craig H. Hart, Professor, School of Family Life
Associate Dean: Elaine Walton, Professor, School of Social Work
Academic Departments and Curriculum Areas
Research and Academic Support Areas
Camilla Eyring Kimball Chair of Home and Family Life
Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (CSED)
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and Lemuel H. Redd Jr. Chair in Western History
Family Studies Center
Marjorie Pay Hinckley Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences
Mary Lou Fulton Chair in Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Museum of Peoples and Cultures
New World Archaeological Foundation
Women's Research Institute
International and Area Studies
The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences administers the International Relations Program, coordinated by Kerk Phillips. Faculty in the college also teach courses in the various area studies programs, including Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East Studies. Students in these programs receive advisement from the IAS Advisement Center, 273 HRCB, (801) 422-3548.
College Advisement Center
Lori L. Seely, Supervisor
Advisors are prepared to assist students in the selection of university core offerings that will contribute to a broad education. Advisors also assist faculty in offering counsel for specific majors, counseling for a career, and monitoring a student's progress toward graduation.
The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is composed of departments whose primary focus is people. Particular concerns include the family as the basis of society, understanding governments and societies in which people live, and solving world problems.
The instructional program of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences has two major emphases. One provides a broad education that helps develop an appreciation of the values that establish and strengthen modern civilization and that prepares individuals to contribute effectively as citizens. The other prepares professionals to discover truths that reveal our heritage and to provide significant service to individuals, families, and institutions.
Many of the departments and programs housed within the college provide opportunities for student learning and exploration outside the classroom through internships and faculty-mentored teaching and research experiences.
Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees are offered in the college. See the individual department and program listings in this catalog for specific degrees offered and the requirements for each.
Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships and awards are available to qualified students. Applications may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, A-141 ASB.
Women's Studies Minor
Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Director
The Women's Research Institute sponsors a minor in Women's Studies. This program educates students in the findings, theory, and research methodologies fundamental to the women's studies field and fosters critical thinking and superior scholarship. The research and study of women and their viewpoints in traditional academic disciplines creates a new framework of interpretation and scholarship for our historical and cultural traditions. Courses in the minor represent many disciplines and provide a variety of perspectives on topics relating to women's experiences.
See the Women's Research Institute section of this catalog for course requirements for this minor.
Family Studies Center
Randal D. Day, Director
The Family Studies Center is dedicated to identifying characteristics associated with strong families and the processes by which they develop. At the heart of the center's mission is a deep and abiding desire to understand families and family members and to assist them to achieve their full potential. The fundamental guiding document is "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Understanding and promoting the principles in this proclamation will provide guidelines to help strengthen individuals, marriages, and families.
The center fosters the important link that research can and must have to families themselves. Research that illuminates the relationship between the family and other important institutions such as governments, schools, and business, as well as social contexts including households, neighborhoods, and cultures, is germane to the center's research program. Relevant information is presented through publications, conferences, symposia, seminars, and lectures.
The center helps organizations design and implement programs to aid couples and individuals in building and sustaining stronger families. Programs are designed not only to strengthen families but also to prevent critical family problems, including family violence, child abuse and neglect, divorce, financial mismanagement, and substance abuse. In addition, public policies that strengthen families are discussed and developed.
Museum of Peoples and Cultures
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures is located in Allen Hall at 700 North 100 East in Provo. Museum hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guided tours are available for a nominal fee and can be scheduled by calling the museum at (801) 422-0020.
Educational Opportunities. Classes in museum practices designed to provide students with practical experience in collections care and management—including computer applications, exhibition curation, and educational programming— are available with approval. Museum practice courses are taught by the museum's staff, who are adjunct anthropology faculty (see listings in the Anthropology section of this catalog). The museum also employs several students each semester to assist in collections work and welcomes volunteers to assist in educational and promotional work.
Anthropological Collections and Research Opportunities. Museum collections comprise prehistoric and ethnographic artifacts from various parts of the world. The bulk of holdings are from the Southwest, Mesoamerica, Polynesia, ancient Peru, and the Great Basin, especially Utah Valley. The museum also cares for a collection of more than 20,000 black and white and color photographs that document BYU archaeological research and artifactual materials. The museum encourages students to inquire about research possibilities using its collections.
Dawson W. Hedges, Director
The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is the current host for the multi-disciplinary Neuroscience Center. Neuroscience is the field of study covering the development and function of the central nervous system and its connection to influencing and regulating behavior. This degree-granting program functions through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Psychology and the Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology (College of Biology and Agriculture). See the Neuroscience Center section of this catalog for program admission information and course requirements.