Brigham Young University
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990 SWKT, PO Box 25535, (801) 378-2083

Dean: Clayne L. Pope, Professor, Economics
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Curriculum: Paul B. Pixton, Professor, History
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development: Dennis L Thomson, Professor, Political Science

Academic Departments and Curriculum Areas

American Heritage
Clothing and Textiles
David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies (See Contents for specific areas of specialization.)
Family Sciences
Political Science
Social Work

Research and Academic Support Areas

Camilla Eyring Kimball Chair of Home and Family Life
Center for Studies of the Family
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and Lemuel H. Redd Jr. Chair in Western History
Comprehensive Clinic
J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair of Economics
Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History
Museum of Peoples and Cultures
New World Archaeological Foundation
Women's Research Institute

College Advisement Center

Larry K. Taylor, Supervisor (2254 SFLC, PO Box 26797, [801] 378-3541)

Advisors are prepared to assist students in the selection of General Education offerings that will contribute to a broad education. Advisors also assist faculty in offering counsel for specific majors and in monitoring a student's progress toward graduation.


The College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences is composed of departments whose primary focus is people.

Of particular concern is the family as the basis of human society. Each of the basic disciplines represented in the college has a special contribution to make to the family. Some are concerned with helping people to be healthy, responsible, and caring; some concentrate on helping families improve the quality of life; some focus on the home as a laboratory for family enhancement; and some explore the relationship between the family and the social systems that constitute the larger society.
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 services to individuals, families, and institutions.

Degrees Offered

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, PO Box 21009).

Women's Studies Minor

Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Director (970 SWKT, PO Box , [801] 378-4609]

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.

Center for Studies of the Family

Alan J. Hawkins, Director (922 SWKT, PO Box 25516 [801] 378-2948)

The Center for Studies of the Family 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 center understands 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

Joel C. Janetski, Director (105 ALLN, PO Box 25522)

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. The modest exhibits focus on the prehistory of Utah, the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, Polynesia, and the Near East as well as early Mormon pioneer life. Tour arrangements can be made by calling the museum at (801) 378-6112.

Educational and Research Opportunities. Classes in museology designed to provide students with practical experience in collections care and management, including computer applications, are available with approval. Credit in archaeological research, both field and laboratory, is also offered with prior approval of the museum staff, who are adjunct to the Anthropology Department. Museology and archaeology course listings are found in the Anthropology section of this catalog. The museum also employs several students each semester to assist in collections work and exhibit renovation.

Research entities in the museum include the Office of Public Archaeology and the Archaeological Technical Laboratory, both of which offer part-time employment to interested and qualified students. The Office of Public Archaeology is one of the leading archaeological contracting organizations in the intermountain area, with a permanent staff of eight. The technical lab specializes in botanical and minerals analyses. The museum works closely with Anthropology Department faculty, several of whom have research offices in Allen Hall. Offices of the New World Archaeological Foundation are also in the museum.

Anthropological Collections. Museum collections contain prehistoric and ethnographic artifacts from various parts of the world. The bulk of holdings are from the Southwest, Mesoamerica, Polynesia, 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 the artifactual materials. Information on this collection is now computer accessible for interested scholars. The museum encourages students to inquire about research possibilities using its collections.

Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History

Ronald K. Esplin, Director (127 KMB, PO Box 24485, [801] 378-4023)

The task of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History is the scholarly study of the history, people, institutions, and culture of the Latter-day Saints. Its mission, as a research organization, is to use the materials of history and the tools of scholarship to research, write, and publish works about the Latter-day Saint past that will be of significance to other scholars and to Latter-day Saints generally. Its personnel are historians who seek to understand and, where appropriate, emphasize the religious context of LDS history, including the vision and faith that underlie many significant events.

Under the direction of the appropriate departments, Smith Institute faculty also teach courses in history, LDS Church history, literature, and other disciplines related to their fields of expertise and advise students whose major papers, theses, and dissertations address Mormon history topics. The institute seeks to facilitate research by other scholars in LDS Church history as well. Limited support for research and publication in LDS Church history is available to faculty members from other departments within the university, based on an exchange of teaching and research assignments with institute faculty.

Joseph Fielding Smith Institute Faculty

Research Professors

Beecher, Maureen Ursenbach (1980) BS, Brigham Young U., 1958; MA, PhD, U. of Utah, 1966, 1973.

Esplin, Ronald K. (1980) BA, U. of Utah, 1969; MA, U. of Virginia, 1970; PhD, Brigham Young U., 1981.

Jessee, Dean C. (1980) BA, MA, Brigham Young U., 1956, 1959.

Madsen, Carol Cornwall (1980) BA, MA, PhD, U. of Utah, 1957, 1977, 1985.

Walker, Ronald W. (1980) BS, MA, Brigham Young U., 1961, 1965; MS, Stanford U., 1968; PhD, U. of Utah, 1977.

Associate Research Professors

Hartley, William G. (1980) BA, MA, Brigham Young U., 1965, 1969.

Jensen, Richard L. (1980) BA, Utah State U., 1968; MA, Ohio State U., 1972.

Senior Research Fellow

Allen, James B. (1963) BS, Utah State U., 1954; MA, Brigham Young U., 1975; PhD, U. of Southern California, 1963.


Arrington, Leonard J. (1972) BA, U. of Idaho, 1939; PhD, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1952; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, U. of Idaho, 1982; Honorary Docor of Humanities, Utah State U., 1982.


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