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2012 - 2013

BGS in General Studies: Family History Emphasis
(33 hours*)


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  1. Complete the following prerequisite course:
  2. In consultation with a BGS advisor, select a geographic area of interest (i.e., United States, New England, Latin America, British Isles, Europe, etc.) and select options that correspond to that area.
  3. Recommended foundational course (may count toward religion credits):
  4. Complete the following introductory course:
  5. Complete two of the following area source courses:
      HIST 350 : England/Wales After 1700 Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 350 : England/Wales After 1700 Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methods for reconstruction of individual families and development of demographic and family history studies in England and Wales after 1700.

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      HIST 351 : Germanic Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 351 : Germanic Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter Odd Yrs.
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in Germanic areas of Europe.

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        (section 1)
      HIST 353R : Southern European and Latin American Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 353R : Southern European and Latin American Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geo-historical background, paleography, and methods for reconstruction of individual families; development of demographic and family history studies which may include Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy and their colonies in the Americas.

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      HIST 404 : Southern United States Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 404 : Southern United States Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in southern states research.

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      HIST 414 : Scotland Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 414 : Scotland Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methods for reconstruction of individual families and development of demographic and family history studies in Scotland.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 415 : Ireland Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 415 : Ireland Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methods for reconstruction of individual families and development of demographic and family history studies in Ireland.

      Course Outcomes


  6. Complete one of the following social history courses:
  7. Complete one of the following handwriting courses:
  8. Complete one of the following area history courses:
  9. Complete 6 hours from the following elective courses (including any area source or handwriting courses not used for core above):
      ENGL 220 : Composing Personal History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 220 : Composing Personal History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Composing personal history through writing, mementos, oral history, chronologies, letters, documents, journals, and other mediums.
      NOTE: Independent Study also.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 481R : Directed Research in Family History. (.5-3:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 481R : Directed Research in Family History. (.5-3:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Student research directed by faculty member on family history topic of mutual interest.

      Course Outcomes


      REL C 393R : Special Studies in Religion: Church History and Doctrine. (.5-3:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      REL C 393R : Special Studies in Religion: Church History and Doctrine. (.5-3:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Topical studies in religion based on student interest and teacher expertise.

      Course Outcomes
                 
      : Presidents of the Church.
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      : Men and Women of Mormonism.
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      : LDS Temples.
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      : Book of Mormon Witnesses.
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      : Lectures on Faith.
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      : Doctrine and Teachings of Joseph Smith.
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      : Latter-Day Saints in Wartime.
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      : Family History in Great Britain. (1-3:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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      : Honors: Special Studies in Religion: Church History and Doctrine.
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      : Honors: Presidents of the Church.
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      : Honors: Men and Women of Mormonism.
      Course Outcomes
                 
      : Honors: LDS Temples.
      Course Outcomes
                 
      : Honors: Book of Mormon Witnesses.
      Course Outcomes
                 
      : Honors: Lectures on Faith.
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      : Honors: Doctrine and Teachings of Joseph Smith.
      Course Outcomes
                 
      : Honors: Latter-Day Saints in Wartime.
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      : Honors: Family History in Great Britain. (1-3:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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      : History of the English Bible. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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        (section 6)

    Note: A maximum of 3 hours of directed research credit can be counted toward the 6 hours of electives.

  10. Other BYU campus classes (including Salt Lake Center classes) dealing with social history, handwriting, area source, and area history for geographic areas not offered through Independent Study may be substituted for core courses above. Obtain prior approval before enrolling.
  11. Complete 6 hours from the following as the last courses in the emphasis:
      HIST 482 : Capstone Seminar: Writing and Professional Paths in Family History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 482 : Capstone Seminar: Writing and Professional Paths in Family History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 439
      DESCRIPTION: Research seminar; evidentiary analysis and writing skills in preparing a compiled lineage and exploring professional alternatives in family history, including professional accreditation or certification.

      Course Outcomes


      HIST 496R : Academic Internship: Family, Local, and Social History. (1-5:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 496R : Academic Internship: Family, Local, and Social History. (1-5:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Work-study involving family, local, and/or social history at one or more archives, libraries, publishers, data providers, or research organizations on the international, national, state, or local level, under supervision of a professional genealogist, historian, archivist, or librarian.

      Course Outcomes


        (3 hours maximum)
  12. Complete the following capstone course:
      STDEV 490 : Bachelor of General Studies Capstone. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      STDEV 490 : Bachelor of General Studies Capstone. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study only.
      PREREQUISITE: STDEV 100; completion of all other BGS program requirements.
      DESCRIPTION: Culminating course required for bachelor of general studies degree: analyze and evaluate BGS experience in light of the "Aims of a BYU Education" and summarize this experience in a reflective paper, integrate material learned in emphasis by completing a scholarly essay, and demonstrate accomplishment of learning outcomes.

      Course Outcomes


*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.