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BA in Family History—Genealogy (55–77 hours*)



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  1. Complete one course from the following in fulfillment of the university core First-Year Writing requirement:
      WRTG 150 : Writing and Rhetoric. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WRTG 150 : Writing and Rhetoric. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Processes of writing, reading, and research with an emphasis on argumentation and rhetorical analysis.
      NOTE: Fulfills General Education First-Year Writing requirement.

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      PHIL 150 : Reasoning and Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 150 : Reasoning and Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      RECOMMENDED: Recommended for philosophy majors and minors.
      DESCRIPTION: Informal grammar, logic, and rhetoric as tools for reading and writing. Library research.
      NOTE: Fulfills GE First-Year Writing requirement. No course challenges accepted.

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      Note: Waivers based on Advanced Placement (AP) or other test scores do not apply to this requirement. Students with AP credit for Engl 115 should take Wrtg 150 or Phil 150.
  2. Complete one course from the following in fulfillment of the university core Languages of Learning requirement:
      PHIL 305 : Intermediate Formal Logic. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHIL 305 : Intermediate Formal Logic. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: PHIL 205
      DESCRIPTION: History and use of first-order logic and second-order logic; natural-deduction and axiomatic proofs; modal logic; set theory and foundations of mathematics.
      NOTE: Fulfills GE Languages of Learning requirement.

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      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also; Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      RECOMMENDED: MATH 110 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION:  Stemplots, boxplots, histograms, scatterplots; central tendency, variability; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing involving one and two means and proportions; contingency tables, simple linear regression.

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      : Honors Principles of Statistics.
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      An approved culminating foreign language course.

      Note: These courses, and their prerequisites, impart linguistic or quantitative skills advantageous to historical research.

  3. Complete the following in fulfillment of the university core Civilization 1 and 2 requirements:
      HIST 201 : World Civilization to 1500. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 201 : World Civilization to 1500. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also. Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: World civilization from Greek antiquity to Renaissance; explores fundamental questions in the human experience, examines formative events in history, and seeks to teach value of important texts.

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      HIST 202 : World Civilization from 1500. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 202 : World Civilization from 1500. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: World civilization from Renaissance to present; explores fundamental questions in the human experience, examines formative events in history, and seeks to teach value of important texts.
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

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      : Honors World Civilization from 1500.
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  4. Complete the following (may be used as partial fulfillment of the university core doctrinal foundation and religion requirement):
      REL C 261 : Introduction to Family History (Genealogy). (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      REL C 261 : Introduction to Family History (Genealogy). (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the doctrinal significance, necessary skills, and available resources dealing with family history and genealogy.

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      REL C 293R : Specialized Studies in Family History (Genealogy). (1:1.0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      REL C 293R : Specialized Studies in Family History (Genealogy). (1:1.0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Using documents from specific regional and organizational sources to identify ancestors and submit their names for temple ordinances.

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      : LDS Family History.
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      : United States and Canada Family History.
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      : British Family History.
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      : Scandinavian Family History.
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      : Native American Family History.
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      : French and Italian Family History.
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      : Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese Family History.
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      : Slavic Family History.
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      : Germanic Family History.
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  5. Complete the following:
      HIST 200 : The Historian's Craft. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 200 : The Historian's Craft. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: History within the broader framework of liberal education; nature of history; questions historians ask; skills and resources needed to study, understand, and write history.
      NOTE: Required of all history majors.

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      HIST 217 : The Family Historian's Craft. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 217 : The Family Historian's Craft. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Introduction to genealogical methods applicable in American and international research. Discussion of technology in genealogical research and introduction to censuses and vital records (US and international).

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      HIST 220 : The United States Through 1877. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 220 : The United States Through 1877. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Discovery, colonization, American Revolution, estabishment of the Constitution, foreign affairs, westward expansion, slavery, sectionalism, Civil War, and reconstruction.

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      HIST 317 : The Family and the Law in American History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 317 : The Family and the Law in American History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: The interaction of families with law and government as illustrated in original American sources; individual family histories reconstructed in the broader perspective of history.

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      Note: Hist 200, 217, and 317 should be completed no later than the sophomore year or in the first semester/term after the major is declared. Majors should consult with the family history coordinator soon after declaring. Hist 220 must be completed as a college course; it cannot be fulfilled with AP or other test scores. Hist 200 and 490 combined satisfy the university core Advanced Written and Oral Communications requirement. Advanced Placement U.S. History courses are not equivalent.
  6. Complete one course from the following:
      HIST 280 : Northern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 280 : Northern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of invididual families and development of family history studies in the northern states, including New England, the Midwest, and some Mid-Atlantic states in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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      HIST 281 : Southern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 281 : Southern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: 19th and 20th century records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in the southern states.

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      HIST 282 : Colonial US Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 282 : Colonial US Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in colonial American studies.

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  7. Complete three courses from the following:
      HIST 280 : Northern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 280 : Northern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of invididual families and development of family history studies in the northern states, including New England, the Midwest, and some Mid-Atlantic states in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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      HIST 281 : Southern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 281 : Southern US Family, Local, and Social History Research Since 1790. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: 19th and 20th century records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in the southern states.

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      HIST 282 : Colonial US Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 282 : Colonial US Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in colonial American studies.

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      HIST 350 : British Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 350 : British Family, Local and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methods for reconstruction of individual families and development of demographic and family history studies in England, Scotland, and Wales.

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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.
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      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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      HIST 352 : Scandinavian Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 352 : Scandinavian Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families and development of family history studies in Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and/or Finland.

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      HIST 353 : Southern European and Latin American Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 353 : Southern European and Latin American Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      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 354 : Slavic Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 354 : Slavic Family, Local, and Social History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Records, geographical-historical background, paleography, and methodologies for reconstruction of individual families; development of family history studies in Slavic areas of Europe.

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      HIST 390R : Special Topics in History. (.5-3:Arr:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 390R : Special Topics in History. (.5-3:Arr:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
      DESCRIPTION:  Presented by visiting or regular faculty. Varied topics include oral history, demographics, psychohistory, Christianity in history, family history research, etc.

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      : Family History Research.
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      : Family History Research in Ireland. (.5-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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      : Family History Research in the Netherlands.
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      : Advanced Southern European Family History Research.
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      : Advanced British Family History Research.
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      : Native American Family History Research. (.5-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
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      (Family History section only.)
      HIST 396 : Historical Narrative: A Writing Workshop. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 396 : Historical Narrative: A Writing Workshop. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter Even Yrs.
      RECOMMENDED: Hist 200, 220, 221.
      DESCRIPTION: Workshop in writing narrative history, emphasizing the problems of writing historical narrative. Theories and examples of narrative history.

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      HIST 434 : Computers in Family Historical Research and Publication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 434 : Computers in Family Historical Research and Publication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall Odd Yrs.
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Use of computer programs and the internet in researching family, local, and social history; including programs and techniques for publishing.

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      Note: Hist 280, 281, or 282 may be used to fulfill this requirement only if not fulfilling requirement 6.

  8. Complete one course from the following:

  9. Complete the following:
      HIST 439 : Seminar on Professional Family History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 439 : Seminar on Professional Family History Research. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: HIST 217
      DESCRIPTION: Practicum in professional client research exploring advanced genealogical methodologies.

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      HIST 496R : Academic Internship: Family, Local, and Social History. (1-6:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      HIST 496R : Academic Internship: Family, Local, and Social History. (1-6:0:0)(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.

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  10. Complete one course from the following list of social and cultural history courses. Seek faculty advice in choosing electives:

  11. Complete one course from list of history courses that (1) does not appear above and (2) relates to your selected geographical area of emphasis. Seek faculty advice in choosing electives.
  12. Complete the following capstone course:
  13. Note: It is recommended that students select the section designated for family history majors only; offered annually.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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