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Brigham Young University. Department of Social Work



  • Existence: 1981-1986

Administrative History

The Department of Social Work (1981-1986) was part of the College of Family, Home, and Social Science at Brigham Young University. The department taught courses on the practice of social work, and assisted with employment placement.

The department was established in 1981 in a split of the earlier Department of Sociology and Social Work. The new department focused on training social work professionals, and provided employment placement for bachelor degree graduates. It also offered graduate degrees in social work, and helped other programs where social work is necessary. In 1986 the department was reorganized as the School of Social Work.

The department chair was W. Eugene Gibbons (1981-1986).


College of Family, Home and Social Sciences at BYU, via WWW, Nov. 6, 2000 (History: "Social Work remained in the Department of Sociology until 1980 [when] it became its own Department." "In 1985 the Social Work Department became the School of Social Work.")

Brigham Young University annual catalog, 1981-1982: p. 46 (Dept. of Social Work was in College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences; W. Eugene Gibbons, Chair)

Brigham Young University annual catalog, 1986-1987: p. 146 (changed to School of Social Work)

Brigham Young University undergraduate catalog, 2018-2019 (College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. Dept. of Social Work)

BYU Organization History Project, via WWW, May 7, 2020 (purpose of the department was to provide employment, prepare students for graduate studies and workplace, help other programs)

Not found: Wesley W. Craig autobiography, 1990-1998 (School of Social Work at BYU)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Graduate Studies records on School of Social Work, 1982-2003

 Sub-Series — Carton: 19, Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 1141 Series 6 Sub-Series 48
Scope and Contents Materials are related to the graduate program of the School of Social Work from 1982 to 2003. Materials include reports, department reviews, and proposals.
Dates: 1982-2003