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Brigham Young University. Department of Political Science (1921-1979)

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1921-1979

Administrative History

The Department of Political Science (1921-1979) was an instructional unit at Brigham Young University.

The Department of Political Science was established in 1921 as part of the Department of History and Political Science. It was initially associated with the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Commerce and Business Administration. The department was responsible for student instruction in the areas of political theory, politics, public administration, comparative government, and international law and relations. In 1954 the department was moved to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, then in 1966 to the College of Social Sciences. The department was reorganized in 1979 and renamed the Department of Government.

Department chairs in political science included chairs, Christen Jensen (1921-1923, and 1936-1948), Thomas C. Romney (1924-1928), Russel B. Swensen (1950-1954), Russel B. Swensen (1954-1955), Richard D. Poll (1955-1957), Stewart L. Grow (1957-1961), Mark W. Cannon (1961-1964), Jesse W. Reeder (1964-1966), John T. Bernhard (1966-1968), Edwin B. Morrell (1968-1970), and Ray C. Hillam (1970-1979).

Citation

Brigham Young University, 1976: vol. 2 p. 281 (Political Science Department; Department of Political Science; part of College of Arts and Sciences) vol. 2 p. 707 (1954 moved to David O. McKay building) vol. 3 p. 33 (moved to Maeser Building in mid-1960s) vol. 3 p. 120 (part of College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Social Sciences)

Organizational History Project website, via WWW, May 27, 2014 (Department of Political Science; est. 1921 in split of earlier Department of History and Political Science; initially associated with College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Commerce and Business Administration; moved to College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1954; moved to College of Social Science, 1966; renamed Department of Government in 1979; provided instruction in political theory, politics, public administration, comparative government, and international law and relations; chairs, Christen Jensen (1921-1923, and 1936-1948), Thomas C. Romney (1924-1928), Russel B. Swensen (1950-1954), Russel B. Swensen (1954-1955), Richard D. Poll (1955-1957), Stewart L. Grow (1957-1961), Mark W. Cannon (1961-1964), Jesse W. Reeder (1964-1966), John T. Bernhard (1966-1968), Edwin B. Morrell (1968-1970), and Ray C. Hillam (1970-1979))

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

Department of Government records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 705
Abstract The collection contains faculty documents, an audit, and a faculty activity report.

Department of Political Science correspondence and meeting minutes, 1969-2007

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1200 Series 1
Scope and Contents Materials document that administrative activities of the Department of Political Science. They include correspondences, memos, and faculty meeting minutes about classes, faculty, and department expenses. Dates range from 1969 to 2007.

Department of Political Science records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 581
Scope and Contents Newspaper clippings, surveys, articles, reports, brochures, and statements that were collected by the Political Science Department of Brigham Young University. The materials relate to the issues involved in "Proposition Nr. 1" which would repeal the "council-manager" form of government for the city of Provo, Utah.

Department of Political Science records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 1200
Scope and Contents Consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, student papers, student files, syllabi, self-studies, and reports of the Department of Political Science about political science classes ans research, and administartive activities with the Department of Political Science from 1969 to 2007.

Department of Political Science records

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 267
Scope and Contents Contains multiple choice and essay examinations administered to senior students majoring in political science.

Department of Political Science records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 526
Scope and Contents This collection includes correspondence of the Department Chair, examinations, class outlines, and student term papers selected by the Department, 1952-1965.

Department of Political Science records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 815
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, curriculum studies, graduate student records, policy documents, and other materials produced by the department. Materials date from between 1955 and 1979.

Department of Political Science reports, 1974-2006

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1200 Series 6
Scope and Contents Materials document the various activities of the faculty of the Department of Political Science. They include reports generated by faculty members, exit polls from political surveys, and other related materials. Dates range from 1974 to 2006.

Department of Political Science student papers, 1972-1983

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1200 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains papers written by students in a variety of political science classes. Topics covered include the Supreme Court, the Treaty of Versailles, justice, political violence, morality, school prayer, and public policy. Dates range from 1972 to 1983.