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Brigham Young University. School of Social Work



  • Existence: 1985-

Administrative History

The School of Social Work (est. 1985) is an instructional unit at Brigham Young University.

Social Work at Brigham Young University had its beginnings as an "emphasis of study" in the major of sociology. Two prominent sociologists, Professor Joe Symons and Professor John Christiansen had a dream that one day BYU would educate professional social workers. In 1969, a landmark decision was made to hire a practicing social worker from the local community and move forward with the creation of a major in social work. Dr. Eugene Gibbons was extended an invitation to join the Sociology Department as a permanent faculty member and was given the responsibility of providing leadership in the development of the social work major. Social Work remained in the Department of Sociology until 1980, at which time it became its own department. Shortly after the MSW program was developed and initiated in 1982, the Social Work Department approached the University administration concerning the Department's organizational structure. In 1985, the Social Work Department became the School of Social Work.

Wesley W. Craig autobiography, 1990-1998 (School of Social Work at BYU)

College of Family, Home and Social Sciences at BYU, via WWW, November 9, 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.")

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Wesley W. Craig autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230330125]
Identifier: MSS SC 3066
Scope and Contents

Comments on his ancestry; early life in Cabarton, Cascade, and elsewhere in Idaho; service in the U.S. Navy during the 1940s; conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), 1949; work in the Department of Sociology and School of Social Work at BYU; and professional and religious experiences, including in Guatemala, Peru, Spain, and Venezuela.

Dates: 1990-1998

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

 Sub-Series — Carton 19: Series 6 [Barcode: 31197233639696], 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

History of the Masters of Social Work

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233645685]
Identifier: UA 5388
Scope and Contents

History documenting the first twenty-five years of the Master's of Social Work degree at Brigham Young University. The volume has information on the mission of the program, the buildings the program has resided in, the directors of the program and class photographs for each graduating class. It also includes a photograph of the 2007-2008 faculty.

Dates: 1983-2008

School of Social Work accreditation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1227
Scope and Contents

Contains the documents given to the accreditation reviewers of the Brigham Young University School of Social Work based on the Council of Social Work Education's Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The accreditation team was on campus from November 7-9, 2005.

Dates: 2005

School of Social Work historical records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1069
Scope and Contents

Correspondence and reports documenting the history of Brigham Young University School of Social Work. Also includes the School's administrative records, including curriculum and conference planning files, convocation details, handbooks and manuals, enrollment information, and other records mainly related to the bachelor's in social work program. Materials dated 1955 to 2012.

Dates: 1955-2012

School of Social Work records, 2007-2009

 Series — Carton 5: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197235233449]
Identifier: UA 5535 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains letters and records from the School of Social Work in the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences. Materials dated from 2007 to 2009.

Dates: 2007-2009