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Brigham Young University. College of Religious Instruction

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1959-1973

Administrative History

The College of Religious Instruction was an administrative unit at Brigham Young University.

The College of Religious Instruction was born in 1959 when the Division of Religion was discontinued due to growth in university enrollment and renamed the College of Religious Instruction. As university enrollment grew, religious class enrollment grew, as every student was required to engage in a religious class each semester. The following individuals served as deans of the college: David H. Yarn, Jr. (1959-1963), B. West Belnap (1964-1967), Daniel H. Ludlow (1968-1971), and Roy W. Doxey (1972-1973).

The College of Religious Instruction had a fundamental role in properly integrating religious and moral values with secular knowledge. With the requirement of religious course enrollment each semester, individuals at Brigham Young University had the opportunity of establishing his or her life on a stable ethical and religious basis. Despite its college structure, the College of Religious Instruction did not grant degrees, neither graduate nor undergraduate.

Theological classes became part of the College of Religious Instruction at its establishment in 1959. Beginning in 1961, the faculty of the College of Religious Instruction instituted a new class requirement for incoming freshman, that of a Book of Mormon course.

A Reading Committee on Publication of Theological Material existed at least in 1963 under the chairmanship of William E. Berret. It was discontinued by 1968.

The following departments were a part of the College of Religious Instruction from 1959 to 1964: Bible and Modern Scripture, Biblical Languages, L.D.S. Theology Church Organization and Administration, History and Philosophy of Religion, and Religious Education. These were replaced by the Dept. of Undergraduate Studies in Religious Instruction and the Dept. of Graduate Studies in Religious Instruction in 1964. Three new departments were organized in 1969, replacing the previous two, which included the Department of Ancient Scriptures, the Department of Church History and Doctrine, and the Department of Philosophy.

Citation

Religious Instruction records, 1965-1979 (College of Religious Instruction)

Brigham Young University, L. Tom Perry Special Collections worksheet, Apr. 13, 2009 (College of Religious Instruction; previously known as Division of Religion)

Brigham Young University, 1975: v. 2, p. 184 (Division of Religion renamed College of Religious Instruction in 1959; granted master's and doctor's degrees in religion) v. 2, p. 187 (College of Religion) v. 2, p. 193 (reorganized and renamed Religious Instruction in 1973; lost college status)

Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:

College of Religious Instruction meeting minutes, 1958

 Series
Identifier: UA 584 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Mainly departmental chairman meetings, but also includes other meetings.
Dates: Other: 1958

College of Religious Instruction records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 584
Abstract Correspondence of Bryan Belnap, David Yarn, Roy Doxey, Daniel Ludlow and Chauncey Riddle.
Dates: 1937-1973

College of Religious Instruction records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 656
Abstract This collection contains annual reports, minutes of meetings, talks, and newsletters from the College of Religious Instruction at Brigham Young University.
Dates: 1938-1988

General, 1937-1971

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 584 Series 6 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note Course descriptions and samplings, speeches, department proposals and recomendatations and miscellaneous printed material.
Dates: Other: 1937-1971

J. Wyley Sessions papers on career and full-time church assignments, 1919-1978

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 156 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains papers regarding his profession and church service. Includes materials related to missions he served as the president of, his service with the Institute program, his work at Brigham Young University, and other papers regarding his career.
Dates: 1919-1978

J. Wyley Sessions papers on civic activities, 1949-1965

 Series
Identifier: UA 156 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, notes, and other materials related to civic and business activities by Sessions. Materials date from between 1949 and 1965.
Dates: 1949-1965

J. Wyley Sessions papers on Institutes of Religion, 1927-1976

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 156 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, notes, and other materials related to his service with the Institutes of Religion.
Dates: 1927-1976

J. Wyley Sessions speeches, articles, and notes, date of production not identified

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 156 Series 4
Scope and Contents note Contains speeches and talks given by him. There are also articles he collected throughout his life, and various other writings.
Dates: date of production not identified

Materials transferred from current printed matter section to this collection, 1937-1971

 Series
Identifier: UA 584 Series 6
Scope and Contents note Printed materials for religion classes (workbooks, manuals, handouts, etc.), course descriptions and samplings, speeches and department proposals.
Dates: Other: 1937-1971

Office of Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for Division of Religion - Chauncey Riddle, 1952-1960

 Series
Identifier: UA 584 Series 8
Scope and Contents note Includes course outlines and offerings, degree requirements, honors program, committee minutes, memos and correspondence.
Dates: Other: 1952-1960