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About the College

BYU College of Humanities

Picture of the building of the JSFB

The BYU College of Humanities was formed in 1965 after the division of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences into the College of Humanities and the College of Social Sciences. The College of Social Sciences was later merged into the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences, although some of its programs were made part of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

When it was formed, the College consisted of four departments: Humanities and Comparative Literature; English; Latin American Studies; and Languages. In 1967, the Languages Department was divided into six departments. Now the College has eight departments and nine centers.


Humanities students are uniquely passionate about what they study. Their dedication to their discipline, whether it be linguistics, classical studies, or Russian, drives them and motivates them to be excellent students and scholars. Their passion makes them learn to think clearly, act well, and appreciate life.


“It is reported that Alexander the Great once said, ‘I am indebted to my father for my living, and to my teacher for living well.” His teacher happened to be a fellow named Aristotle. My friends [the faculty] are worthy guides for living well. I have often thought about how [the] four years or so at college are the “mortality of. . . mortality,’ in the sense that [one] left home and came to a foreign place where [one was] tested, tried, and made decisions that will have an impact far beyond [one’s] short stay here. These are exciting years because they are critical years, and to get to this point you have relied on wise, competent and faithful guides: the men and women [of the College of Humanities].”
—John Rosenberg, Former Dean (2005-2015)