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The Emergence Of Mormon Studies In The Social Sciences

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This chapter demonstrates that anyone who undertakes to teach a course on Mormons, at least in the United States, will face no shortage of scholarly literature on which to base such a course. Much of this literature is obviously historical in nature, rather than purely sociological or social-scientific. Courses in Mormon Studies are being taught in various universities, both public and private, and at least two important universities have established special academic programs in Mormon Studies, each based on an endowed chair: the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University and the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at the Claremont Graduate University in southern California. As this is being written, searches are underway to fill those chairs with senior scholars by the fall of 2007.

Keywords: Claremont Graduate University; Howard W. Hunter; Leonard J. Arrington; Mormon Studies; United States; Utah State University



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