Brigham Young University. General Education and Honors

The body known as General Education and Honors was formed at Brigham Young University in 1986 when General Education and University Honors Education were placed under the leadership of one administrator, known as the Dean of General Education and Honors. This continued until 2002 when the name was changed to Undergraduate Education. Deans of General Education and Honors include: James R. Kearl (1986-1989), Harold L. Miller, Jr. (1989-1993), Paul A. Cox (1993-1997), James E. Faulconer (Acting Dean, 1997-1998; Dean, 1998-2000), George S. Tate (2000-2002).

Variant names

Brigham Young University. General and Honors Education.

Brigham Young University. Honors and General Education.


Established: 1986

Abolished: 2002

Location: Provo, Utah (1986-2002)


General Education and Honors oversaw the GE component of a BYU education as well as the Honors Program. At various points in its existence, the administration also supervised First-Year Writing, Freshman Academy, the Freshman Year Office, and Pre-professional Advisement. Its functions were geared mainly toward undergraduate education, which was reflected in the 2002 name change to Undergraduate Education.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Dean of General Education and Honors reported directly to the University. At various times, different deans divided up the portfolio of the administration amongst the associate deans, with responsibilities for the Honors Program, for GE, for first-year writing, etc. General Education and Honors also supervised the Prelaw Advisement Center from its creation in August 1990 until it was placed under Student Life in May 1998.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1986-2002)

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. Honors Program (1986-2002)

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. General Education (1986-2002)

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. Freshman Academy (1998-2002)

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. Prelaw Advisement Center (1990-1998)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. University Honors Education (1986)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. General Education (1986)

Later unit: Brigham Young University. Undergraduate Education (2002)

Associated Archival Materials

College of Undergraduate Education Records, 1960-2000 (UA 1205)


Agenda: General and Honors Education: College Deans’ Council, September 7, 1993: Administration page (Dean [Cox] with four deans, each with a particular assignment: Honors, writing, GE, pre-professional)

Brigham Young University General Catalog 1987-1988: p. 33 (James R. Kearl, dean of GE); 36 (Kearl dean of University Honors Education; Dean of GE and Honors same for the first time); p. 305 (Honors and General Education)

Brigham Young University 1990-1991 General Catalogue: p. 14 (Harold L. Miller, Jr., dean)

Brigham Young University 1994-1995 Undergraduate Catalog: p. 36 (Paul A. Cox, dean of GE); p. 39 (Cox dean of Honors)

Brigham Young University 1998-1999 Undergraduate Catalog: pp. 45, 50 (James E. Faulconer, acting dean)

Brigham Young University 1999-2000 Undergraduate Catalog: pp. 44, 49 (Faulconer dean)

Brigham Young University 2001-2002 Undergraduate Catalog: pp. 64, 68 (George S. Tate, dean)

General Education Program, June 5, 1986: p. 1 (Outgoing Dean: Donald K. Jarvis [Russian] [till September 1, 1986]/Incoming Dean of Honors and General Education: J. R. Kearl [Economics and Law])

Kristen Morris, History of the Brigham Young University Honors Program: 1978-2001: The Building and Restructuring of an Honors Program: p. 30 (James R. Kearl, dean 1986-1989); p. 31 (significant changes in GE; university placed GE under leadership of Dean of Honors, making Kearl first dean of Honors and General Education [variant names] in 1986; one dean over both programs); p. 38 (Kearl served until 1989 when appointed associate academic vice president; Harold L. Miller, Jr., dean from 1989-1993); p. 45 (Honors and GE established Pre-Law Advisement Center in August 1990; placed under Student Life in May 1998); p. 46 (Paul A. Cox, dean 1993-1997); p. 47 (Cox divided deanship into four portfolios—one associate dean for Honors, one for GE, one for undergraduate support, one for writing programs); p. 55 (Faulconer appointed Acting Dean in 1997; Dean from 1998-2000; altered program administration to give more power to associate deans and diminish parochial changes from administrator to administrator); p. 56 (Freshman Academy placed under GE and Honors in 1998, previously reported to associate academic vice president); p. 63 (George S. Tate appointed Dean May 2000)

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