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Kudos to Brigham Young University - Livin' the Good Life

Apr. 29th, 2009

08:49 am - Kudos to Brigham Young University

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I’ve been thrilled and inspired by my Mormon friend’s recent blog entry about her son graduating from BYU (bless you Jill!). BYU has long had the reputation of being THE place for Mormons to meet other marriagable Mormons. Now I know why it works so well. Here are a few of the statistics about this university that made me sit up and take notice:

The 2009 graduating class had more than 6200 graduates
53% were male, 47% female, average age 25
54% were married
24% graduated with a “Family Home and Social Sciences” degree (aimed at women, no doubt)

What exactly is a Family Home and Social Sciences degree, I wondered? Is it really a “home economics degree”? So I looked it up on the BYU website, and I found out that it is, indeed, a degree that prepares a person for marriage, among other things! My jaw dropped! Can this be true? A school that values the career of an at-home mother and the career of being successfully and happily married... enough to give out degrees in the subject? As I’ve lamented before, we train for all these money-making careers, and yet most of us get married and go into this awesome commitment and responsibility completely GREEN. No preparation whatsoever, other than what our parents may or may not have taught us! So many times, my moms fret to me about the fact that their babies did not come with “instruction manuals”. So many people enter marriage without any expertise in the areas that they will need to know right away, if not yesterday! Looking over the courses available at BYU, I think, “If I was a young woman, I’d take those classes. They sound really interesting!”
Classes such as:

Sewing (all the way through advanced) and Tailoring
Nutrition and family meal planning
Managing a home
Household budgeting
Successful marriage practices
Childbearing and childrearing
Child psychology and development
Teen development
(There are also classes on fathering, and I don’t know what else for or about men)
And more… Check it out for yourself.

I can’t believe it: A college that prepares women to be excellent wives, mothers and homemakers? (Like a form of “finishing school” that offers a degree?) That just sounds too good to be true! This is exactly what I’ve been wishing for for our world and didn’t think existed. Do non-Mormon colleges have these classes and programs that culminate in a degree?

If I were a man, I would happily marry a woman who graduated with honors in Home and Family Life. Wouldn’t any man love to be married to an excellent cook who keeps good nutrition in mind when preparing meals, someone who can confidently sew, make, and mend things, someone who can skillfully stay within the family budget, someone who can run a smooth household, someone who is interested in, and has a clear idea about, how to maintain a successful marriage, one who wants to prepare herself for childbearing, who understands the needs of children and how to take good care of them, who knows something about teenagers and their needs, and finally, values all these roles as being just as important as any other career… one that contributes to the family’s security, happiness, and well-being?

Well, about 1500 women just graduated from BYU with a degree in these subjects. Theoretically, 1500 Mormon men will marry them. Lucky guys. When are other colleges going to get with it and offer degrees in these subjects? That possibility is so exciting to me, I’m jumping up and down inside!

In fact, I think I just died and went to heaven!


Date:May 3rd, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
I love that you included this in your blog! My niece Ashley was one of those 1500 who graduated last week with this degree.
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