Beginning later this year, students can begin earning an applied associate degree in family history.

Through a partnership with the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this new online degree will prepare students for employment in family history related fields and help them to become a certified genealogist. The university hopes to have the program available beginning this fall.

“The courses will offer students opportunities to engage in authentic tasks related to family history research,” said Stan Kivett, a BYU-Idaho faculty member who serves on the committee for this new program. “Over the course of the two-year program, students will develop portfolios that will demonstrate mastery and experience they have gained in conducting personal and professional research in family history.”