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Course Prerequisites

Religion C 343 is the third in a series of courses dealing with Latter-day Saint history. The first treats the period of Restoration through the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The second considers the pioneers and brings the Church’s story up to 1900. That is where we begin. Although the earlier two courses are not prerequisites, you would benefit from taking them. Nevertheless, this course is designed to stand on its own. Therefore, you should have no problem having a good experience in this course even if you have not taken the other two.

Course Objectives

We have two different kinds of objectives for this course--spiritual and academic. They really support each other. If you know more about the Church, you are in a better position to develop spiritual feelings about it. At the same time, if you feel you have positive spiritual feelings about the Church, you will be motivated to learn more about it.

You do not need to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to enroll. Whether you are a member of another faith or one who feels that your testimony of the “Restored Church” is so strong that it could not increase any further, our hope is that this course can help you know even more certainly whether or not this Church is truly divinely guided. Because we do not have an adequate means of measuring a person’s spiritual growth, the grade you receive at the end of this course will be based primarily on the academic objectives. As a result of taking this class, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe how the Church’s situation changed between the years 1900 and 2000.
  2. List major developments in Church organization and programs since 1900.
  3. Discuss the background and impact of major inspired developments in the Church since 1900.
  4. List the unique contributions of each President of the Church during his administration as president.

Course Materials


The text for this course will be Church History in the Fullness of Times. It was published by the Church Educational System and is the basic text used for Church history courses at BYU and in the Institutes around the world. It has become a popular resource even for people who are not enrolled in these classes. This is the same book that is used for earlier Church history courses, so if you have taken one of them, you may already have it.

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Course Structure

This course has been divided into fifteen lessons, each one corresponding to a chapter in the text. These lessons do not treat exactly the same number of years, but because the course covers approximately one century, you can anticipate each lesson will deal with about five to ten years. Actually, the fifteenth lesson isn’t related to any years in particular, but rather combines an overview of the entire course with a look into the future. Each lesson is structured to guide you step by step. At the beginning you will see a statement of lesson objectives. These identify what you should be able to do once you get through. Next you will find a listing of “Notable Specifics.” This list should help you identify which names, dates, places, or other facts you should know in order to do well on exams. The body of the lesson contains additional questions you should try to answer, specific reading assignments in the text, and other explanations that I hope will be helpful to you. At the end of the lesson you will find a section called “Self Check.” The ten questions included there are not necessarily the ten most important concepts you should know, but are only a sample. You should try to answer them without looking at the text or any notes you may have made. This should give you a pretty good idea of how well you have learned the material in the lesson.


Each lesson includes ten Speedback questions. These ten questions will become part of your course grade, and they will be open note. Submit each Speedback assignment after you have finished its corresponding lesson.

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The final exam will have one hundred questions and will be worth forty percent of your total grade.

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15 computer-graded assignments 60% (4% each)
Final exam 40%

Grading Scale

A 100–94 C 76–74
A– 93–90 C– 73–70
B+ 89–87 D+ 69–67
B 86–84 D 66–64
B– 83–80 D– 63–60
C+ 79–77 E (fail) 59–0

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


15 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


One proctored computer-graded final exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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