A Global Perspective on Intellectual Life

Brigham Young University seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. The Aims of a BYU Education provides greater detail as to how “the intellectual range of a BYU education is the result of an ambitious commitment to pursue truth.” From an international perspective, the skills, breadth, and depth acquired through academics include a global perspective with regard to the restored gospel and other religious traditions, the development of human civilization, non-Western arts and letters, and “informed awareness of the peoples cultures, languages, and nations of the world.”

“become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people”

—Doctrine and Covenants 90:15

[Understand] “things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations. . . ; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms”

—Doctrine and Covenants 88:79