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From: Carolyn Ybarra <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Genealogy Straw man - academic discipline
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 10:57:13 -0800
> Sharon wrote:
>> I lean towards making the G-word a scientific academic discipline, but
>> have also received inquiries about "art vs science", including whether
>> we are talking about an MA or an MS as a goal in post graduate
> I understand your thinking and yet in my experience there is so much
> more to the academic study of family history than the science. Science
> is reductionist and by its nature tends to eliminate the humanistic.
> In science, if it is not duplicable in the lab it is
> The nature of family life, which includes religion, the natural
> world, economics, war, and migration to name a few overarching
> factors, means that a qualitative approach is as necessary as the
I agree with Kathy, a degree in Genealogy should most logically be an
MA. It has the most in common with History, Sociology, and
Anthropology - it is more a social science than a hard science. In
social sciences you earn an Arts degree, not a Science degree. This is
true, for example, in anthropology even if you focus on archaeology or
physical/biological anthropology, which have much hard science in
methods and technique. Genealogy, even with DNA and so on, is
primarily a social science.
Once the course of study was laid out, this would be obvious to the
powers-that-be at any university, who would be the ones to decide this
in any case.
Besides, the white hood is so much more flattering than the
p.s. sign me up to teach also...
Carolyn Ybarra, Ph.D
Family Research Services
1017 El Camino Real #332
Redwood City, CA 94063
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