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English and Humanities


Faculty


Department Chair

Advisor

Professors

  • Allred, Randal, English (1993) B.A. 1981, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1983, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 1993 University of California at Los Angeles.
  • Han, Hsiao Ming (Sherman), English (1980) B.A. 1973, Tamkang University; M.A. 1974, Central Missouri State University; Ph.D. 1980, Brigham Young University.
  • Hancock, Stephen, English (2003) B.A. 1996, Arizona State University; M.A. 1999, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2003, Purdue University.
  • McArthur, Phillip H., Humanities (1995) B.A. 1987, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1989, Indiana University; Ph.D. 1995, Indiana University.
  • Richardson, Timothy W., Spanish, Chinese (2001) B.A. 1975, Brigham Young University; M.P.A. 1977, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1987, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 1998, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Williams, Ned B., English (1981) B.A. 1972, University of Idaho; M.A. 1976, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 1982, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Associate Professors

  • Beus, David, Humanities (2000) B.A. 1989, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1994, University of North Carolina; Ph.D. 2002, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Christiansen, AnnaMarie, English (2003) B.A. 1992, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.A. 1996, University of Hawaii; D.A. 2003, Idaho State University.
  • Peterson, Keith S., English (1987) B.A. 1985, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1987, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 1995, Texas Christian University.
  • Plicka, Joseph, English (1987) B.A. 2002, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2006, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2011, Ohio University.
  • Patrick, Patricia, English (2007) B.A. 1983, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1989, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2007, University of North  Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Phung, Ban, English (2008) B.S. 1998, Arizona State University; M.A. 1999, Arizona University; Ph.D. 2006, Arizona State University.

Assistant Professor

  • Kajiyama, Katsuhiro, Japanese (1969) B.A. 1967, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1969, Brigham Young University.

Affiliated Faculty Members

  • Beus, Yifen, Humanities (2000) B.A. 1987, National Chengchi University; M.A. 1989, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2000, Indiana University.
  • Sharp, Dan, Greek, Humanities (2011) B.A. 1998, Brigham Young University; B.A. 2005, Utah Valley State College; M.A. 2007, Claremont School of Theology; Ph.D. 2012, Claremont Graduate University.
  • Tueller, James B., Spanish (1997) B.A. 1989, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1991, Columbia University; M.Phil. 1993, Columbia University; Ph.D. 1997, Columbia University.

Special Instructors

  • Bradshaw, Emily, English (2007) B.A. 1999, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2002, Indiana University.
  • Bybee, Juanita, French, B.A. 2004, Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
  • Lee, Keri, American Sign Language, (2008) B.S.E. 2005, University of Arizona.
  • McArthur, Elaine, Spanish, (1995) B.A. 1987, Brigham Young University; Post Graduate Certificate, Applied Linguistics, 1991, Indiana University.
  • Naihe, Megan, English (2013) B.A. 2003, Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
  • Patrick, Scott, English (2012) B.A. 1988, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1991, Brigham Young University.
  • Payne, Zachary, Spanish, B.A. University of Utah; M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa; Ph.D 2015, Complutense University-Madrid.
  • Plicka, Emily, English (2012) B.A. 2002, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2014, Ohio University.
  • Robertson, Stephanie, English (2009) B.A. 2006, Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
  • Sharp, Carolyn, English (2013) B.A. 2005, California State University Dominguez Hills; M.A. 2008, California State Polytechnic University.
  • Spring, Colleen, Humanities, (1993) B.A. 1982, Brigham Young University.
  • Tovey, Shirley, French, (2004) B.A. 2001, Brigham Young University–Hawaii.
  • Wolstein, Ashley, English (2014) B.A. 2006, Eastern Michigan University; M.Ed. 2012, University of Hawaii; M.A. 2012, Bowling Green State University.

Emeritus Faculty

  • Baker, Margaret P. (1981)
  • Elkington, Barbara Jo (1963)
  • Ferre, Craig (1980)
  • Goodwill, Sanoma (1994)
  • Marler, Michael G. (1978)
  • Marler, Myrna D. (1995)
  • Shumway, Eric B. (1966)
  • Walker, James R. (1978)
  • Ward, Gale L. (1975)
  • Ward, Kathy (1984)

Program Descriptions


English Major

The English major provides a detailed knowledge of the English language and of literature written in English. English majors approach language and literature as a source of knowledge and aesthetic pleasure, a mode of encountering and evaluating diverse minds and attitudes, a vehicle for art and action, a means of historical understanding, and a source of spiritual insight. English majors use writing as their primary means of knowing, understanding, and evaluating their experience and their reading and of sharing their insight with others. In keeping with the long-standing ideals of a liberal arts education, the English Department aims to cultivate in its students those foundational skills in writing, awareness, and judgment upon which lives of wisdom, service, and an ever-increasing love for learning might be built.

 

Integrated Humanities Major

Human values and beliefs are often reflected through various forms of expression, such as literature, philosophy, and the arts. The study of integrated humanities allows exploration of the various modes/forms of human expression in the Western as well as non-Western cultures. Our goal is to develop critical and analytical thinking about human civilization through a close examination of its cultural histories and expressive art forms, with an increased focus on cultivating the art of seeing, listening, and reading in more purposeful, attentive, informed, and nuanced ways. By studying these cultural products in a world context, we will gain a fuller understanding of the shared human experience coupled with a genuine appreciation for the diverse creative accomplishments of the world's people. 

The study of Integrated Humanities will provide students with a way to productively approach world cultures through their arts, music, literatures, film, folklore, history, theatre, philosophies, and aesthetics. While being introduced to new ideas, students will also have the opportunity to explore and survey critical theories and apply them in analyzing and interpreting creative works from different cultures and time periods.

Career Opportunities


English majors are prepared for any career that requires perceptive reading, orderly and clear thinking, intellectual maturity, and effective writing. Many career opportunities for English majors exist in teaching, professional writing and editing, law, business, advertising, communications, human resources, corporate training, or government service. English majors can certify to teach secondary-school English, or they can prepare for graduate study in English and college teaching. When combined with prerequisite courses in other departments, the English major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in law, business, library science, medicine, humanities, or religion. By selecting areas of concentration, some English majors prepare for careers in technical and professional communication, editing, creative writing, and related fields. By supplementing their English major with computer classes, some find work in information technology. The skills and knowledge acquired by an English major also provide good preparation for government service, especially when combined with the study of foreign languages, economics, political science, and history.

Program Outcomes


Upon completing a major in English, students will:

  1. Comprehend and reflect upon the value and richness of literary texts for the expansion of the intellect, for the testing of new knowledge, and for affirming the values of literature as literature.
  2. Learn about and engage in informed discourse and debate about selected works of literature, criticism, and theory.
  3. Find, analyze, evaluate, and assimilate new information related to the field of English studies.
  4. Compose, revise, critique, and refine persuasive critical papers in edited English.
  5. Work effectively with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
  6. Express themselves in a clear, concise, and convincing manner in public and professional settings.
  7. Understand, organize, integrate, and document successfully data from primary and secondary sources.

 

Upon completing a major in Integrated Humanities, students will:

  1. Acquire a meaningful degree of cultural literacy they can employ effectively in everyday life.
  2. Become astute observers, interpreters and critical thinkers.
  3. Integrate a range of critical perspectives on a variety of diverse cultural expressions.
  4. Understand and manage cultural differences.
  5. Be prepared to enter graduate school and the workplace.
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Admission to All Programs

All undergraduate degree programs in the Department of English are open enrollment.
 

Major and Minor Requirements

 

B.A. English (41 hours)

Core Requirements (8 hours)
  • ENGL 251 Fundamentals of Literature (3) (Pre-requisite for all English major courses except the "R" courses and ENGL 420)
  • ENGL 382 Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 490 Senior Seminar (2)
Additional Requirements (33 hours)
Electives - Choose Two (6 Hours)
  • ENGL 318R Advanced Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 351 Literary Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ENGL 358R Special Studies: Major Authors or Genres (Course Content Varies) (3)
  • ENGL 390R Special Topics in English (3)
  • ENGL 418R Writing for Publication (3)
  • ENGL 420 Literature for Young Adults (3)
World Literatures in English - Choose One (3 Hours)
  • ENGL 341 World Literatures in English (3)
  • ENGL 342 Pacific Literature (3)
  • ENGL 343 Asian Literature (3)
  • ENGL 345R Ethnic Literature (Course Content Varies) (3)
English Language - Choose One (3 Hours)
  • ENGL 321 English Grammars (3)
  • ENGL 421 History of the English Language (3)
English and American Literary Periods - Choose Seven (21 hours)
  • ENGL 361 American Literature from the Beginnings to Mid-nineteenth Century (3)
  • ENGL 362 American Literature from Mid-nineteenth Century to World War I (3)
  • ENGL 363 American Literature from 1914-1965 (3)
  • ENGL 364 American Literature from 1965-Present (3)
  • ENGL 371 English Literature to 1500: The Medieval Period (3)
  • ENGL 372 English Literature from 1500 to 1660: The Renaissance Period (3)
  • ENGL 373 English Literature from 1660 to 1780: The Restoration and Eighteenth Century (3)
  • ENGL 374 English Literature from 1780 to 1832: The Romantic Period (3)
  • ENGL 375 English Literature from 1832 to 1890: The Victorian Period (3)
  • ENGL 376 English Literature from 1890 to the Present (3)
Foreign Language Requirement

English majors are required to complete the Second Language Track for GE, which means successful completion of a 201-level foreign language course.

Note: English majors must earn the grade of C- or above for all classes chosen to fill requirements for the major.


B.A. English Education (74 Hours)

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B.A. Integrated Humanities (39 Hours)

Core Requirements (18 hours)

  • HUM 151 Art of Seeing & Listening: Cross-Cultural Themes (3)
  • HUM 251 Art of Reading: Global Texts and Contexts (3)
  • HUM 420 Studies in Themes and Genres (3)
  • HUM 440 Studies in Texts and Contexts (3)
  • HUM 442 Philosophy of Art (3)
  • HUM 490 Senior Capstone (3)

Area Studies Electives: Take Two (6 hours)

  • HUM 301 Cultures of Oceania (3)
  • HUM 302 Cultures of Asia (3)
  • HUM 303 Cultures of Europe (3)
  • HUM 304 Topics in Area Studies (3)

Humanities or Language Concentration (minimum 15 hours)

Option 1 - Humanities Electives: Take 5 courses from at least 2 of the following disciplines. At least 3 courses must be 300 level or above.

  • ART 196, 296, 306
  • ANTH 391, 445
  • ENGL 341-382
  • FILM 102, 300, 365R
  • HIST 250, 252, 3XX, 423
  • MUSC 101, 102, 384, 385, 386
  • THEA 115, 123, 224

Option 2 - Advanced Language Study: Choose to complete a literary language minor offered on campus (Spanish, Chinese, Japanese)

Option 3 - Foundational Language Study: Choose 15 hours of language study from a combination of any of the following languages or levels offered on our campus not yet explored or acquired: CHIN, FREN, JPN, HAWN, MAOR, SAMN, SPAN, TONG, WLNG

All language courses must be letter graded, and no credits through language testing may be counted toward the major requirements. No grades lower than C- will be accepted. A student must leave the major after failing to obtain at least a C- grade for the same major course after taking it twice, and no major courses may be repeated more than once.


Creative Writing Minor (15 hours)

  • ENGL 218R Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 318R Advanced Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 319 Form and Craft of Literary Genres (3)
  • ENGL 392 Intro to Literary Editing and Publishing/Kula Manu (3)
  • ENGL 418R Writing for Publication (3)

NOTES:

  1. Students must earn the grade of C- or better for all classes taken in the program required of creative writing minors.

English Minor (15 hours)

  • ENGL 251 Fundamentals of Literature (3)
Choose Four (12 Hours)
  • ENGL 321 English Grammars (3)
  • ENGL 341 World Literatures in English (3)
  • ENGL 342 Pacific Literatures (3)
  • ENGL 343 Asian Literature (3)
  • ENGL 345R Ethnic Literature (3)
  • ENGL 351 Literary Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ENGL 358R Special Studies: Major Authors or Genres (3)
  • ENGL 361 American Literature from the Beginnings to Mid-nineteenth Century (3)
  • ENGL 362 American Literature from Mid-nineteenth Century to World War I(3)
  • ENGL 363 American Literature from 1914-1965 (3)
  • ENGL 364 American Literature from 1965-Present (3)
  • ENGL 371 English Literature to 1500: The Medieval Period (3)
  • ENGL 372 English Literature from 1500 to 1660: The Renaissance Period (3)
  • ENGL 373 English Literature from 1660 to 1780: The Restoration and Eighteenth Century (3)
  • ENGL 374 English Literature from 1780 to 1832: The Romantic Period (3)
  • ENGL 375 English Literature from 1832 to 1890: The Victorian Period (3)
  • ENGL 376 English Literature from 1890 to the Present (3)
  • ENGL 382 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 420 Literature for Young Adults (3)
  • ENGL 421 History of English Language (3)

Foundational Language Study Minor (15-16 hours)

Take a combination of four language courses offered on campus (15-16 hours)

One of them must be at least 202 or higher

  • LANG 202 or higher (3-4)
  • LANG ____ Any language course* (3-4)
  • LANG ____ Any language course* (3-4)
  • LANG ____ Any language course* (3-4)

*Languages include: ASL, CHIN, FREN, JPN, MAOR, SAMN, SPAN, TONG, WLNG.

**No credits through testing may be counted toward the requirements.


Integrated Humanities Minor (15 hours)

Core Requirements (6 hours)

  • HUM 151 Art of Seeing & Listening: Cross-Cultural Themes (3)
  • HUM 251 Art of Reading: Global Texts and Contexts (3)

Area Studies: Take One (3 hours)

  • HUM 301 Cultures of Oceania (3)
  • HUM 302 Cultures of Asia (3)
  • HUM 303 Cultures of Europe (3)
  • HUM 304 Topics in Area Studies (3)

Humanities Electives: Take Two (6 hours)

Only up to one can be 301, 302, 303 or 304 but cannot be the same as the other area studies course already taken. 

  • HUM 301 Cultures of Oceania (3)
  • HUM 302 Cultures of Asia (3)
  • HUM 303 Cultures of Europe (3)
  • HUM 304 Topics in Area Studies (3)
  • HUM 420 Studies in Themes and Genres (3)
  • HUM 440 Studies in Texts and Contexts (3)
  • HUM 442 Philosophy of Art (3)

Professional Writing Minor (17 hours)

Required Courses (14 credits)

  • ENGL 316 Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 330 Writing for the Professions (3)
  • ENGL 331 Professional Career Writing (3)
  • ENGL 332 Writing for Social Media (3)
  • ENGL 491 Professional Writing Practicum (2)

Electives (3 credits)

  • COMM 201 Introduction to Strategic Communication (3)
  • COMM 211 Media Writing (3)
  • COMM 313 Cross-Platform Media Writing (3)
  • BUSM 320 Business Communication (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • POSC 354 Legal Research and Writing (3)

 NOTES:

  1. Students must earn the grade of C- or better for all classes taken in the program required of professional writing minors.

World Language Minors (15 hours)

Note: No grade lower than C- is allowed within the minor.

The study of a world language is a unique educational experience. Since every human being uses language to communicate, and since language is a fundamental means of expression and inter-cultural communication, it is by means of this basic skill that students can participate in the life of another people and share their culture, their traditions, and their literature, oral or written. Through the study of a world language, students also come to learn their own language better.

The Department of Cultures and Languages offers instruction in the following languages: American Sign Language, Chinese, Hawaiian, French, Japanese, Maori, Samoan, Spanish and Tongan.

Note: BYUH language courses are designed for second language learners, and thus first or native language speakers are not eligible to take courses offered on BYUH campus.

Japanese Minor (17 hours)

  • JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese Conversation and Grammar (4)
  • JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II (4)
  • JPN 301 Introduction to Japanese Literature (3)
  • JPN 311 Advanced Intensive Conversation (3)
  • JPN 321 Selected Reading and Grammar (3)

Chinese Minor (17 hours)

  • CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese (4)
  • CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II (4)
  • CHIN 301 Introduction to Chinese Literature (3)
  • CHIN 311 Advanced Chinese Conversation (3)
  • CHIN 441 Classic Chinese Literature (3)

Spanish Minor (15 hours)

Track A (Students with International and/or Mission Experience)

Required Courses: (6 hours)

  • *SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Grammar (3)
  • SPAN 321 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)

Elective Courses—Select Three (9 hours):

  • SPAN 393 Business Spanish (3)
  • SPAN 441 Survey of Spanish Literature (3)
  • SPAN 445R Special Studies in Spanish (1-6)
  • SPAN 451 Survey of Latin-American Literature (3)

Note: *May be completed through examination

Track B (Students without International and/or Mission Experience)

Required Courses (9 hours):

  • SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Grammar (3)
  • SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (3)
  • SPAN 321 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)

Elective Courses—Select Two (6 hours):

  • SPAN 393 Business Spanish (3)
  • SPAN 441 Survey of Spanish Literature (3)
  • SPAN 445R Special Studies in Spanish (1-6)
  • SPAN 451 Survey of Latin-American Literature (3)

Note: One elective must be either SPAN 441 or SPAN 451.


Intermediate American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Certificate

List of Requirements (15 hours):

  • ASL 101 Elementary American Sign Language Conversation I (4)
  • ASL 102 Elementary American Sign Language  Conversation II (4)
  • ASL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language Conversation I (3)
  • ASL 202 Intermediate American Sign Language Conversation II (3)

Certification of Language Proficiency by Examination

Students speaking a second or third-world language may receive credit by special examination for that language in which he or she has achieved the equivalent proficiency, either through missionary service, residence abroad, individual study, or courses for which no university credit was granted. Students meeting the latter criteria and wishing to receive proficiency credit for a second language to fulfill the GE requirement may see the World Languages Coordinator in McKay Faculty Building 207.