English and Humanities


Department Chair

Academic Advisor


  • 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. (1981-2002)
  • Elkington, Barbara Jo (1963-2001)
  • Goodwill, Sanoma (1994-2017)
  • Marler, Michael G. (1978-2012)
  • Marler, Myrna D. (1995-2012)
  • Walker, James R. (1978-2004)
  • Ward, Gale L. (1975-2008)
  • Ward, Kathleen (1984-2006)

Programs 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.

Programs 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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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.