English

English
BA
Hours49 - 66 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Requirement 1 Complete 1 Option
GE Foreign Language option:
Students must complete the GE Foreign Language culminating course, even if an Advanced Mathematics option has already been completed. If a student has no prior foreign language experience, it will take four semesters to complete the culminating course. Check the University Core requirements for courses approved as the culminating course.
Option 1.1 Complete 1 Course
BULGN 202 - (Not currently offered)
CZECH 202 - (Not currently offered)
DUTCH 202 - (Not currently offered)
FLANG 330R - (Not currently offered)
HEB 431 - (Not currently offered)
HUNG 202 - (Not currently offered)
PORT 315 - (Not currently offered)
SPAN 202 - (Not currently offered)
SRBCR 202 - (Not currently offered)
SRBCR 330 - (Not currently offered)
UKRAI 202 - (Not currently offered)
If the language you completed is not listed, please contact the Humanities Advisement Center.
The English Department requires a minimum of 21 hours of English major course work to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
Because upper-division English courses require substantial writing, students should complete Engl 295 before beginning their first upper-division courses, preferably in the second semester of their sophomore year.
No more than 3 hours of any one R course may apply toward the hours required for the major.
It is strongly recommended that StDev 317, a 1-credit-hour course, be taken at the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. Because liberal arts degrees provide preparation in a variety of useful fields rather than a single career track, this course is recommended to help liberal arts students focus on specific educational and occupational goals and to identify the career options or educational opportunities available to them. The course will introduce them to the resources needed for accessing information about graduate schools, internships, careers, and career development. Students will learn basic employment strategies, including the steps necessary for obtaining employment related to their own specialty.
Requirement 2 Complete 4 Options
Core courses:
A. Students are strongly encouraged to take a freshman college-level writing course, regardless of their AP test scores (Wrtg 150).
Option 2.1 Complete 2 Courses
B. Academic and Career Preparation:
Option 2.2 Complete 1 Course
C. Fundamentals of language and literature. Note: Students must complete Engl 251 before or concurrently with the Literary History requirements (Engl 291, 292, 293, 294).
Option 2.3 Complete 1 Group
D. British and American literary history. Note: Students must complete the literary history course in a period before taking any 300-level courses in that period.
Option 2.4 Complete 1 Course
E. NOTE: Students must complete Engl 295 before taking most 300- and 400-level courses for majors.
Requirement 3 Complete 1 Course
Major authors courses:
Requirement 4 Complete 3 Options
Requirement 7 Complete 1 Option
Complete one English + course, or an equivalent course (contact the Humanities Career and Advisement Center for more information):
Option 7.1 Complete 1 Course
Note: If Engl 399R is taken, 3 credit hours are required.
Requirement 8 Complete 1 Course
Note: Students must complete a major author course (Engl 381, 382, 383, or 384R) before taking Engl 495. Students will take this course their senior year.
Requirement 9 Complete 6.0 hours from the following Options
Electives:
Complete 6 elective hours from any 300- or 400-level English courses except English education courses (Engl 329, 377, 378, 379, 423, 479). (Double counting of courses used to fill previous requirements is not allowed):
Option 9.1 Complete up to 6.0 hours from the following Courses
Option 9.2 Complete up to 3.0 hours from the following Courses
Option 9.3 Complete up to 3.0 hours from the following Courses
Only one of the following English Advanced Written and Oral Communications courses can count as an English elective:
Option 9.4 Complete up to 3.0 hours from the following Courses
Only one of the following English language courses:
Program Outcomes

Interpretive and Communicative Skills

English graduates employ critical reading strategies, disciplinary writing expertise, and sophisticated analytical skills in their written and oral communication. They translate these skills and narrate the value of these skills in professional environments.

  • Reading: Students become confident readers who appreciate complexity and ambiguity, and who can articulate their own interpretations with an awareness and curiosity for other perspectives.
  • Writing: Students determine the appropriate rhetorical strategies for a variety of professional and social situations and execute them effectively with clarity and style. They practice writing as a process of motivated inquiry, engaging other writers' ideas as they explore and develop an awareness of and confidence in their own voices and arguments.
  • Analysis: Students identify topics and formulate questions for productive inquiry; they will identify appropriate methods in their research, critically evaluate critically their sources, and develop persuasive, independent arguments, citing all sources professionally.
  • Application: Students apply the core skills of the humanistic tradition, including critical inquiry, scholarly research, communication, and creativity to their future vocations and avocations.

Interpretive and Communicative Skills

English graduates employ critical reading strategies, disciplinary writing expertise, and sophisticated analytical skills in their written and oral communication. They translate these skills to professional environments and narrate the value of these skills to prospective employers.

  • Reading: Students become confident readers who appreciate complexity and ambiguity, and who can articulate their own interpretations with an awareness and curiosity for other perspectives.
  • Writing: Students determine the appropriate rhetorical strategies for a variety of professional and social situations and execute them effectively with clarity and style. They practice writing as a process of motivated inquiry, engaging other writers' ideas as they explore and develop an awareness of and confidence in their own voices and arguments.
  • Analysis: Students identify topics and formulate questions for productive inquiry; they will identify appropriate methods in their research, critically evaluate critically their sources, and develop persuasive, independent arguments, citing all sources professionally.
  • Application: Students apply the core skills of the humanistic tradition, including critical inquiry, scholarly research, communication, and creativity to their future vocations and avocations.

Interpretive and Communicative Contexts

English graduates know how to trace the development of literary traditions, investigate authors, and differentiate genres, and they know how to discuss disciplinary methodologies and scholarly conversations. They use these contexts to frame their written, oral, and visual work.

  • Literary Traditions: Students become familiar with the major traditions of literatures written in English and appreciate the diversity of literary and social voices within these traditions. They develop the ability to read texts in relation to their historical and cultural contexts to gain a richer understanding of themselves as situated historically and culturally.
  • Sense of Genre: Students appreciate how the formal elements of language and genre shape meaning. They recognize how writers employ or subvert generic expectations. And they develop facility in employing appropriate genres for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Critical Methodologies and Conversations: Students explore critical conversations and methodologies, they develop awareness concerning how their own approach relates to various critical and theoretical approaches, and they express their own ideas in dialogue with a larger community of interpreters.

Interpretive and Communicative Applications

English graduates will translate the skills of the humanistic tradition, including critical inquiry, scholarly research, communication, and creativity, to professional environments and narrate the value of these skills to prospective employers.

Interpretive and Communicative Ethics

English graduates embrace literature and writing as sources of wisdom, spiritual insight, and aesthetic pleasure; as mediums for encountering and reflecting upon the diversity of human experience; and as guides for building relation and discerning value.

  • Relation: Students demonstrate skills needed to participate in conversations that build knowledge collaboratively; they learn to listen carefully and respectfully to others' viewpoints and situate their own ideas in relation to other voices and ideas appropriately, professionally, and generously. Students prepare, organize, and deliver engaging oral presentations.
  • Value: As students prepare for a life of learning as readers and writers, they develop a passion for literature and language. They appreciate literature's ability to elicit feeling, cultivate the imagination, and enhance our humanity. They cultivate their capacity to discern the aesthetic and ethical values of literary texts. They respond to the expressive use of language as a fundamental and sustaining human activity.