English Language BA

English Language

English Language
BA
Hours51 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

It is strongly recommended that Ling 198, a 2-credit-hour course, be taken early in a student's major. This course is recommended to help English Language majors 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.
requirement 1 Complete 1 course
Complete the following prerequisite to all courses required for the English language major:
requirement 5 Complete 9.0 hours from the following option(s)
option 5.2 Complete up to 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
NOTE: Only one digital humanities and technology (DigHT) or linguistics computing (LingC) course can be used to fill this requirement.
requirement 6
Complete university course work (or the equivalent) to a 200-level or higher in any single foreign language, including American Sign Language. (This requirement varies for Spanish. See the Humanities College Advisement Center.) The language for this requirement may be the same language used to satisfy the GE Foreign Language option, but note that the GE Foreign Language option may require more coursework than this requirement from the English Language major. For non-native speakers of English, the university TOEFL requirement satisfies this requirement for the English Language major. A language relevant to the historical development of English is strongly recommended, namely Latin, French, German, or Classical Greek.

 

English Language BA

Statement of Purpose

The English Language major focuses on the detailed linguistic study of the English language as it occurs in actual use across communities and throughout history.  Graduates of the English Language major should be able to analyze the structure and use of the English language, which includes analyzing sounds, grammar, vocabulary, historical change, social and regional variation, register, standardization, and other social aspects.  From the major, students will gain detailed knowledge of the English language and language-based analytical skills.

Career Opportunities

The major will provide a valuable set of information as well as the development of underlying language-based analytical skills for students preparing to enter professions such as law, business, and medicine; for students preparing to be editors; for English and English as a Second Language teachers; and for those preparing to be linguists, philologists, and translators (where English is one of the languages involved).

Advisement

The following Linguistics and English Language faculty members serve as academic advisors for English Language students.  Consult the chart below to determine which faculty member is your advisor.

Last name Advisor Office location Office phone # E-mail address
A-G Don Chapman 4064B JFSB 422-8738 don_chapman@byu.edu
H-N Mark Davies 4059 JFSB 422-9168 mark_davies@byu.edu
O-T Cynthia Hallen 4073 JFSB 422-2020 cynthia_hallen@byu.edu
U-Z Dallin D. Oaks 4075 JFSB 422-6369 dallin_oaks@byu.edu

 

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Suggested Areas of Emphasis

Students may choose to follow one of the following suggested areas of emphasis.

Area of Emphasis

Recommended Courses

Historical English Linguistics (specific preparation for graduate studies in Historical English Linguistics, Philology) ELang 447: Early Modern English

ELang 448: Late Modern English

ELang 524: History of the Book

ELang 525: Old English

ELang 526: Middle English

Pre-professional Studies (specific preparation for professional studies such as law, business, and medicine)

 

ELang 447: Early Modern English

ELang 448: Late Modern English

ELang 524: History of the Book

ELang 529: Structure of Modern English

Ling 452: Intro to Sociolinguistics

TESOL (in conjunction with a TESOL minor) ELang 468: Varieties of English

ELang 529: Structure of Modern English

Ling 550: Sociolinguistics

DigHT 210: Humanities Technology:

Tools and Skills

English Language Studies (specific preparation for continued studies requiring advanced English language knowledge, including TESOL, Linguistics, English) English language period requirement

ELang 468: Varieties of English

ELang 529: Structure of Modern English

Ling 452: Intro to Sociolinguistics

Textual Analysis (specific preparation for studies in editing and textual criticism)

 

English language period requirement

ELang 524: History of the Book

ELang 468: Varieties of English

ELang 485: Corpus Linguistics

ELang 529: Structure of Modern English

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