Why Linguistics Is Important for Editors
To understand how studying linguistics will be useful to you as an editor, make sure to review the slide presentations below.
Course Sequencing and Prerequisites
Either ELang 223 (preferred) or Ling 201 (allowed) is prerequisite for ELang 322 and ELang 325 BOTH ELang 322 and ELang 325 are prerequisites for ELang 350 and ELang 410R. Students must formally enroll in the editing program before they can enroll in ELang 350 and ELang 410R. ELang 350 and ELang 410R may be taken concurrently, but we recommend taking ELang 350 before 410R. DigHT 230 may be taken any semester prior to taking ELang 430R, but we recommend taking it shortly before taking ELang 430R unless you plan to regularly use the software programs taught in DigHT 230 during the interim. This sequence of courses can be completed in four semesters by taking ELang 223 (or Ling 201) the first semester, ELang 322 and ELang 325 the second semester, ELang 350 and ELang 410R in the third semester, DigHT 230 in one of semesters one through three, and ELang 430R the fourth semester.
One of the best ways to improve the editing skills that you learn in classes at BYU is to put those skills to work in an internship. We strongly encourage you to complete at least one editing internship during your college career (and to register for credit through ELang 399R, to have the class listed on your transcript). Many student editing jobs on campus are already set up to be internships, and there are also several local opportunities off campus, both part-time and full-time. While you are ultimately responsible for finding your own internship, Professor Nancy Turley, the internship coordinator (422-0352, firstname.lastname@example.org), can help you succeed in your experience. Requirements for the internships, instructions on how to get credit through ELang 399R, and listings for many internships can be found on the editing internship page.
Technology plays an important role in editing and publishing. You will learn a variety of software in your editing and publishing courses. To supplement your course instruction, consider investigating these additional resources:
- BYU Software Training: Free for full-time students, take short courses on Adobe products, setting up a website, podcasting, photography, and more.
- Kami: This app enables you to easily annotate PDFs.
- LinkedIn Learning: View extensive online instruction on Adobe products, Microsoft products, eBook publishing, indexing, layout and design, XML, website development, business-related topics, social media, copy writing, writing, and more.