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BA in English
(48–65 hours*)


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  1. Students must complete the GE Foreign Language option even if the Advanced Mathematics option has already been completed.
  2. The English Department requires a minimum of 21 hours of English major course work to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  3. Engl 195 is recommended.
  4. Because upper-division English courses require substantial writing, students should complete their Engl 295 before they begin their first upper-division courses, preferably in the second semester of their sophomore year.
  5. No more than three hours of any one R course may apply toward the hours required for the major.
  6. Complete the following core requirements:
    • Students are strongly encouraged to take a freshman college-level writing course, regardless of their AP test scores (Wrtg 150 or Phil 150).
    • Fundamentals of language and literature: complete the following:
        ENGL 251 : Introduction to English Studies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 251 : Introduction to English Studies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the discipline of English studies, including the fundamental concepts and practice of literary analysis and critical theory.
        NOTE: Engl 251 fulfills the GE Letters requirement only for English majors and minors. Other students will not receive GE Letters credit for this course.

        Course Outcomes


        Note: Students must complete Engl 251 before or concurrently with the Literary History requirements (Engl 291, 292, 293, 294).

    • British and American literary history:
          Either
        ENGL 291 : British Literary History 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 291 : British Literary History 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in early English literature as illustrated through representative texts.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 292 : British Literary History 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 292 : British Literary History 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in later English literature as illustrated through representative texts.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 293 : American Literary History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 293 : American Literary History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in American literature as illustrated through representative texts.

        Course Outcomes


          Or
        ENGL 291 : British Literary History 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 291 : British Literary History 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in early English literature as illustrated through representative texts.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 294 : Transatlantic Literary History. (6:6:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 294 : Transatlantic Literary History. (6:6:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: This course explores British and American literary history from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries by studying key figures, movements, genres, events, themes, and ideas through the lens of transatlantic literary exchange.

        Course Outcomes


        Note: Students must complete the literary history course in a period before taking any 300-level courses in that period.

    • Complete the following core course:
        ENGL 295 : Writing Literary Criticism. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 295 : Writing Literary Criticism. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: English major status.
        DESCRIPTION: How to address an academic audience, support arguments, and engage effectively in critical conversations about literature.

        Course Outcomes


        Note: Students must complete Engl 295 before taking most 300- and 400-level courses for majors.

  7. Complete one major authors course from the following:
  8. Complete one course from each of the following three areas:
    • Literature before 1800:
        ENGL 360 : American Literature to 1800. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 360 : American Literature to 1800. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from the colonial and early national periods.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 371 : British Literature to 1500: The Medieval Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 371 : British Literature to 1500: The Medieval Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 291 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Principal works, mainly in translation, from Britain's medieval period.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 372 : British Literature 1500 - 1603: The Early Renaissance. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 372 : British Literature 1500 - 1603: The Early Renaissance. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall Contact Department; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 291 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Drama, poetry, and prose of the early Renaissance.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 373 : British Literature 1660 - 1789: The Enlightenment. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 373 : British Literature 1660 - 1789: The Enlightenment. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 291 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Poetry, prose, and drama of the Restoration and eighteenth century.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 385 : British Literature 1603 - 1660: The Late Renaissance. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 385 : British Literature 1603 - 1660: The Late Renaissance. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter Contact Department; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 291 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Drama, poetry, and prose of the late Renaissance.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 390R : Transnational/Transatlantic Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 390R : Transnational/Transatlantic Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 295; Engl 291; either Engl 292 & 293, or Engl 294.
        DESCRIPTION: Period-specific courses using transnational models for literary analysis. Read selected texts in a transatlantic context and in the light of applicable theoretical approaches. Identify and locate appropriate research sources for the study of transatlantic literatures. Incorporate these sources into a research paper and other possible assignments. Produce polished writing free from distracting errors and in accordance with MLA formatting and citation guidelines.

        Course Outcomes


          (with pre-1800 focus)
    • Literature from 1800-1900:
        ENGL 361 : American Literature 1800 - 1865. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 361 : American Literature 1800 - 1865. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from 1800 to 1865.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 362 : American Literature 1865 - 1914. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 362 : American Literature 1865 - 1914. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from 1865 to 1914.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 374 : British Literature 1789 - 1832: The Romantic Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 374 : British Literature 1789 - 1832: The Romantic Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 292 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Poetry, prose, and drama from Britain's Romantic period.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 375 : British Literature 1832-1900: The Victorian Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 375 : British Literature 1832-1900: The Victorian Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 292 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Poetry, prose, and drama from Britain's Victorian period.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 390R : Transnational/Transatlantic Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 390R : Transnational/Transatlantic Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 295; Engl 291; either Engl 292 & 293, or Engl 294.
        DESCRIPTION: Period-specific courses using transnational models for literary analysis. Read selected texts in a transatlantic context and in the light of applicable theoretical approaches. Identify and locate appropriate research sources for the study of transatlantic literatures. Incorporate these sources into a research paper and other possible assignments. Produce polished writing free from distracting errors and in accordance with MLA formatting and citation guidelines.

        Course Outcomes


          (with 1800-1900 focus)
    • Literature from 1900-present:
        ENGL 363 : American Literature 1914 - 1960. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 363 : American Literature 1914 - 1960. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from 1914 to 1960.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 365 : American Literature 1960 to Present. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 365 : American Literature 1960 to Present. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 293 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from 1960 to the present.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 376 : British Literature 1900 - 1950: The Modern Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 376 : British Literature 1900 - 1950: The Modern Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 292 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Poetry, prose, and drama from Britain's modernist period.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 380 : British Literature 1950 - Present: The Contemporary Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 380 : British Literature 1950 - Present: The Contemporary Period. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 292 & ENGL 295; or ENGL 251 & ENGL 294 & ENGL 295
        DESCRIPTION: Poetry, prose, and drama from Britain and the Commonwealth since 1950.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 390R : Transnational/Transatlantic Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 390R : Transnational/Transatlantic Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 295; Engl 291; either Engl 292 & 293, or Engl 294.
        DESCRIPTION: Period-specific courses using transnational models for literary analysis. Read selected texts in a transatlantic context and in the light of applicable theoretical approaches. Identify and locate appropriate research sources for the study of transatlantic literatures. Incorporate these sources into a research paper and other possible assignments. Produce polished writing free from distracting errors and in accordance with MLA formatting and citation guidelines.

        Course Outcomes


          (with post-1900 focus)

  9. Rhetoric and Theory: complete one course from the following:
  10. Diverse Traditions and Methods: complete one course from the following:

  11. Complete the following:
      ENGL 495 : The Senior Course. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 495 : The Senior Course. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 382; or ENGL 383; or ENGL 384R; senior status.
      DESCRIPTION: In-depth study of a limited area of literature, language, or criticism. Content varies; requires research and writing.
      NOTE: Engl 381 is also a valid prerequisite choice. See the Humanities Advisement Center to obtain a permission-to-add code.

      Course Outcomes


    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.

  12. Complete 9 elective hours from any 300- or 400-level English courses, except:
    • English education courses (Engl 329, 377, 378, 379, 423, 479).
    • Engl 399R.

    The following may also be counted toward the elective hours:

    • The following course:
    • Only one of the following English Advanced Written and Oral Communications courses can count as an English elective.
        ENGL 310 : Writing and Tutoring. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 310 : Writing and Tutoring. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: WRTG 150
        DESCRIPTION: Instruction in advanced writing and peer tutoring. Students will learn to design and present ideas to be successfully understood by specified audiences; write coherent and unified texts; use various methods of invention, organization, and style; utilize the library and electronic resources; evaluate and comment on the writing of others. Students will learn to understand not only their own writing process but help tutees do the same; communicate orally in class and in one-on-one conferences; master composition and peer tutoring theory and practice.

        Course Outcomes
                 
        : Honors Writing and Tutoring.
        Course Outcomes



        ENGL 311 : Writing About the Arts and Humanities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 311 : Writing About the Arts and Humanities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Honors also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: First-year writing, junior or senior status.
        DESCRIPTION: Writing for both academic and mass audiences about the functions, meanings, values, and qualities of art and the humanities. Library research paper.
        NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 312 : Persuasive Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 312 : Persuasive Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Honors also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: First-year writing, junior or senior status.
        DESCRIPTION: Expository and persuasive writing focusing on practical reasons for evaluating audiences, generating and structuring an argument, and making stylistic decisions. Library research paper.
        NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 313 : Expository Writing for Elementary Education Majors. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 313 : Expository Writing for Elementary Education Majors. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: First-year writing, junior or senior status.
        DESCRIPTION: Learning to write as professional educators and to teach writing to children. Best taken before the professional sequence. Library research paper.
        NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 315 : Writing in the Social Sciences. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 315 : Writing in the Social Sciences. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Honors also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: First-year writing, junior or senior status.
        DESCRIPTION: Writing characteristic of disciplines that inquire into human behavior and institutions; correspondence, proposals, library paper, empirical research, and reviews.
        NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 316 : Technical Communication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 316 : Technical Communication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Honors also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: First-year writing, junior or senior status.
        DESCRIPTION: Effective processes of written, oral, and visual technical communication, including collaborative processes. Writing for academic and professional audiences.
        NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

        Course Outcomes


    • Only one of the following English language courses:

Note 1: Some English majors choose to minor in editing, which is offered by the Department of Linguistics and English Language.

Note 2: Some English majors choose to focus on special areas of concentration within the major itself, such as:

Creative Writing

    Engl 218R, 317R, 318R, 319R, 320R, 419R, 518R.

Folklore, Ethnic, and Regional Literature

    Engl 356, 358R, 364, 367R, 368, 391, 392, 393R, 397R.

Rhetoric and Academic Writing

    Engl 322, 324, 325, 326, 327R, 328R, 330.

Preparation for Graduate Studies in English

    Engl 451 or 452.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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