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Undergraduate Student FAQ

  • All majors and minors except the Editing and Publishing major and the Editing minor are open enrollment and can be added directly through the Liberal Arts Advisement Center (1041 JFSB). If you are changing your major, you can do so through the “Change Major Request” link at mymap.byu.edu. The Liberal Arts Advisement Center can be reached over YMessage or at liberalarts@byu.edu.

    The Editing and Publishing major and Editing minor require you to fill out an application: ling.byu.edu/editing-application. When you complete it, email the receipt to your faculty advisor (explained in the application) and schedule a meeting with her/him. After meeting with the faculty advisor, you will be able to add the major or minor.

  • English Language students study many of the same research areas as linguistics students, but they focus specifically on their applications to English. Required courses include phonetics and phonology, semantics and pragmatics, English grammar and usage, linguistic research methods, and coursework on the historical development of English. The major is a strong choice for students pursuing pre-professional studies for language-heavy careers (such as law and business), for students preparing for graduate studies in historical English linguistics/philology or English textual criticism, or for English teachers (coupled with a TESOL minor).

  • Check out this page for ideas!

  • Every student in one of our majors is assigned a faculty advisor, who is there to answer your questions and guide you through your degree. Prospective editing majors and minors are also required to meet with their faculty advisor before being accepted into the program. Faculty advisors are assigned based on last name. To find your advisor and her/his contact information, go to the page for your specific major/minor under the “Programs” tab.

  • You may appeal to substitute a course that is not part of your major or minor for a required course—for instance, if circumstances would prevent you from graduating on schedule otherwise. To do so, fill out a course substitution request form here (or see the Resources tab) and schedule an appointment with the coordinator of the major or minor (not your faculty advisor):

    Linguistics major or minor: Dr. Janis Nuckolls, janis_nuckolls@byu.edu
    English Language major: Dr. Alan Manning, alan_manning@byu.edu
    Editing major or minor: Dr. Jacob Rawlins, jacob_rawlins@byu.edu
    Linguistic Computing minor: Dr. Earl Brown, earl_brown@byu.edu
    TESOL minor: Dr. Mark Tanner, mark_tanner@byu.edu

    If the substitution is approved by the coordinator, forward the form to the coordinator for their signature. They will then send the form to the Liberal Arts Advisement Center (1041 JFSB, liberalarts@byu.edu).

  • Editing and Publishing majors must work on the staff of a student journal or complete some other linguistics internship as part of their major requirements. The TESOL minor program also leads to a teaching internship, taken after the practicum course, which is not required for the minor itself but is required for the TESOL teaching certificate. Jobs and internships are posted regularly at ling.byu.edu/jobs-and-internships, and students can get academic credit for them by filling out an application and meeting with Professor Bay (see instructions at the same link).

    1. Join us on one of our summer Study Abroad programs: English Language in Britain and Ecuador Linguistics!
    2. Volunteer for or submit content to our student journals, including Schwa (for language and linguistics) and Leading Edge (for science fiction and fantasy)!
    3. Join the Linguistics Student Society or STET editing clubs!
    4. Get involved in research—find a professor whose research interests match your own, or check out what research groups are already going on in the department. Twice a year, HUM grants from the College of Humanities are offered to fund student-initiated, faculty-mentored research!
    5. Watch for other events at ling.byu.edu/events!
  • The standard TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) minor, offered through the Department of Linguistics, is for non-teaching majors. The TESOL K-12 minor is one of many minors offered by the McKay School of Education specifically for teaching majors.

  • Language certification and challenge exams are handled through the Center for Language Studies. They also offer other language-related programs and services, including the Foreign Language Student Residence (FLSR) program and the Translation and Localization minor. Visit cls.byu.edu or 3086 JFSB to learn more.

  • The English Language Center (ELC), located in 4056 JFSB (next door to our office), handles English language learning. Visit elc.byu.edu to learn more.