Dean: John R. Rosenberg, Professor, Spanish
Associate Dean: Gregory Clark, Professor, English
Associate Dean: Ray T. Clifford, Professor, Linguistics
Associate Dean: Joseph Parry, Associate Professor, Humanities
What Are the Humanities?
The humanities focus on the quest for fluency in the languages of the human conversation, for it is fluency in those languages that makes us full participants in human life. Specifically, the humanities involve inquiry into the structure and uses of language itself, as well as into the ideas and aesthetics of the languages of art, literature, and philosophy.
Study in the humanities fosters historical consciousness; recognition of the connections between ideas, texts, and the people who create them; awareness of the complexity and subtlety of the multiple voices that make up the human conversation; and facility in languages and cultures other than one's own. Building on these essential components of what it means to be "an educated person," students of the humanities develop the higher-order cognitive abilities needed for critical reading, interpretation, analytical thinking, and writing.
This understanding of and ability in the "languages of the human conversation" provide a foundation for successful careers in many different professions and for productive and rewarding lives as educated citizens.
International and Area Studies
The College of Humanities supports the following International and Area Studies (IAS) programs:
College of Humanities faculty members also teach courses in the following area studies minor programs: African Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Arab-Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Jewish Studies, Korean Studies, Latin American Studies, Modern Near Eastern Studies, Russian Studies, Spanish Studies, and Western American Studies.
Students in American Studies receive advisement from the College of Humanities Advisement Center, 1175 JFSB, (801) 422-4789.
Students in Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East Studies/Arabic receive advisement from the IAS Advisement Center, located in the David M. Kennedy Center, 273 HCRB, (801) 422-3548.
Programs and Support Areas
Programs in International Studies
College Advisement Center
Mary Anne Rich, Supervisor
The advisement center assists students with registration; information about majors, university core, and changing majors; application for graduation and graduation clearance; career opportunities; and policy and procedure. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these advisement center services.
For advisement regarding specific major requirements, career options, or graduate programs, students should consult with faculty advisors within the various departments. Substitutions, waivers, or evaluation of transfer equivalency within a major will be authorized by the departments, with documentation going to the advisement center.
Language Credit by Examination
Jerry W. Larson, Professor of Spanish; Director, Humanities
Technology and Research Support Center
Any student enrolled at BYU whose native language is English may receive credit by special examination for certain foreign language courses for which he or she has acquired the equivalent skill or knowledge. However, this is possible only if no university credit has been given through AP, CLEP, or transfer of equivalent credit from another university or other institutions. Students whose native language is not English may not receive credit for their native language, but they may receive credit by special examination for courses in English offered through the TESOL program of the Linguistics and English Language Department. They may also receive credit by special examination for a language other than their native language as described above.
Graded examinations for languages taught on the BYU campus are administered by the department concerned. Pass-fail examinations for other languages are administered by the coordinator of the Foreign Language Testing Program in the Humanities Technology and Research Support Center. An examination once taken for pass/fail credit cannot be retaken or reevaluated for graded credit.
Center for Language Studies
Ray T. Clifford, Director
To extend the exceptional foreign language capabilities of BYU to a large audience, the Center for Language Studies offers a variety of intensive language courses during the summer term (mid-June to mid-August) and regular courses in less commonly taught languages during the academic year. See in-depth information in the Center for Language Studies section of this catalog.
Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature
Jesse S. Crisler, Professor of English, Director
The center holds symposia, conducts writing contests, and publishes the journal Literature and Belief.
English Language Center
Neil Anderson, Administrative Coordinator, 4056A JFSB
Norm Evans, Academic Coordinator, 4050 JFSB
The English Language Center is a resident program of intensive English language training.
Foreign Language Student Residence
Robert Erickson, Coordinator
Students who desire a more in-depth language study experience and practical application of the language under the direction of faculty and native residents may apply to live in the Foreign Language Student Residence. All activities in the individual apartments in the residence are conducted in the foreign language. Inquiries should be directed to the coordinator or to the appropriate departmental advisor for detailed information concerning opportunities for men and women in French, Russian, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Hebrew.
Humanities Technology and Research Support Center
Jerry W. Larson, Professor of Spanish, Director
The Humanities Technology and Research Support Center provides technological and consulting resources to support research and teaching in the College of Humanities. Available in the center are audio, video, and microcomputer facilities in addition to optical scanning services.