Stories from Humanities:

man getting fired

New BYU research shows that when it comes to receiving bad news, most people prefer directness, candor and very little — if any — buffer.

Inspired by Tolkien, Dirk Elzinga created his own language as a teenager. That dabbling eventually led to a career as a linguist: one who is documenting a trio of endangered Native American languages.

Martine Leavitt, BYU Visiting Professor and Author

Martine Leavitt was reading Calvin and Hobbes one rainy day when the thought occurred to her that nowadays Calvin might be diagnosed with having schizophrenia.

Rachel Lott Speaks at UN

Humanities students Rachel Lott and Jamie Clegg felt honored when the women realized they were among only 10 Arabic language finalists chosen from students worldwide to address a United Nations General Assembly.

Consul General and Van C. Gessel

As a young missionary in Japan, Professor Van C. Gessel jokingly admits he was guilty of some cultural confusion. But now he's one of a select number of non-Japanese citizens to be commended for promoting cultural understanding. 

If you've ever wondered how your writing style compares to the literary greats, the Essay Genome Project can help you find your place. Submit your writing to the project and receive personalized feedback about your writing style.

Quichua woman placing stones on a table

In the Andes and Amazon Field School, a BYU team is learning and preserving the Quichua language and culture. See this stunning photo essay

What makes age-old fairy tales stand the test of time? BYU English professor and folklorist Jill Terry Rudy has the answer. She's written the book on the prevalence of fairy tales in modern television shows.

A BYU professor and students have created an online video tool that could revolutionize how we teach and learn language, using hyperlinked subtitles.

Making the Greek gods proud, BYU classics students are among the best in the country. Six students recently placed in the top 20 at the National College Greek Exam and others dominated in a state-wide Latin competition.