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Undergraduate Advising

The Department of English is committed to holistic academic advising. Each English major is assigned a faculty advisor. Additionally, the department provides a fulltime staff advisor dedicated solely to English students. The Department of English knows academic advising plays an essential role in our students’ education. As advisors we assess the present needs of our advisees, we guide our students toward graduation, and we encourage all English majors to become engaged and learned citizens of the world.

Academic advising within the Department of English is a collaborative effort between faculty and staff.  Each advisor brings different experiences, insights, and professional practices to the advising session.  Please review the list of advisors and advising responsibilities below to see which advisor can best address your needs.

What does the departmental advisor do?

  • Talks to students considering an English major or minor
  • Meets with newly declared English majors
  • Advises English majors on Academic Probation
  • Assists English majors by liaising with other departments, like Study Abroad, the LAS College Office, the Dean of Students Office, etc.
  • Conducts graduation checks for English majors in their senior year

What does the director of undergraduate studies do?

  • Reviews outside coursework for placement in the English major
  • Addresses students’ concerns about Undergraduate English Programs

What do English faculty advisors do?

  • Provide one-on-one advising to a small cohort of English undergraduates
  • Meet quarterly to yearly with advisees to schedule courses and discuss students’ engagement in their studies
  • Specifically advise English majors in their junior year to ensure a timely graduation as well as shape each student’s vision for his or her final undergraduate year

Contact an Academic Advisor

Departmental Staff Advisor
James Phelps

Arts and Letters Hall 312-27

Director of Undergraduate Studies in English
Dr. Jenny Conary

Arts and Letters Hall 312-03

English Faculty Advisors

Students should see CampusConnect > For Students > Advising Resources > View My Advisors for advisor assignment and contact information

Students interested in the TEACH program and teacher education options should contact Dr. Robert Meyer, TEACH Program Advisor for English.

Meeting With Your Advisor

The English office is located in Arts and Letters Hall, suite 312.  The Departmental Advisor is open for walk-in appointments, and English office staff can provide students with their faculty advisor’s office hours.

Students may also email their advisor for an appointment (see contact info above).  Please be sure to always include the following in your message:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your student ID number
  3. A brief description of what you would like to talk about
  4. Multiple days and times you are available to meet

Preparing for Your Meeting

Your advisor has access to your student records and the various advising documents provided in CampusConnect.  However, there are a number of online resources you can utilize before you meet with your English advisor.

CampusConnect Advising Documents. Via your CampusConnect Student Center you have access to your Degree Progress Report, Placement Test Results, Grade Reports, and Unofficial Transcripts. You may consider printing these documents and bringing them with you to your advising meeting.

Department of English Advising Documents. English advisors sometimes buttress the above CampusConnect advising documents with our own advising checklists:

  • English with literary studies concentration (PDF)
  • English with creative writing concentration (PDF)
The Course Catalog and Student Handbook. The Course Catalog and the Student Handbook are the rules and regulations that guide the university.  They are the documents that define what is required of you as a DePaul undergraduate.
he Course Catalog also lists the requirements for every undergraduate major, minor, and special program in the university.

The LAS Undergraduate Forms Page. This site lists the various forms required for special permissions within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, such as Independent Studies, Transfer Credit Approval, and Pass/Fail permission.

Transfer Course Lists. The Office of Admission maintains this handy app to help you translate how credit from local 2-year and 4-year institutions will articulate at DePaul.  If you plan to take your science lab over summer at a local community college or if you want to know how a Spanish course from your previous university applies to your DePaul requirements, this is the place to look.

Social Media.  The English department uses Facebook, Twitter and our online undergraduate newsletter, The Underground to keep our majors informed of important dates and events within the Department of English.​

Policies You Should Be Aware Of

Your graduation requirements—both as an LAS student and as an English major—are determined by the year you entered DePaul and the academic quarter you declared the English major.  Since 2009, the Department of English has honed its requirements for the Literary Studies concentration and the Creative Writing concentration.  Therefore, your major requirements may be slightly different from a classmate who declared the major only a few quarters before/after you.

Be sure to meet with the departmental advisor early in your English career to ensure that you thoroughly understand your English major requirements.

Looking Ahead to Graduation

The question on every English major’s mind is “What can I do with an English major?” Honestly, the skills that you learn in an English classroom are in high demand in a variety of professions.  However, most English majors cannot envision how to apply their skills outside of a classroom. You must get off campus and test your abilities in a variety of real-world environments. All English majors in their junior and senior years are encouraged to check out the following resources as they plan for life after graduation.

Internship and Career Resources

Professional Internships in English. English majors can earn credit for a variety of internships. Please view the Undergraduate Professional Internships page for more information.

The University Internship Program. The University Internship Project (or UIP) maintains listings of available internships and offers a variety of internship reflective courses.

Alumni Sharing Knowledge. Alumni Sharing Knowledge (or ASK) is a network of dedicated alumni who want to work one on one with you as you begin to plan your future and your career. Alumni share stories and insights with undergrads, as well as help current students build a professional network.

The Career Center. The Career Center is your primary resource for addressing your professional goals. Their office is staffed with highly trained and engaged individuals who organize job fairs, conduct practice interviews, and advise students at every stage in their professional life.