English advisors are available to help with academic and career planning, preparation for graduate school or study abroad, and navigating university resources.
All English majors must complete at least one advising appointment before scheduling classes for next semester. Advising appointments fill quickly, so contact us at least two weeks in advance of your registration time (which you can check in Testudo) to ensure that you get a suitable appointment. You are also welcome to schedule an advising appointment at any time if you have questions or concerns about your degree progress, an English course or professor, or university resources.
To set up an advising appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your University ID number.
English majors can prepare for their future beyond UMD by taking full advantage of specialized career advising offered by the University Career Center. All appointments are scheduled through the University Career Center & The President’s Promise. Get started by reserving an appointment on Careers4Terps; log on and click "Request a Career Advising Appointment" in the shortcuts menu or call (301) 314-7225 with questions.
Students who are abroad go through the same pre-registration advising they would if they were on campus, except via email.
Students studying abroad should send an email to email@example.com that includes their name, UID and registration date. In this initial email, students should also include which classes they are actually taking abroad as they often differ from those listed on the Study Abroad Course Approval (SACA) forms.
The advisor will let students know if they also have a college-level registration block. If they do, they must email Paula Nadler in ARHU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Departmental Requirements for Probation Students
English majors who are on academic probation are assigned a specific English advisor and are required to meet with that advisor three times during the course of the semester. The first meeting should be during the schedule adjustment period, the second meeting should be after the first month of classes and the third meeting should be mid-semester. All English majors and minors have mandatory pre-registration advising, so you may want to use one of your probation advising sessions to conduct pre-registration advising as well. We will use these three meetings to review your past and current performance, to discuss any concerns you might have regarding your current courses and to plan a future academic schedule that will lend itself to success. To make an appointment for academic probation advising, please call English Undergraduate Studies at (301) 405-3825, and indicate that you are on probation and need to meet with your assigned advisor.
College Requirements for Probation Students
English majors on academic probation are also required to meet three times a semester with an advisor in the ARHU. Contact ARHU's Office of Student Affairs at 301-405-2108 to schedule an appointment.
Departmental Requirements for Dismissed Students Applying for Reinstatement
If you fulfill the three-meeting requirement, your English advisor will be able to write a letter of support to ARHU. Such a letter of support is viewed very favorably by the readmission committee should you apply for reinstatement. No student who fails to meet their academic probation advising requirements will qualify for such a letter.
There are several ways in which English courses from other institutions may be counted toward your major, general education, college or university requirements. The Department of English strives to accept as many transfer courses as possible, but making this happen requires your assistance. Please choose the category of course below that you have taken, or intend to take, to determine its equivalence.
ENGL101 Course Equivalency
All ENGL101, or freshman English, course equivalence is handled by the Academic Writing Office in 1116 Tawes, (301) 405-3771.
You may receive an exemption from English 101 in three ways: by AP Language and Composition test score, through a course equivalency, or by portfolio. Before you submit any materials, please contact the Academic Writing Office at 301-405-3771 or email@example.com.
Under the new General Education Requirements, in effect for students entering the University of Maryland on or after July 1, 2012, students who have earned a score of 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition Exam may be exempted from Academic Writing (English 101).
Professional Writing Course Equivalency
If you are seeking equivalence for a professional writing course, you must contact the Professional Writing Office directly at (301) 405-3762 or visit them in 1220 Tawes.
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#1 piece of advice for students: Find a way to experience what it’s like to actually do the work you’re studying for. Whether that means working in a lab, volunteering, or finding an internship, hands-on experience is a valuable way to connect the material you’re learning as a student to its real-world applications. Doing so can enrich your understanding, make you a more desirable job candidate, and help you determine whether you’d enjoy pursuing that work on a daily basis in the future.
What I wish I knew as an undergrad: That you don’t have to be locked into one path to be successful, but can explore multiple options and weave different kinds of experiences together to build the education and career you want.
Ask me about: Requirements for the English major, Creative Writing and whether a minor is a good fit for you, what you can do with your English major, and writing across different contexts and careers.
#1 piece of advice for students: Be an active participant in your education. Being at a large state university provides many opportunities but also requires greater independence and initiative to take advantage of those opportunities. Your academic journey is yours to chart, but remember you have support along way (like advisors!).
What I wish I knew as an undergrad: Rather than striving for perfection, aim instead for satisfaction, personal growth, and building relationships with other people.
Ask me about: Requirements for the English major, what you can do with your English major, organization/productivity skills, and writing across different contexts and careers.
#1 Piece of Advice for Students: College is what you make of it and in many ways it functions as a first reflection of real life as an adult in that you can put a lot into your classes and extracurricular activities (or not) and may not immediately feel the consequences of these choices. In most/nearly all cases and situations, you are treated as an adult and expected to act like the young adult that you are; if you take charge of your own story and path, you will likely find this experience most rewarding. These years are marked by great change and you will inevitably change too; embrace this and don't be afraid. Seek out people you can trust who will advocate for you. If you are struggling or need help, let someone know. Not every professor or peer will be a good resource but you won't find out if you don't ask for help or tell people what you need. People will surprise you, mostly in good ways. Remain hopeful and optimistic, if possible. Kindness is free and you never know how it might impact someone else's day or life.
What I Wish I Knew as an Undergrad: You are not defined by one thing, one class, one moment, one year, or even one college experience. Life is an incredible journey filled with endless possibilities and meaningful moments...if you are open to them. It's okay if you don't have it all figured out or if you change your mind. It's okay and even good to ask for help and seek out mentors and friends (i.e. "find your people"). Ask questions and be curious! If you make a mistake, own it, apologize, and keep moving forward! Don't apologize for asking for what you need but make room for others who have less than you. Find and embrace inspiration wherever you experience it (in nature, books, films, friends, classes, online, etc.). Sometimes corny quotes or clichés can come in handy (don't use them in your writing but be inspired by them (or not)); here are some of my favorites: "The race is long and in the end, it's only with yourself." (Mary Schmich), "Don't be afraid it won't be perfect, the only thing to be afraid of really is that it won't be." (Stephen Sondheim), "don't judge a book by its cover", "you can't please everyone", and of course, "Be yourself; everyone else is taken." (Oscar Wilde).
Ask me about: Anything related to the English program, requirements, or the overall student experience at UMD; if I don't know the answer I will tell you honestly and will do my best to help you get to the right person or department(s). I am also happy to support you and help you figure out what to ask if you are unsure since sometimes even figuring out where to begin can be a challenge. I am familiar with other departments that often overlap with English as well (Film Studies, Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, LGBT Studies, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature, to name a few). I can also serve as your resource for LGBTQ+, Jewish, and other intersectional communities on campus, related to diversity and inclusion, which are core personal values of mine. You can also feel free to chat with me about literature, cinema, television, or anything else you are passionate about as we embark on this journey together.
Texts That Affect Me Most Profoundly:
Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex, Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tommy Orange’s There There, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, Kevin Boyle’s Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, Claude Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.
#1 Piece of Advice for Students:
Reflect often and act deliberately. In college you are building for a future, for a life, that you can’t fully imagine. The road of life is infinitely varied. Traffic jams happen. Detours become permanent. Roadblocks become opportunities. By cultivating a habit of reflecting on where you are and choosing where you want to go, you will get the most out of your time in college. We all look back and see things we could have done differently. Whether those things are minor details or major events is up to you.
What I Wish I Knew as an Undergrad:
It’s okay not to know. Nobody knows everything. Everyone feels anxious when their ignorance is the topic of conversation. The brave thing is to embrace not knowing and ask someone else. Ask a friend. As a classmate. Ask a professor. Ask an advisor. No one will judge you for not knowing what you don’t know. This applies to topics in the classroom, assignment details, scheduling courses, internship choices, and career planning. Resources abound, but they won’t fall into your lap unless you invite them in by asking questions.