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: 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.
#1 Piece of Advice for Students:
Be kind to yourself through all the ups and downs of the undergraduate experience. Failures, missteps, goofs, and gaffs…they’re not the end of the world—you’ll get through it. Be kind to the people around you as they go through their own ups and downs, too. Ask for help when you need it. And don’t forget to sleep.
If I could do it all over again:
I wish that as an undergraduate I had been more forthright with my teachers about what really interested me and then looked for ways to shape my studies accordingly. It’s important to learn from others, allow ourselves to change, try new things, and be challenged by uncomfortable experiences. But looking for what really animates and excites us is key to what the university experience is all about, and it’s essential to building the lives we want to live.
Ask me about:
Majors and minors in English, esp. Creative Writing.
Animals in 19th-century American literature.
Tell me about:
Your favorite class.
A good movie (or a terrible one) you’ve seen recently.
A good book (or a terrible one) you’ve read recently.
What I Wish I Knew as an Undergrad
It’s so important to make meaningful connections in college that extend beyond your social life. For the first three years of undergrad, I never attended office hours out of a fear of “intruding” upon an instructor’s time or being “unprepared” if I didn’t have an earth-shatteringly brilliant idea to offer outside of class time. Don’t be like this! Your instructors (and advisors!) are here to serve your needs as a student, and are looking for ways to best support you — any help you can give them in this endeavor is very much appreciated! Though it can feel intimidating at first, taking a bit of time to visit office or advising hours, introduce yourself, and have a chat is a great way to break the ice and begin developing relationships that will stay with you through and beyond your time here at UMD. My door is always open if you’d like to get a conversation started!
#1 Piece of Advice for Students
Take care of yourself with the same dedication and rigor that you attend to your academic and professional pursuits. College can often feel, to quote John Mulaney, like “a four year game show called, ‘Do My Friends Hate Me, or Do I Just Need to Go to Sleep?’” Your physical and mental health are your top priorities, and when you attend to those needs, other things tend to fall into place just a little bit easier. It’s OK to take a step back from the demands of schoolwork to do whatever makes you feel emotionally fulfilled, whether it's hanging out with friends, playing a video game you enjoy, learning a new craft just for yourself, or yes, taking a good ol’ nap. And always ask for help!
Let’s Talk About
- The English major
- Careers in publishing
- Multiethnic U.S. literature
- Vampires in popular culture
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. This book has EVERYTHING: necromancy, a Gothic mansion, WLW, swordplay, a murder mystery whodunit, memes, goth girlfriends, reckoning with trauma, bones — in SPACE! Bonus: it’s the first book in a series, so there’s plenty more if you’re into it!
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (created for Netflix by Noelle Stevenson). Do you like wholesome stories about friendship, adventure, and rebellion against fascism? Do you crave queer representation that goes beyond subtext? Do you need fulfilling narrative arcs but lack the attention span to focus beyond 24 minutes at a time? Then Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the show for you! Aimed at children but absolutely enjoyable for adults, SPOP takes the familiar 1980s characters from He-Man and gives them a contemporary update, centering compassionate explorations of coping with trauma, exploring one’s identity, and the highs and lows of coming of age alongside general shenanigans and capers. Comparable series are Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and especially recommended if you enjoyed those!
Pacific Rim (directed by Guillermo del Toro). I describe Pacific Rim to people as “if Transformers had a heart” — but it’s really so much more! This film gives you all the incredible giant robot versus giant kaiju action thrills plus a heaping serving of sincerity, love, and optimism about humanity AND a killer soundtrack. What’s not to love?