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English Undergraduate Advising

Welcome all current and potential English majors!

Whether you are currently an English major, or still deciding on a major, we hope that the information offered at this site will help you as you plan your academic program at the University of Memphis.  The Department of English seeks to give each English major individual, personal attention.  We aid in planning an academic program tailored to your specific needs, interests, and goals, and we continue to work closely with you until graduation.

Because our goal is keep you aware of up-to-date requirements, important deadlines, and new opportunities, frequently refer to this site to ensure you are well informed about your program of study.  It's our goal that most of your questions can be answered right here!

Advising Information and Suggestions
How to Make an Appointment: UMdegree
Advising Schedule
Department of English Resources
University of Memphis Resources                              

Advising Information and Suggestions:

All English majors should consult with your advisor EACH SEMESTER for assistance with course scheduling, registration, and career planning.  All students should also see their advisor for general information on permits for English courses, degree requirements, and career information.

Students are responsible for fulfilling all of the requirements for the degree program and for following the procedures and regulations as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog in effect when entering the University.  The Undergraduate Catalog is valid for seven years.

Plan your coursework semester by semester:

  • Track your progress--requirements met and outstanding requirements--by referring to the degree requirement sheet and UMDegree.
  • Check prerequisites before attempting to enroll (especially upper division courses).
  • Take courses in the proper sequence.
  • Be aware of course rotations, e.g. what courses are not offered in the fall or spring semesters.

How to prepare for your advising appointment prior to registration:

  • Bring a list of courses you both want and need to take.  Don't show up empty handed.  Refer to the Degree Requirement Worksheet.
  • Bring any questions or concerns you may have to ask your advisor. 

How to Make an Appointment: UMdegree

All English majors must now usw UMdegree, our new online audit and evaluation system. You will find the UMdegree channel on the student tab in myMemphis. UMdegree gives you a worksheet explaining how your courses fit into your declared degree program. UMdegree also provides a planner for courses to consider for the upcoming semester. You can find instructions and a list of frequently asked questions on the UMdegree website. In addition, each page or tab in UMdegree has a "Help" button at the top, in case you get stuck.

1. Using the instructions found in the UMdegree Student Guide, you will create a Planner Worksheet in UMDegree.  Read the directions very carefully and scroll down to page 7 for the Planner Worksheet "how to."

Students must complete a Planner Worksheet before attending an advising appointment.  Do not wait to ask the advisor what courses to take.  In planning your schedule, refer to the Degree Requirement Sheet (found below) as well as the Department of English Course Descriptions.  Remember to save your plan in you Planner Worksheet before your appointment.

2. Email the English Advisor at  to make an official appointment.  On-campus students will meet in the Advising Office, Patterson 471.  Online students can choose how to best use their appointment time: email, live Gchat, phone or Skype.

  Please include all of the following information in your email:

  • Student Name
  • UUID Number
  • Potential days and times that you are available for an appointment within the hours of availability provided by the advisor.

3. During your appointment, your advisor will access your UMdegree Planner Worksheet online to discuss any questions or concerns. Please keep in mind that transfer courses do not appear automatically.  Note any inaccuracies you see in your report and bring these to your advising appointment.

Advising Schedule:

Non-registration Periods
During non-registration periods, walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.  You can also email or call the advisor with questions.  Please see the helpful links below which may also answer your questions.

Registration Periods
To be cleared to register for classes, students must meet with the advisor every semester prior to registration.  Usually the month before each registration period, the advisor designates a block of dates for advising appointments.  The advisor will email all majors notifying them of these specific dates and times.  No walk-ins during this time. 

Advising for Summer and Fall courses usually takes place in March; registration begins in April.  Advising for Spring courses usually takes place in October; registration begins in November.

Students must email the advisor to set up an appointment during this period.  In your email, please include your name, U number and potential dates and times that you are available for an appointment.  Your advisor will reply to your message to set up your appointment.

Department of English Resources:

2 Year Course Rotation Template

English Undergraduate Catalog

ENGL degree sheet (.pdf)

The Degree Sheet for English majors is not intended as a substitute for knowing the requirements listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin.  Students are responsible for keeping in touch with the English advisor and maintaining their own course progress records.  However, this degree sheet can help you plan you program of study.

     2009 Catalog
     2011 Catalog
     2012 Catalog

English Undergraduate Grade Appeal Process (.pdf)
UMdegree Student Guide

University Resources:

Financial Aid
The Testing Center
Registrar's schedule information   
Intent to Graduate Form   
Career Services                 

Honors Programs and Organizations:             

English Honors Program
University Honors Program




Contact the Advisor:

Dale Williams


Office: Patterson 471


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