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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 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:

  • Familiarize yourself with UMdegree.  You will find the UMdegree channel on your student page in MyMemphis.   Make sure information such as your major, concentration, and catalog year are correct.  Also pay attention to the courses that are listed as still needed in UMdegree.  Note any inaccuracies you may see so your advisor can address these concerns and discuss how courses have been applied during your appointment.  This is especially important for transfer courses.
  • Make sure to read the UMdegree directions very carefully.  In addition, each page or tab in UMdegree has "HELP" at the top just in case you get stuck.  For more detailed directions click here.
  • List the courses you both want and need to take in your UMdegree planner.  It is important that you do not show up empty handed.  Rather, you should have some idea as to what you would like to take and if it works with your schedule.
  • Completing your UMdegree planner is mandatory and your clearance for registration can be delayed if you fail to complete this process.  Remember you must SAVE the plan.  If there are errors, it will not save.
  • Do not merely depend on UMdegree for the list of potential classes.  Also use your Degree Sheet for a COMPLETE list of courses you need for your specific catalog.
  • Bring any questions or concerns you may have to your advisor.   

How to Make an Appointment: UMdegree

To make your appointment online:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Make Your Appointment Online (on the right)
  3. Create an Account

Additional Scheduling Tips:

Appointments + (plus) is an online appointment scheduling system that is used for students to schedule advising appointments.  The online appointment system is easy to use and will be available 24/7.  Use your U number (U plus 8 digits; no spaces) as your login.  Enter your U number the way you see it on your ID card.

If you have never used this system on the U of M campus before you must register with the system first.  Remember how you enter your U number because that will be your login for the future.  For example, if you use a capital "U", it will not remember you if you use a lower case "u" or no "u" at all the next time you try to login.

Once you have registered, choose an available date on the calendar and you will see the next five available appointment times.  Choose the time that works best for your schedule.  Please note that the system will not allow same day appointments.

Advising Schedule:

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

Registration Periods (Peak Advising)
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 will email all majors reminding them to schedule their appointments.  No walk-ins during this time. 

Peak 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 are welcome to use the online appointment system to schedule an appointment whenever they feel an appointment is needed.

Department of English Resources:

2 Year Course Rotation Template

English Undergraduate Catalog

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
     2013 Catalog
     2014 Catalog

English Undergraduate Grade Appeal Process (.pdf)
Department of English FAQ 

University Resources:

Financial Aid
The Testing Center
Registrar's schedule information   
Career Services                 

Honors Programs and Organizations:             

English Honors Program
University Honors Program


Contact the Advisor:

Dale Williams
Office: Patterson 471



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