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
On behalf of the entire Department of English, I welcome you to the advising website.
- Laura Wright, Advisor to Undergraduate
Advising Information and Suggestions
How to Make an Appointment: UMdegree
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
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
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
2. Email the English Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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
Department of English Resources:
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.
English Undergraduate Grade Appeal Process (.pdf)
UMdegree Student Guide
The Testing Center
Registrar's schedule information
Intent to Graduate Form
Honors Programs and Organizations:
English Honors Program
University Honors Program