Undergraduate Advising

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

Quick Links:
Course Permits
Advising Information and Suggestions
How to Make an Appointment
Advising Schedule
Department of English Resources
University Resources:

Contact your Advisor:

The English Department is pleased to welcome Bridget Wells as the new academic advisor.

Course Permits

Any student needing a permit for an English course should email a request to the English advisor. The request must include the student's U-Number as well as the Course Record Number (CRN) of the section for which the student would like to register.

Advising Information and Suggestions

All English majors should consult with the English advisor EVERY FALL and SPRING SEMESTER for assistance with course planning and to be cleared for registration. Students should also see their advisor for information on degree requirements and career options.

Students are responsible for fulfilling all of the requirements for the English degree program and for following the procedures and regulations as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog corresponding to the year when the student entered the University. The Undergraduate Catalog is valid for seven years.

Prepare for Your Advising Appointment Using UMdegree

Students should track their degree progress using UMdegree, as well as the appropriate Degree Requirement Sheet (see below), to determine the requirements that are fulfilled and those that are still unsatisfied.

UMdegree should also be used in input a tentative course plan prior to the advising appointment.

  • The UMdegree channel is found on the Student page in MyMemphis. Confirm that 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 they may be addressed by the advisor during your appointment. This is especially important for transfer courses.
  • Be sure to read the UMdegree directions very carefully. Each page in UMdegree has "HELP" at the top 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 to your advising appointment empty handed. Rather, you should have some idea as to what courses you would like to take and how they work with your schedule.
  • Completing your UMdegree Planner is highly recommended, 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 term.

When you are ready to register:

  • Check prerequisites before attempting to add classes, especially for 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. The two-year template provides an easy guide to course rotation. Click here for the Fall 2016-Spring 2018 course template. Click here for the the Fall 2018-Spring 2020 course template.
  • If you need a permit, contact the English advisor.

How to Make an Appointment

Use https://memphis.campus.eab.com/ to view the English Advisor's availability and to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to use the site, or if there are no appointments available at a time that is convenient for you, please email bwells6@memphis.edu to request an appointment.

Advising Schedule:

Non-registration Periods
During non-registration periods, walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are always recommended to ensure the advisor will be available to see you. 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 consult with the advisor every semester prior to registration. Approximately six weeks before each registration period, the advisor will email all English majors reminding them to schedule an advising appointment. Appointments are in-person, or via phone or email. No walk-ins are allowed during peak advising time.

Peak advising for Summer and Fall courses takes place in March; registration begins in April. Advising for Spring courses 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:

University Resources:

Honors Programs and Organizations: