English Department Advising

Get help choosing your next degree or program of study

The Department’s designated faculty advisor is prepared to assist you in navigating our various programs and planning your studies in English. Contact a faculty advisor for your questions or to schedule an appointment. For advising help, please contact the English department’s main advisor below:

Liberal Arts Office of Student Affairs
Cavanaugh Hall, room 401
(317) 274-3976

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Advising is a large part of what makes the road to graduation a little smoother. We recommend meeting with your academic advisor at least once each semester to review your academic plan and identify appropriate course options for your individualized course of study. Visit your advisor to:

  • Identify your academic and career goals
  • Create an academic plan tailored to your goals
  • Select and enroll in appropriate classes
  • Manage your course load
  • Combine your degree with other majors or minors
  • Meet your degree requirements
  • Tap into IUPUI resources and support
  • Understand academic policies and procedures
  • Learn to use available academic tools
  • Integrate high impact learning opportunities such as internships, study abroad, student organizations, and undergraduate research
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Explore career options
  • Prepare for graduation
  • Seek information about degree requirements
  • If you are a new major or transfer student (strongly encouraged)
  • Receive an advisor’s signature for a drop/add form or any other official academic form (You are encouraged to seek signatures well ahead of any posted deadlines.)

For Your Appointment

Remember that you as a student have the final responsibility for understanding degree requirements and meeting them. As such, it is important to make the most of your advising appointments.

  • Assert yourself. Ask questions not only about what’s required of you but about what options you have and what programs are available to you.
  • Ask to see course descriptions and instructors’ syllabi before enrolling in a course. Course descriptions can be found within the various Concentration sections of the website; sample syllabi can be found in our English Community site in Canvas.
  • Meet or talk with your advisor regularly. Don’t wait for a crisis to develop or for the preregistration rush.
  • Take notes during all advising appointments. Don’t rely on memory. Your advisor likely sees many students during the semester, and as the semester progresses, you will become busier as well, so remembering specific details may be impossible for both of you.
  • Set goals for yourself. Revisit and sharpen them periodically.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities whenever possible. Give yourself an opportunity to apply your growing communication and analytical skills in practical settings outside the classroom.
  • Consider an internship in English to hone professional skills before graduation.

If you find yourself having difficulty with your classes, or other circumstances are negatively affecting your academic work, let your professors and/or advisor know. For advising help, please contact the English department’s main advisor below:

Liberal Arts Office of Student Affairs
Cavanaugh Hall, room 401
(317) 274-3976

Tools for success

Check the degree map to learn how to complete your degree on time.

Check your progress in an Academic Advisement Report to determine what courses you still need to graduate.