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The navigation links in the menu on the left contain important information about academic advising here at UWG.
If I have been assigned as your faculty advisor, I am available to meet with you to discuss your course transcripts, your course selection during pre-registration, and any other questions you have about the English major. You can check my office hours or contact me via email or phone to set up an appointment.
If you are an undeclared major or have declared your major in a field other than English, I will be glad to meet with you to discuss the English major or minor requirements. We can also discuss possible career options for students who study English.
If you want to declare English as a major or minor, see the guidelines below. The department secretary can help you with getting your forms processed and sent forward to the registrar. If you don't have a major advisor, please see the secretary and she will make sure that one is assigned to work with you.
Important Note: You must officially register with our department if you want to be an English major, even if you declared your major when you were initially admitted into West Georgia.
How to Declare the English Major
Stop by the department office (TLC 2-255) to fill out a major declaration form.
NOTE: A minor is not required for the B.A. English degree.
How to get an Advisor
Once you've filled out a major declaration form (available in the department office), you'll receive a letter in the mail informing you of your advisor assignment. All officially declared English majors are assigned to a major professor in the department (a tenure-track faculty member who teaches major-level courses). Your advisor will meet with you to discuss the major requirements and help you decide what courses you need to take. You should meet with your advisor at least once each semester during pre-registration; however, your advisor is also there to assist you with other questions and concerns related to your academic work at West Georgia. If you do not meet with your advisor regularly, you might take the wrong courses and delay your graduation. Students who are undeclared should set up an appointment to be advised through the Excel Center.
Secondary Education Advisement
After filling out the major declaration form, students electing to major in English Secondary Education will be assigned to an advisor in the English department. Your advisor will help you select your core and content area courses and can also help you with questions about the teacher certification requirements.
Every English major should have an advisor in our department. If you are already an English major and don’t have an advisor (or don’t know who your advisor is), contact the academic coordinator, Susan Holland. You should meet with your advisor at least once each semester during pre-registration. It is your responsibility to contact your advisor to set up an appointment. All faculty contact information is available on our department website.
Thinking about Becoming an
English Major but not sure? Still Undecided? Faculty in our department
would be happy to talk with you about our program and help you make the
decision that is right for you. Just stop by the department office and tell
our staff you want more information on becoming a major. They will help you
set up an appointment with a member of our faculty to discuss our degree
programs. Or if you are currently taking (or have taken) an English course,
stop by your professor’s office and ask for more information.
Declaring a Minor
Perhaps a minor will best serve your career interests. A minor in Literature, Creative Writing, Film Studies, American Studies, Africana Studies, or Women's Studies can significantly strengthen your professional skills in a variety of other majors, including business-related majors, computer science, communications, foreign languages, history, psychology, sociology/anthropology, pre-law, and criminology. Information on these minors can be found in the college catalog and on our website. If you want to declare any of these minors, just stop by the department office and our staff will help you complete the process.