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Declaring the English Major

Whether you are ready to declare a major in English or still trying to figure out if English is right for you, we invite you to meet with the Undergraduate Chair (Jean-Christophe Cloutier) or Associate Undergraduate Chair (Deborah Burnham) during our walk-in hours. You can also email us for an appointment. We also encourage you to talk to the professors teaching your current English courses!

When you are ready to declare your major, we will help you through the following decisions:

Customizing your major

When we meet, we will help you choose from among the Standard Curriculum and the versions of the English major that emphasize Creative Writing and Cinema Studies. You can always change your emphasis or add a concentration to the Standard Curriculum down the road. 

Choosing a Faculty Advisor 

Your relationship with your Faculty Advisor is an important component of pursuing the English major. Your advisor can be one of your best resources for selecting courses, concentrations, and even second majors. Whenever possible, your advisor will be a professor who knows your work and specializes in the area of literary study that interests you most. You may wish to consult the Index of Majors' Faculty Advisors to find a faculty member who seems particularly congenial to you. When you declare the major, you and the Undergraduate Chair or Associate Undergraduate Chair will work together to choose a faculty advisor.

As an English major, you should keep in regular contact with your advisor and meet at least during every pre-registration period. Your advisor will guide you in your course choices, and you might also find your advisor to have excellent and even creative ideas about courses outside the department that are perfect for your interests.

If at any time you wish to change your advisor, drop in to talk to the Undergraduate Chair or the Associate Undergraduate Chair.