English Department Advising

Advising is a large part of what makes the road to graduation a little smoother.

  • For information about degree requirements, visit the Undergraduate Program or Minors sections of the website and navigate your way to the applicable concentration, minor, or Degree Requirements section.
  • English majors (and minors) are assigned an advisor within the School of Liberal Arts.
  • New majors, especially transfer students, are encouraged to meet with their advisor as soon as possible to ensure you are on the right path to graduation.
  • When you need an advisor's signature for a drop/add form or any other official academic form, please contact your assigned advisor. You are encouraged to seek signatures well ahead of any posted deadlines.
  • For more information, download our Undergraduate Advising Guide.

For more information about advising, visit SLA Academic Advising.

Some advice about advising ...

Remember that you as a student have the final responsibility for understanding degree requirements and meeting them, so…

  • Don’t accept advice from just anyone.
  • 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.
  • Talk with each of your professors outside of class at least once a semester.
  • 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 one of the two advisors below:

Francia Kissel

Francia Kissel
(317) 278-8584


Tanner Hammock
(317) 278-7356
CA 401

For more information, visit the SLA Academic Advising site.