Frequently Asked Questions
Current students can book an advising appointment via EAB Navigate.
- Log in with your UIN and Password through CAS.
- Select the ‘Schedule an Appointment’ button on the home page.
- Select ‘LA-Liberal Arts Undergraduate Advising’ for your College.
- Select the reason for your appointment from the drop-down menu.
- Select ‘LA-ENGL LAAH Advising Center’ for your major.
- Select your appointment day and time from the calendar.
- You will receive a confirmation email when your scheduling is complete.
Prospective students can request an advising appointment via the request form on the Plan a Campus Visit page.
It is our department policy to only accept force requests for English majors and minors. We do not make exceptions to existing prerequisites or restrictions. If you are not an English major or minor, we recommend monitoring Howdy for a seat to become available in a section where you meet all of the restrictions.
English majors and minors may only submit a force request in person during their preregistration window. We will only force you into a class where there is a seat available and you meet all of the prerequisites and restrictions. If we do not have a seat for you, we will add you to our force request list and contact you during open registration if a seat does become available. No appointment is required to submit a force request, but you may have to wait to meet with an advisor as we receive a high volume of requests during preregistration.
For a complete list of frequently asked registration questions and an explanation of our departmental policies, please see the Registration and Force Requests page.
We typically offer multiple sections of ENGL 210: Technical and Professional Writing online during each fall and spring semester. There are a few other literature and writing courses that may be offered in an online or hybrid format. These are offered based on curricular needs and instructor availability, so they are not offered on a regular schedule.
Students can identify online or hybrid course options being offered each semester by using the ‘Instructional Methods’ category of the ‘Advanced Search’ function in Howdy.
The department does not offer any winter mini-mester classes but we do typically offer summer classes. The number and type of courses offered varies from summer to summer based on instructor availability. However, we try to offer a variety of Core Curriculum classes that will work for the degree plans of a large body of students.
If you are thinking about taking an English course at another institution and would like it evaluated for credit at Texas A&M, the Transfer Course Equivalency website is a great resource. This site allows you to search for course evaluations and transferability either by TAMU course or sending institution. The information available is a guide and not a confirmation of credit; it’s merely a good place to start when choosing a class at another institution that will eventually be transferred to Texas A&M.
If you would like the department to evaluate a course you have taken for transfer credit, please fill out the Course Substitution Application and locate a copy of the course syllabus. Provide both documents to Andrea Ramirez, either in person or via email, and she will initiate the evaluation process. Once a decision has been made about course equivalency, she will contact both the student and major advisor.
Our department offers four minors in English, for students majoring in an area other than English, Health Humanities, Science Fiction & Fantasy Studies, and Professional & Technical Writing. Although there is not a specific Creative Writing minor, the English minor can be customized to your area of interest. We ask that you complete 18 hours of English coursework at designated levels, rather than outlining specific classes. This means that you can take all Creative Writing coursework to satisfy your English minor.
For more information about Creative Writing and other areas of study you can pursue in the English Department, please visit our Concentrations page.
Prospective students may audit an English class as part of their campus visit. You must contact us at least one week prior to your visit so that we can coordinate your schedule.
We do not allow current, former, or non-degree seeking students to audit our classes.
The Department of English does not offer tutoring or English language lessons. However, there are many resources available for students both on and off-campus in the Bryan/College Station area.
On-campus resources include the Academic Success Center, University Writing Center, the Byrne Student Success Center, and the Communication Lab at Mays Business School.
Incoming freshmen and current English majors with a U1 classification are welcome to apply to the departmental honors program.
Please visit the English Honors page for a full overview of the application process and program requirements. Students who would like to discuss admissions to English Honors may reach out to Dr. Apostolos Vasilakis to schedule an appointment.
Freshman applications and admissions decisions are processed by the Office of Admissions. Transfer applications and admissions decisions are processed by the College of Liberal Arts.
Our department staff are happy to provide advising for prospective students regarding degree plans, transfer credits, and other aspects of campus life. However, if you have questions about the status of your application or an admissions decision, please contact the office in charge of processing.
Incoming freshmen and transfer students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships through the ApplyTexas application. Continuing students must complete the University Scholarship Application during the application window of October 15 to February 1 annually.
For a full list of departmental scholarships available to English majors, please visit the Scholarships page.
There are many opportunities for English majors to customize their coursework to a specific field of interest including,
- Create a concentration: English majors following our B.A. degree plan are required to complete 15 hours of major elective courses. This is an opportunity for students to take more classes in English that are focused in their field of interest, work with faculty who are conducting research in a similar field, and further develop their talents.
- Add a minor: Students may be interested in pursuing a 15-18 hour minor or undergraduate certificate in addition to their English coursework. Most students who declare their minor early can complete the requirements without adding any additional time to degree. A full list of current undergraduate minors is available through the Registrar's Office, but students should do some research through the undergraduate catalog or departmental websites about all of the minor and certificate programs available. You must meet with an academic advisor from the outside department in order to enroll in their program.
- Participate in an Internship, Co-Op, or Directed Studies course: English majors have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our faculty through a directed studies course in which they work together to set a reading list, build assignments, and conduct research in a specific area. Students can also earn academic credit for qualifying off-campus experiences through an Internship or Co-Op course.
- Participate in the Undergraduate Professional and Research Experience Program (UPREP): The Department of English offers 5-7 UPREP projects every semester that allow our students to work one-on-one with our faculty as research assistants. These projects allow students to gain practical experience and learn new skills that make them more viable in the job market.
- Participate in a LAUNCH Undergraduate Research program: LAUNCH is a great resource for students looking to conduct research or write an undergraduate thesis. Their website includes a research opportunity database where you can search and apply for opportunities both on and off campus.
For more options and program recommendations, please make an appointment with an advisor. They can help you to narrow your field of interest and identify opportunities at Texas A&M that you may be interested in!
The department is committed to preparing English graduate assistants for careers as college English teachers while ensuring the quality of learning in our courses. Graduate Assistant Teachers who teach core writing courses receive training, support, and supervision from the Department of English Undergraduate Office. Graduate assistants are provided an orientation to teaching prior to their first semester of teaching as well as course work in pedagogy and ongoing mentoring throughout their time at Texas A&M.
The first step to reconciling any issue is to speak with your instructor. Make sure to be polite and professional in all of your communications. If you continue to have an issue, please contact Dr. Apostolos Vasilakis to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.