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Undergraduate Advising

Academic Advisors support students in achieving academic success and in making progress toward their goals.  Our advisors work with new and continuing students, transfer students, and prospective students.  If you're already an English or Film and Media Studies major or minor, or just considering making a change, we're here to help!

Make an appointment

Appointment Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4pm (AZ time)
Ross-Blakley Hall (RBH) - Please check in at the front desk when you arrive. 
Phone: 480-965-3168
Email: englishadvising@asu.edu

Course override requests

To request an override into an English or Film and Media Studies class, complete this online override form

Walk-in Advising (Walk-in advising will be on break during the summer, but will resume in mid-August for the start of fall semester.)

Mondays and Thursdays from 2-4PM - Please note that walk-in appointments are 15 minutes in length.  For new students, changes of major and academic probation, please schedule a 30 minute appointment using the link above.

Your Advisors

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions section for commonly asked academic advising-related questions.  

For questions about ENG 101/102/105/107/108 and 301/302 contact writingprograms@asu.edu


Mollie Connelly-MacNeill, Academic Success Specialist


Mollie graduated summa cum laude from ASU twice with both a BA and an MA in English. During grad school, she worked in Hayden Library's Special Collections department to create a collection of 62 rare manuscripts from the 17th-20th century artists and writers. She has returned Department of English as of July 2016 to work as a Coordinator. Her interests include research, gaming, library and information science, women and gender studies, fiber arts and reading everything from Beowulf  to Bacigalupi.


Shauna Dranetz, Academic Success Coordinator


Shauna received her BA in English Literature and BA in History from Arizona State University in 2007. She completed her MA in English Literature at Colorado State University in 2010. Shauna has experience in general advising, online advising, and consulting students on composition and literature. More than anything, however, she enjoys guiding students of all backgrounds towards their goal of earning a college degree. Like any English major she loves all kinds of books, but most of all loves Harry Potter. 



Linda Sullivan, Assistant Director of Academic Services


Linda Sullivan is a three-time graduate of ASU, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Counseling, and Doctor of Education (Higher and Adult Education) degrees here. She began her career at ASU in 1997 and has worked with students, staff, and faculty in a number of different capacities. She joined the department of English in spring 2011, where she now serves as Assistant Director of Academic Services.


Chris Wheeler, Coordinator


Chris Wheeler graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Music in Performing Arts Management in 2012.  He loves all kinds of music from Baroque and Jazz to Jam Bands and Heavy Metal.  During college, Chris worked at a number of record labels as well as non-profit music organizations which focused on providing music education to underserved communities in Chicago.  He has worked in education in the Phoenix area since 2013.  Now he is an Academic Coordinator for the Department of English where he handles scheduling and advising.  Chris is currently pursuing his MBA with the W.P. Carey School of Business here at ASU. 

1.  How do I make an advising appointment?

Advising appointments are made online at https://english.clas.asu.edu/student-life/undergraduate-experience/undergraduate-advising. Click on the calendar icon to schedule your appointment. 


2.  How long are the appointments and when are they available?

Appointments are 30 minutes and are available weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Appointments can be booked up to two weeks ahead of time, and advanced booking is recommended.

Should you be unable to schedule within available hours, please contact the advising office to review other possible options.


3.  How can I meet with an advisor if I'm an ASU online student or currently out of the area?

We prefer students meet with us in person whenever possible. However, for students who are out-of-state, studying online or unable to travel to campus, phone appointments may be arranged using the online appointment scheduling system. 


4.  Is there anything I should do to prepare for my advising appointment?

Yes! In order for you and your advisor to make the best use of your appointment time, we request that you review your DARS report and major map and that you bring a list of questions.

5.  What is a DARS report and how do I find mine?

DARS stands for “Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).” This is the system ASU uses to track your progress toward degree requirements.  You can access your DARS report from your MyASU page. Follow the instructions here to run and interpret your report.

6. When should I see an advisor? 

Any time you want! If you are a freshman or transfer student, you are required to seek advising before you are able to schedule your classes. You also might be required to meet with advising for academic status or critical tracking issues. But you can also come see us for any academic questions, including degree requirements, selecting classes, academic success strategies, or locating campus resources and opportunities. 

7.  I think I need an override to get into an English or FMS class.  What should I do?

For overrides or questions about First Year Composition classes, please email writingprograms@asu.edu. For other ENG and FMS courses, or for other types of overrides, contact englishadvising@asu.edu or schedule an appointment.

8. I’m not an English or Film and Media Studies major yet, but I’d like to be. Will you meet with me?

Yes! Academic advisors meet with both current and prospective majors. We’ll provide you with information you need to choose the option that works best for you.

9. How do minors and certificates work?

Earning a minor or certificate enhances your degree by demonstrating that you have some proficiency in a subject area outside your major area of study.  If you want to add a minor or certificate to your major, you can start by talking with an advisor for your major or for the minor or certificate.

10. I’m an English or FMS major now, but I’ve decided I want to change my major. What should I do?

We’ll be sorry to see you go, but we understand that sometimes students’ plans change. Please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in the department that offers the new major. They can help you figure out if it’s a good fit for you and explain your new degree requirements. The new advisor will be the one to change your major.


11. I am interested in pursuing a double major (concurrent degree). How do I get started?

First, check to make sure you meet the criteria set forth by the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences to pursue a concurrent degree. You can find that information here. If you meet the criteria, your next step is to schedule appointments with advisors from both majors to review requirements and complete the necessary paperwork.

12.  Where can I get more information about honors contracts and completing my thesis in ENG or FMS?

Refer to Barrett, the Honors College for the most up-to-date information on honors contracts as well as the thesis or creative project.

The Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers degrees in English and Film and Media Studies. 

BA English

Students may choose from one of five concentrations: 

Creative Writing - Major Map - Check Sheet

Literature requirement course list - Fall 2018

Creative Writing majors must submit a portfolio around their junior year to advance to the 400 level courses.  Learn more

 Literature - Major Map - Check Sheet

Areas and Periods course list - Fall 2018

NEW!  ACCELERATED B.A. (4+1) - English literature + MA literature - Learn more

Linguistics - Major Map - Check Sheet

ACCELERATED B.A. (4+1) - English linguistics + MTESOL program - Learn more

Secondary Education -Major Map - PDF iconCheck Sheet

Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies - Major Map - Check Sheet

ASU Online - English (no concentration) - Major Map - Check Sheet

CLAS ENG course list - Fall 2018

BA Film and Media Studies 

On campus and ASU Online - Film and Media Studies - Check Sheet (admitted before fall 2017) - Major Map - Check Sheet (admitted fall 2017 and after)

        Emphasis areas course list - Fall 2018 Online - Fall 2018 Tempe

Minors/BIS Emphasis Areas 

The Department of English offers minors to both on campus and ASU Online students.  All minors can also be used as BIS concentrations. To add a minor, please contact either your major advisor or an advisor in the department of your desired minor.

ENG Literature - Tempe - Check Sheet
ENG Linguistics - Tempe - Check Sheet
English - Online - Check Sheet
Film and Media Studies - Tempe and Online - Check Sheet

Certificates/BIS Emphasis Areas

Students may enhance their degrees by choosing from a number of different certificate programs. All certificates can also be used as BIS concentrations. Contact English advising to add a certificate to your major.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate - Check Sheet
Writing Certificate Check Sheet