Advising FAQs

1. How do I make an advising appointment?

1. How do I make an advising appointment?

Advising appointments are made online at https://english.clas.asu.edu/advising.

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

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 through 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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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, fill out this online form.

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.