Getting Registered for Classes

English Major

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Welcome to the Department of English at the University at Albany. English majors undertake a variety of challenging coursework aimed at cultivating effective writing and critical reading skills, as well as providing a sense of the development of literature and its relation to society. The English department offers a range of programs and extra-curricular activities designed to compliment the major, including an English Honors program, a chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, internship opportunities, and a student-staffed Writing Center. Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in writing, editing, publishing, teaching, law, medicine, and many other fields in which effective communication and research skills are essential.

The MAP (Major Academic Pathway) shows how the English major might be completed in four years. As a transfer student it is important for you to use your Degree Audit Report (DARS) to determine what you’ve already completed and what is left for you to finish at Albany. As you do this, please consider the following information that we have found to be important to transfer students:

English Major Curriculum (36cr):

Core Courses (9cr): The English major requires the completion of four core courses, offered in the fall and spring semesters every year. Transfer students in English are advised to take the core courses in the following sequence:

Semester 1:    AEng205z: Introduction to Writing in English Studies
AEng210: Introduction to English Studies 
Note: a grade of “C” or better is required in AEng 210 to have it count toward the major and as a 400-level prerequisite.

Semester 2:    AEng305z: Studies in Writing about Texts

Elective Courses (27cr):
a. Nine credits in English at the 200 level or above, 6 credits of which come from survey courses: ENG261, American Literary Traditions; ENG291, British Literary Traditions Beowulf to Milton; ENG292 British Literary Traditions 17th century to present; ENG295 Classics of Western Literature; ENG297 Postcolonial Traditions
b. Twelve credits in English at the 300 level or above.
c. Six credits in English at the 400 level (should be taken during senior year). 

Previous Coursework: While the University at Albany has a particularly large transfer equivalency databank, the English major is widely variable across institutions. There may be instances in which your coursework at a previous institution does not have a University at Albany equivalent. If you find previous coursework has not been applied to the major, it may be re-evaluated by the English department with supporting documentation (syllabus, course description, written work from the course, etc).

Course Load: English majors are advised to take a maximum of three courses in English during any one semester. Plan to round out your schedule with minor, general education classes and/or electives.

Minors: English majors are required to complete a minor.  For a list of minors and the courses required to complete them, click here.

Future Advisement: The English Department’s Office of Undergraduate Advisement is open week days (see our website for hours). In future semesters, you will be expected to visit the office before your registration window opens in order to obtain your AVN (Advisement Verification Number). Advisement sessions last approximately 15 minutes and you will need to have a newly printed copy of your DARS with you when you arrive.

Email: UAlbany e-mail is an official means of communication for the University at Albany. The English department expects that students check their UAlbany e-mail account “frequently and consistently” in accordance with university policy as stated in the undergraduate bulletin. Students' Official University Email Policy

The Registration Process:

Step 1:Read through the remainder of the Welcome website, and be sure to look for communication from your English department advisor.

Step 2: Thoroughly read the courseplan and information your advisor sends you. Please ask any questions or address any course concerns at this time.

Step 3: Once you and your advisor have agreed on a reasonable first semester, you will be sent your Advisor Verification Number (AVN) which unlocks your registration options in My UAlbany. 

Step 4: You will enter your AVN under the tab for academics on My UAlbany, and then proceed to add courses following the directions on the transfer orientation website. Once you are registered, your advisor will review your schedule to be sure everything has gone according to plan.

Step 5: On Orientation Day you will have the opportunity to meet with your advisor in person to discuss any remaining questions or concerns.

We look forward to talking to and emailing with you to learn about your plans for college. The English Department Advisor is available for University scheduled transfer advising May 23, June 20, August 1, August 22, and August 24; for departmental advising July 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21 10:00-1:00 in the Humanities Building 354, and  by appointment. Please e-mail to confirm a meeting time, or call (518)442-4095..