English Department Advisement

Fall 2019

The advising office is open 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday.

Keep your eyes on your email. The advising office sends messages about events, deadlines, workshops, lectures, book clubs, or advisement for advance registration, among other relevant information.


Email: EngAdv@albany.edu
Visit: Humanities 381
Call: 518.442.4095

Academic advisor: Karen Williams

Advisor: Audrey Peterson-McCann

Degree Audits

You MUST bring a newly run copy of your degree audit with you in order to be advised. Your audit may be on paper or on your laptop, provided your laptop has a full-size screen. If you plan on bringing in your audit on your laptop be sure you can access it and have it pulled up BEFORE you come for advisement (Microsoft products, like Internet Explorer, work better with University systems than products like Safari). If you cannot easily access your audit you will be asked to return with a paper copy. If your audit is more than 48 hours old you will be asked to return with a newer version. You can find your degree audit on MyUAlbany under the academics tab.


The Advisor Verification Number (AVN) is the key that unlocks your registration options on myualbany each semester. AVNs are distributed from about the 6th week of the semester through the last day of classes. In order to receive an AVN you must come to HU381 during office hours with a newly printed degree audit and meet with a member of the advisement staff. At the end of the meeting you will be given a summary of what was discussed, as well as your AVN.

Faculty Mentor

English and Journalism majors have faculty mentors assigned by the advising office. Faculty mentors will be with students through their careers as English or Journalism majors. Faculty mentors are a resource for students, and hopefully students will develop relationships with their mentors over the course of time. A mentor does not replace academic advising, but offers a place within the department to talk about careers, graduate schools, foci within the major, or other information about the department and our courses. Students should strive to see their faculty mentors at least once per academic year, in addition to their advising session every semester.

Advisement Tips

Always bring a newly accessed copy of your DARS audit. If you do not bring a copy of your DARS audit, you will be asked to return with one at a later time. Please save them, as they are the only record of your academic progress.

You can be advised even if there is a "hold" on your account. Do not wait until the hold is resolved to be advised.

Students who may not return the following semester should also be advised. It is better to have a plan you don't use, than not have one when you need it.

English majors can meet with any one of the advisement staff for AVNs. For all other advisement issues please make an appointment with the Advisement officer or visit during a period outside of advance registration advisement.

Fill in any forms you need to have evaluated or signed as completely as possible prior to your arrival.

The last advisee is seen 15 minutes before the office closes. Students who are not seated with a staff member by about 15 minutes before the posted closing time will be asked to return the next day. No exceptions.

Seniors are restricted from taking 100 level courses. Be sure you have completed your general education and 100 level requirements before you have earned 88 credits.

If you plan on taking courses outside of the University or abroad it is important to have your courses evaluated before you sign up and pay your fees to be sure the course/s will come into your major or count toward a requirement or credits.

Making an advising appointment

The following screen shots will direct through the process of making an advising appointment on Navigate, our UAlbany Advantage Success system.

Log into Navigate, UAlbany Advantage Success, and click on the blue "Make an Appointment" button.

Select "Departmental Advising," then "English," then select "20 minute English Appt." Click "Next."

Select "English," then "Karen Williams." When you come to the office you can meet with any available advisor for your appointment. Click "Next."

You can now select your appointment from any blue box. There are usually multiple appointments available within each period of the day. Click "Next" to complete your appointment.

Useful Links

Guide to the English Major: A more in depth look at the English Major, its requirements, and its opportunities.

Scholarships, Awards and Prizes. There are both English Department and University-wide scholarships or fellowships that are available to English majors. Note that many of these awards are initiated by faculty. If you are interested contact a faculty member to nominate you.

English Department Creative Writing Awards. These awards are by submission. The submission deadline is in mid-March.

Undergraduate Research Conference. The third paragraph contains a link to a document describing the application process. The deadline for applications is in March.

English Department Undergraduate Research Conference. This annual conference offers English majors an opportunity to present exceptional research projects.