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English, Writing & Linguistics

Advising Guide

Majors in English select one of three specialty tracks: literature, linguistics, and writing. All tracks feature the same sequence of Common Core classes. Secondary Education Language Arts teaching majors also complete the Common Core. The sections that follow are designed to clarify the recommended order of classes and answer some common questions and provide helpful hints for completing your English major or minor.

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English Coursework and Degree Plans

Early in their studies, students should model their course selection on the 4 year matrices below. Faculty in the English department also strongly recommend that students complete their 100-level LACC courses in Writing and Literature before beginning their 200-level courses.

  • All students are required to pass WR 135 with at least a C- average.
  • When choosing their Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) courses, students who plan on being English majors, minors, and Secondary Education Language Arts majors should take two courses from the ENG 107, 108, and 109 sequence. If you decide to become an English major/minor after completing one course from the 104, 105, 106 sequence, you should consider switching over to the 107, 108, 109 sequence for your second course.
  • Students should enroll in ENG 218w (formerly ENG 223w) as early as possible, as it is the prerequisite for many literature courses. LING 210 is the prerequisite for LING 315 (LING 215 in previous years).
  • Non-English majors/minors can satisfy their LACC requirement in different ways. One is by taking any two courses from: ENG 104, ENG 105, ENG 106, ENG 107, ENG 108, ENG 109, FR 110D, GL 110D.  Another is by taking one of those classes, plus either LING 210 or any 3-4 credit foreign language class. Most students who plan to enter the Education program should strongly consider LING 210 as their second LACC course, as it is a prerequisite for LING 315, a required course. However, Secondary Education Language Arts majors should take two literature courses from the ENG 107, 108, 109 sequence; ENG 107 is highly recommended.
  • All 300 & 400-level non-creative writing courses in the Writing (WR) curriculum will fulfill writing intensive requirements.. In other words, WR 360, 361, 460, and 461 do not count as writing intensive; all other upper-division WR courses do.

In their senior year -- preferably three terms before graduation -- students should complete the appropriate Degree Plan in consultation with their advisor, then file it with the Registrar's Office. Students may also wish to visit the Academic Advising and Learning Center, also linked below.

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List of Faculty Advisors

Faculty in the English department share advising duties and can advise on any major or minor track. Students can also select any professor as their advisor. To assist a student in choosing an advisor, the following list categorizes faculty by their professional specialties.

  • Literature Advisors: Kit Andrews, Ann Bliss, Henry Hughes, Marjory Lange, Tom Rand, Curtis Yehnert
  • Linguistics Advisors: David Hargreaves, Cornelia Paraskevas and Uma Shrestha
  • Writing/Creative Writing Advisors: Meg Artman, Katherine Schmidt, Henry Hughes, Curtis Yehnert
  • Humanities Majors and Minors: Any tenure-track faculty member in the Humanities Division can advise the Humanities major/minor; a student unsure about whom to contact can consult with the division chair for advice on choosing an advisor.
  • Honors Program: Gavin Keulks
  • Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School Language Arts Focus Areas: Cornelia Paraskevas
  • Secondary Education Language Arts: any Literature or Linguistics advisor

Students seeking initial licensure for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle or High School authorizations should also see Dr. Mary Reynolds or Dr. Gwenda Rice in the College of Education. For more information on the Bachelor of Arts/Science degrees in Education, please visit the Division of Teacher Education advising page.


English, Writing & Linguistics Department (503) 838-8377 | or e-mail: shrestu@wou.edu

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