You will be assigned an advisor when you declare English as your major, but you are welcome to change your advisor at any time. There are two ways to change your advisor. If you have a specific professor in mind, ask him or her whether he or she would be willing to work as your advisor. Or, you can ask one of the department secretaries to assign you a new advisor.
When you’re assigned your advisor, you will also be given the name and contact information of one of the department’s Student Advisory Committee members. The members of this group are experienced English majors who will be happy to discuss the major with you from their own perspective as students. In general the Student Advisory Committee helps with the recruitment of English majors and serves as a consulting group for the faculty. You are welcome to join this committee; invitations go out each year early in the fall semester. The names and e-mail addresses of all students on the committee are also posted here.
If in a given semester your advisor is on leave from Villanova, the department will assign you a temporary advisor. Or, you can ask a professor you already know to advise you for the semester in question.
Feel free to consult with your advisor whenever questions about the major arise—or even when you desire more casual conversation about literature and life. But it is still your responsibility to map out your classes and stay on course for completing the major. Try to do this work in advance of meeting with your advisor to discuss registration plans.
If you have a double major, make sure that you have been assigned a separate advisor for each major. You need to satisfy all of the requirements for one major and the major requirements for the second major. In other words, the CAPP for only one of the majors has to show everything as “met.” For the other major, as long as your major requirements are met, you’re fine. To give an example, if you have a double major in English and Communication, and your Communication CAPP is complete with the Fine Arts slot filled by an English course, then you don’t need an additional course to fill the Fine Arts slot that appears on the English major CAPP as “unmet” (on that CAPP, the Fine Arts slot will be listed as “unmet” because the course that counted for Fine Arts on the Communication CAPP will appear among the English major courses.)
The English department has two specialized advisors:
Take advantage of the English department’s Course-Planning Chart to keep track of the requirements you have fulfilled and still need to fulfill. The chart is available through the department’s webpage, through your advisor, and at the department’s office.
As an English major, you have the opportunity to design a track for yourself. A track allows you to give focus to your major by concentrating on a specific literary area, genre, or topic. See the "Tracks" webpage.
If you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher as an English major and overall, you can serve as a teaching assistant when you are a senior. You receive three credits for a teaching assistantship, and the course counts as an elective for the major. See the “Teaching Assistantship” webpage.
As an English major, you can receive credit for a variety of internships. All students interested in internships must apply through the Internship Office (SAC 107; 610-519-4232).
The Office of Education Abroad can answer most questions about studying abroad: www.villanova.edu/villanova/provost/abroad.html. You should also discuss your choice of courses with your advisor. If you have a number of other transfer credits, be aware that in a few cases the number of credits that you may take while abroad may be limited: the college’s rules require that at least half the courses for your major, and for graduating overall, be ones you have taken at Villanova.