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Advising for Currently Enrolled Students

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 Declared English majors with fewer than 24 semester hours completed are officially advised in the Academic Advising Center, but the advisors are happy to discuss English major requirements at any point in a student’s academic career.

If you are interested in the Pre-Law 3+3 Program as an English major or certain double-majors that are common for English majors, you can find sample plans for those at the bottom of this page.

This video is an introduction to the department and every major should watch it. 

Academic Advisor for English and English & Creative Writing:

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Kate Torno                                                                                                                           

Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In person in 308 on Mondays, Thursdays and Friday

On zoom Tuesday and Wednesday
Phone: 319-335-0457

Kate Torno works with all undergraduate English majors including those interested in the English & Creative Writing major,  English Honors Program, and the Publishing Track.  She works with students who are seeking internships in their senior year.  She also meets with English minors and students considering English coursework for electives

Academic Advisor for English and Creative Writing and Gender Studies and Social Justice:  

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Christine Norquest
Office: 310A EPB  (enter through Zimansky Reading Room, 310, and wait in sitting area)

Hours: Monday and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in 310 EPB

Tuesday: zoom

Wed: 8-10 a.m. in 310 EPB

Thursday: 7:30-1:30 p.m. in 310 EPB

In person in 310 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  In zoom Mon, Tue and Friday

Phone: 319-353-5020

Christine works with all English and English and Creative Writing majors but also knows Social Justice and Gender and Sexual Studies. She was a middle school teacher before becoming an advisor. She has a PhD in English.

Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Schedule an appointment if you have detailed questions about such things as: your degree audit and requirements, study abroad, careers or graduate school opportunities, or you need to complete financial aid (SAP) forms.  Appointments cannot be scheduled during Walk-in Hours.

If you are a declared English major, please use the Online Scheduler.  The scheduler is also found in MyUI under Advising Appointments.   If you are making a full academic plan or have a complicated situation, you might want to schedule two back-to-back appointments to get more time.  

If you are not a declared English major or have trouble scheduling an appointment online, please email Kate at or call the English office at 319-335-0457. 

If you are a prospective student, please contact the Office of Admissions at 319-335-1569 to coordinate a departmental visit along with other campus visit opportunities.

Registration Process:

Registration dates and times are assigned by the Registrar’s Office and are based on the number of semester hours earned and/or special circumstances.  Be sure to check your registration date and time, as well as any possible registration holds that may be on your account, prior to the start of Early Registration.

During Early Registration students are allowed to register for up to 16 semester hours.  Once Early Registration ends, students may register for up to 18 semester hours; in order to take more than 18 hours, students need to seek special permission from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and your advisor's signature on a form.

Although students are encouraged to seek advice and assistance from academic advisors and faculty members, formal responsibility for meeting degree requirements rests with the student.

Pre-Law 3 +3 Program for English Majors

Transfer Students:  If you plan to be at the University of Iowa for only two years, please have completed all four semesters of college level foreign language before you arrive.  Having most of your general education courses (math, science,etc.) done as well would be helpful.  

Understanding Your Degree

You are at The University of Iowa, in the College of Liberal Arts, as an English major.   That means when you graduate you will get a diploma that says Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa.   Your transcript will say that you earned an English major or English and Creative Writing major.  It might also say Publishing track.    If you earn additional majors or minors they will be listed on the transcript.

 If you earn a certificate, you will get a 2nd piece of paper, besides the diploma, and it will say Certificate of X.  If you end up with an office some day the thing that is framed is usually the diploma that says B.A. and any Certificate.   If you are writing a resume, you list B.A. degree from the University of Iowa.  Then you can word your majors, minors and certificates however you choose the wording.  For example an English major might list English major with concentration in British poetry, English major, Creative Writing focus, and minor in Philosophy.  

Career Information:  

English @ Work: ENGL 2040  This 1 s.h. course meets once a week each semester and prepares seniors for their job search and helps them think about their career.  Juniors can also take the course if they are unsure about future plans.  All English majors may attend the English @ Work sessions that host alum to speak about their careers.  Videos from previous alum can be seen on the computer in our Career Corner in 308 EPB. 

Life After College
Students are encouraged to call the Pomerantz Career Center and schedule a meeting with  career center staff as early as your sophomore year to discuss possible internships, work or volunteer opportunities and career exploration.   If you are interested in an internship, please see your advisor during your junior or senior year to discuss opportunities.  Don't wait until your senior year to think about life after college!  See our career page. 

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