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General Questions

Can I take upper-level English courses if I'm not a major?

In most cases, sure. Many upper-level classes have only ENG 110 or a 200-level English course as a prerequisite. If a course piques your curiosity, go for it!

What if a class I want is filled? Can I get an override?

Overrides are granted at the discretion of individual instructors, whose policies vary greatly. For detailed suggestions on how to get an override, see our tips.

Questions about General Education Courses

If I'm transferring from another college with General Education courses, how can I determine whether they'll satisfy UWL's Gen Ed requirements?

Consult UW's system-wide Transfer Information System, which will tell you whether and how a course from another UW campus will transfer to UWL. If you have credits from a non-UW course, you may need to submit a syllabus to determine which UWL course, if any, is equivalent.

How can I choose the best 200-level English course for me to satisfy the "Humanistic Studies" General Ed requirement?

The following courses satisfy the "Humanistic Studies" requirement: ENG 200, Literature and Human Experience, is a general introduction to literature. Each instructor, however, chooses a different emphasis or unifying theme, so you should check the timetable to see what your options are. ENG 201 and 202 cover American Literature, before and after 1865, respectively. ENG 203 and 204 cover British Literature, before and after 1800, respectively. ENG 205 and 206 cover Western Literature, before and after the Renaissance, respectively. We encourage you to choose the course that is most likely to stimulate your curiosity and support your life goals.

Why do some 200-level courses not satisfy this GE requirement?

Some 200-level courses satisfy other GE requirements. For example, ENG 220, Women and Popular Culture, falls under the "Self and Society" category, while ENG 207, 208, 210, and 215 fall under the "International and Multicultural Studies" category.

Can I take a second 200-level course at UWL, and will it count toward my major (or minor)?

You may take another 200-level course to satisfy a second GE requirement. However, only 300- and 400-level courses count toward majors and minors.

Questions about the English Major

How and when do I declare a major (or minor) in English?

When you're ready to change your major to English, or to add an English minor, you can get a Change of Program Form from the College of Liberal Studies Office in 235 Morris Hall.You can file the petition any time before midterm. After that, you'll need to wait until the next semester. Don't feel pressured, however, to declare your major right away. Whereas education, business, and the sciences, for example, require an early decision, you have plenty of time to decide about becoming an English major. As long as you've taken ENG 110 and a 200-level course by the end of your second year, you'll be ready to pursue upper-level studies in English.

Should I consider a major (or minor) in English? How will I know if it's right for me?

English teaches students to think critically about life issues and to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively. What employer would not want to hire someone with those skills? It's much easier to train new employees to use specialized equipment or software than it is to train them to think and write well.

How do I get an English adviser? Can I choose one myself?

Once you do the paperwork to declare yourself an English major, the department will assign you an adviser. However, if you know a faculty member you'd like to work with and he/she agrees, you can request to have this person be your adviser.

May I continue under the "old" graduation requirements for English majors, or am I subject to the "new" system (either Literature or Writing/Rhetoric emphasis)?

Those students who entered UWL before fall 2005 have the option of continuing along the "old" English major. Those who entered UWL after fall 2005 must (and others may) elect to choose one of the two emphases within the new major: Literature or Writing/Rhetoric.

Should I take ENG 301 (Foundations of Literary Studies), and if so, when?

This course is required of all students majoring or minoring in the English Education emphasis or the Literature emphasis. It should be taken as soon as possible, because it forms the foundation of all future literary studies.

Why have so many English courses been re-numbered? Is there a difference between courses with 300 numbers and those numbered 400 and above?

Courses have been re-numbered to group them more logically according to subject matter.Also, most 300-level courses are meant to be foundational. They serve as an introduction to a literary or writing genre, or to a historical period in literature. Most 400-level courses present more advanced topics that build upon one or more 300-level course. This is not to suggest that 400-level courses are "harder," or that they're designed only for seniors. Nevertheless, when preparing a two-year plan for your major, consider starting with 300-level courses (including ENG 301), especially if you plan to take 400-level course in similar areas. However, if a course is only offered in alternate years, you need to grab it when you can.

Can I earn English credits for an internship, and how can I find an appropriate internship for me?

To find an internship, check with Career Services, watch for notices on bulletin boards, or even call an employer and offer your services as an intern. If you get an internship that involves substantial writing or other work related to English, you may want to earn credit under ENG 450, English Internship. You need to find a faculty member who's willing to monitor your work and verify that the work produced is appropriate for the number of credits (2-6) agreed upon. Grading for ENG 450 is pass/fail.

If you are minoring in Professional Writing, you will take ENG 452 (Professional Writing Practicum) simultaneously with your internship. 

When and how should I apply for graduation?

During the semester before you plan to graduate, you need to meet with an adviser in the College of Liberal Studies to go over your SNAP report and verify that you're on target to graduate. You should also visit the graduation requirements site.