Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Undergraduate Advising

English Advising Office

English Building, Room 200
608 S. Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801 
Phone: 217-333-4346 
Fax: 217-333-4321


Office Hours:

  • Scheduled appointments (30 mins): Mon - Fri 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Walk-in periods (15 minutes): Mon - Fri 11:00 a.m. - noon and (excluding Weds) 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call the advising office administrator Angela Smith at 333-4346. We do not schedule appointments via email.

A NOTE ABOUT FALL 2014 OFFICE HOURS: during the first two weeks of the semester, when it is very busy, all appointments will be kept to 15 minutes. I will strive to meet your immediate needs, and if we need to we can schedule a follow-up to discuss those issues that require more time and thought.



The English Department staffs two full-time academic advisors to serve students who major in English, Teaching of English, and Creative Writing, and students who minor in English.

Advisors meet with students to talk about program requirements, to plan out coursework, and to discuss career planning and professional development.

If you are a prospective student, we welcome the opportunity to talk to you about the strengths of our department and about the varied and interesting careers that a degree in English or Creative Writing may lead to. Please feel free to contact us by email if you have questions, or call our office to set up an appointment with an advisor.

To find out about upcoming events, learn about internship opportunities, or to access recent English advising news digests, please go to our News & Notes page.



We provide orientation and registration advising for students entering the University as freshmen or transfer students. After initial contact, academic advising is voluntary except for mandatory freshmen advising for spring term. We do encourage all majors to visit our office at least once every semester to be certain they are on track as they progress through the major. We especially urge graduating seniors to see us before they register for their final year and then again before the final semester.

We are also Study Abroad advisors for majors and all students taking English courses abroad for credit. Students see us to approve courses before and/or after studying abroad.

The advising office has a variety of information of interest to majors including:

  • Curriculum lists for our majors/minors
  • English honors program overview, rules, and thesis contracts (Engl 391)
  • Independent study forms (Engl 290)
  • Course description booklets for each term
  • LAS rules for intra or inter college transfers
  • English Department scholarships

Several bulletin boards just outside and inside the office hold timely posters and notices of interest to majors.