English Undergraduate Advising
Quick To Hand Guide
I. ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A. English Writing 112 with a grade of ‘B' or better is a pre-requisite for students to enroll in English 200.
English 200 is a major requirement; students must receive a minimum grade of ‘B-' to proceed in the major.
English 200 is a pre-requisite for students to enroll in English 201, 202, and Junior Year Writing.
B. To advance in the major before or while taking 200, students can take Shakespeare, American Identities, the second American course, or 300-level courses that will count as upper-level electives.
C. The equivalent of English 202 is any multi-author course, 1700-1900. The equivalent of English 201 is any pre-1700 British literature course that includes some Medieval literature.
D. Independent Study courses should not be used for the Junior-Year Writing requirement.
E. One course can count for 2 requirements but then the student needs another elective (total number of courses must be 11 ).
F. Students normally can transfer a maximum of 3 courses from other institutions, including the 4 Colleges, study abroad, and Continuing Education. Requests for additional transfers for Study Abroad should be approved by the Director or Chief Advisor.
G. Double major students must take their Jr-Yr Writing course in their primary major. Dual degree students must take Jr-Yr Writing courses in both their primary and secondary majors.
H. English and General Education courses CANNOT be taken Pass/Fail if they are to be used to fulfill requirements (both University and major).
I. On the Undergraduate webpage students can find 5 college courses and their UMass course equivalents. Students sign up for these courses in the Five College Interchange Office, Goodell 614. Students can enroll in these courses only during the first week of registration and add/drop at the start of the semester.
II. WHERE TO SEND STUDENTS FOR ADDITIONAL ADVISING
A. General Education requirements: Registrar's Office, 213 Whitmore, 545-0555
B. College of Arts & Sciences College requirements: E-24 Machmer, 545-2192
C. Honors Program: 504 Goodell, 545-2483
D. Five-College courses (Interchange Office): 614 Goodell, 545-5352
E. Career Services: Caroline Gould or Jeff Silver, 512 Goodell, 545-6257
F. Continuing Education: 100 Venture Way, Suite 201 , Hadley, 545-2414
G. Mental Health Services: Hills North, 545-2337
III. CURRENT REQUISITES
A. English 200: 1 course Intensive Literary Studies Seminar for Intended Majors only and Minors.
B. British literature : 1 course pre-1700 with some coverage of Medieval: ENGL 201, ENGL 311, ENGL 313, ENGL 416, ENGL 502, ENGL 505
1 course 1700-1900: ENGL 202, ENGL 349, ENGL 358, ENGL 359
1 course in Shakespeare: ENGL 221, ENGL 222
B. American literature : 1 American Identities: ENGL 270
1 Additional course 200-level or above
C. Junior-Year Writing : ENGL 300 Junior Year Writing or English 419 Games Thinkers Play.
D. Upper-Level electives : 4 courses at the 300 or 400-level (can be from other departments e.g. Comp-Lit, Afro- Am Studies) or 200-level courses: ENGL 203, ENGL 279, ENGL 297H, or a second course in Shakespeare (ENGL 221, ENGL 222). Only 3 electives can be writing coursses.
NOTE: ENGL 254 does not count as an upper-level elective.
IV. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
(questions? call 545-0555)
A. Writing : 2 courses
(1) College Writing (CW) course or a satisfactory score on the Placement Exam, SAT/Achievement test, or the Advanced Placement test
(1) Junior-Year Writing course satisfied in student's major
B. Social World: 6 courses
(2) courses in the Arts (AT, AL, I, or SI), one of which must be an AL
(1) course in Historical Studies (HS)
(2) courses in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB, I, SI), one of which must an SB
(1) additional course in any of the areas within the Social World (AL, AT, HS, SB, I, or SI)
C. Social and Cultural Diversity: 2 courses
Students who entered UMass after Fall 2002: (1) course United States Diversity ‘U' and (1) course Global Diversity ‘G'. The ‘U' and ‘G' designations may be combined with Social World courses with designations like ALU, ALG, ATU, ATG, HSU, HSG, SBU, SBG, IU, or IG.
Students who entered before Fall 2002: (2) Diversity courses, any combination of the old ‘D' or new ‘U' or ‘G' designations
D. Biological and Physical World : 3 courses
(1) course in Biological Science (BS)
(1) course in Physical Science (PS)
(1) course in Biological or Physical Science: Students who entered UMass before Fall 2005 can satisfy with a BS, PS, Interdisciplinary (I), or Science Interdisciplinary (SI). Students who entered Fall 2005 or after can satisfy with a BS, PS, or SI course.
E. Basic Math Skills (R1/Tier I) : 1 course
(1) course in Basic Math Skills (R1) course or by a satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam or the Basic Math Skills (Tier 1) Exemption Exam.
F. Analytic Reasoning (R2/Tier II) : 1 course
(1) Analytical Reasoning (R2) course NOTE: The following courses may satisfy both the R1 and R2 requirements: Math 113, 121, 127, 128, 131, 132, 135, 136, 233, 235, 236, or 456, Res-Econ 211 or 212, Statistic 111, 140, 501, 515, or 516.
Only (1) course in a student's major may count toward Gen Ed Requirements. However, if a student uses (1) course in their department and that course does not have a Diversity designation (U or G), the student may use a second course in their major to fulfill one of the two Diversity requirements.
V. COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & FINE ARTS REQUIREMENTS
(questions? call 545-6152)
Foreign Language Requirement: required by the College of Arts & Sciences College-students must complete a foreign language through the fourth semester level (Intermediate II or Intermediate Intensive courses numbered 240-249) or
1. Earn degree credit equivalent on the College Board Foreign Language Test, College Board Advanced Placement Test, or demonstrate proficiency in a test designed by a UMass foreign language department.
2. Satisfactory completion in high school of a fourth-level foreign language course or a third-level course in one foreign language and a second-level course in another foreign language.
3. Successful completion of one year in a high school in which English is not the language of instruction.
4. Successful completion of a semester or year's study abroad program that leads to foreign language proficiency at the fourth semester (Intermediate II) level as approved by the appropriate UMass foreign language department.