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Frequently Asked Questions

by Daniel Tripp — Posted Jul 29, 2013 08:21 AM

Which courses count towards the 400-level pre-1800 literature requirement?

ENGL 301M (controlled for honors students), 405, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 446, 447, and 448 fulfill this requirement.

Which courses count towards the 400-level post-1800 race, gender, ethnic, and minority literatures requirement?

ENGL 404, 426, 427,428, 431, 449, 461, 462, 463, 466, 467, 468, 469, 489, 490, and 492 fulfill this requirement.  Some of these courses are cross-listed with other departments; students may enroll under either course designation.

How do I change my major to English or add English as a concurrent major?

Schedule an appointment with Tracey Melnick at http://www.la.psu.edu/advising-appt/.

How do I add an English or Technical Writing minor?

You may use the Minor Declaration application on eLion once you are junior standing or higher.

How do I add internship credits?

Contact Dr. Liz Jenkins, the English internship coordinator, and schedule an interview with her.  After an internship is arranged, she’ll add the internship credits to your schedule.  Her e-mail address is emj2@psu.edu, and she is located in 137 Burrowes Building.

How do I know if a course will count towards my lab GN requirement?

Review the list of approved courses.

Do I need a portfolio review before enrolling in advanced writing courses?  May I repeat these courses?

A portfolio submission is not required for advanced writing courses.  The following courses may be taken twice for credit:  ENGL 412, 413, 415, 422, 423, and 425.

When are course controls removed for 200-level ENGL courses (other than ENGL 202)?

The 200-level ENGL major courses are controlled for English majors until sophomores start scheduling courses.

If I want to take English major requirements abroad, how will I know if they will count?

Students may obtain pre-approval of courses to determine how potential courses would count towards their major requirements.  The English undergraduate director, Dr. Scott Smith, reviews these courses.  His e-mail address is sts12@psu.edu.

How do I add ENGL 202H?

Interested students must use the online application for course registration.

How do I add ENGL 250 and prepare for becoming a writing tutor?

If you are interested in becoming a writing tutor, complete a writing tutor application or contact  Jon Olson, Scholar in Residence for Writing, in 206 Boucke Building, or call him at 865-6383.