Frequently Asked Questions
About Majoring and Minoring in English...
How do I major in English (how do I declare my major)?
If you are an NYU CAS student, simply declare online! If you are an NYU student who isn't in CAS, ask your home school advisor to help you declare (usually they give you a form for us here in the English dept. to sign). If you aren't an NYU student, first seek admission to NYU, then declare your English major!
Why should I major in English?
That will differ for each individual, but you may want to sift through our English Major of the Month Page--each student lets the world know why they chose to major in English. You can also feel free to stop by and chat with us if you think you might be interested in majoring but want to learn more first.
How many courses do I have to take for the English major?
10 courses: ENGL-UA 101 Introduction to the Study of Literature, three of the four Literatures in English (ENGL-UA 111,112,113,114), one Pre-1800 course, one Critical Theories and Methods course, one Senior Seminar (ENGL-UA 950-976), and three ENGL-UA electives.
What is the course load difference between the major and the minor?
The minor is only 5 courses: ENGL-UA 101 Introduction to the Study of Literature, one of the four Literatures in English (ENGL-UA 111,112,113,114), and three ENGL-UA electives.
What if I declare a minor and decide I would rather major, or vice versa?
You can change it later, no worries. Just let us know and we can help swap that around!
What exactly should I major in?
We have three distinct major paths in the English department: English Literature, English Literature with a Creative Writing Concentration, and Dramatic Literature. You can find what courses the English majors require here, and the Dramatic Literature requirements here.
How is the Creative Writing Track different than the regular English major?
The Creative Writing Track in the English major is a 12 course major, with an added focus on creative writing. It culminates in a polished creative writing project you work on during your senior year.
ENGL-UA 101 Introduction to the Study of Literature, three of the four Literatures in English (ENGL-UA 111,112,113,114), ENGL-UA 201 Reading as a Writer, one Pre-1800 course OR one Critical Theories and Methods course, one Senior Seminar (ENGL-UA 950-976), two ENGL-UA electives, two consecutive CRWRI-UA workshops, and your final Creative Writing Capstone Project.
Are the Creative Writing Track and Creative Writing Minor different?
Yes! You can learn more about the minor here. The minor in creative writing consists of 4 CRWRI-UA workshops, and is managed by the creative writing program, which is a separate program from English. The English major with the creative writing track, is just that: a major, in the English department! We recommend doing the minor if you do the major, so you can get the most out of your major.
What does the major/minor in Dramatic Literature look like?
The Major is 10 courses and the minor is 4 courses. For more info about the Dramatic Literature Program and the major/minor, check out our devoted pages.
When should I declare my major?
As soon as you want! There is no specific deadline, but if you want the best advisement and to take major classes, the sooner the better.
Who can I talk to if I want to know more about the major?
The Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Directors of the Drama Lit program and/or Creative Writing Track, and/or the Undergraduate Administrator, Mary Mezzano.
I declared my major--now what?
Stay in contact! Read the emails the department sends out--your NYU email inbox is the official means of communication between you and the English department. Meet regularly with your English major advisors and your English professors. We are here to help!
Will my English advisor clear me to register for classes?
Once you declare, you come to your major department for pre-registration clearance and advising. The specific dates and times for this advising will be sent out via email!
Can my AP or IB credits count toward the major?
The English department does not count AP or IB credits toward the major. However, CAS may take them and apply them toward CAS credit. Talk to your CAS Advisor about counting AP or IB credit toward CAS requirements.
Can I count my Text and Ideas course toward the major?
Yes, but only if it was taught by an English Professor.
Can I count my Freshman Seminar toward the major?
Maybe, but only if it was taught by an English Professor. You will need to discuss that approval with your English Advisor.
About English Advisors...
Who is my English Major Advisor?
As an English major, you have multiple people you can go to for advising: the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Prof. Greg Vargo, the Undergraduate Administrator, Mary Mezzano, the Director of the Drama Lit Program, Prof. Brandn Woolf, and the Director of the Creative Writing Track, Prof. Jess Row. They can help you with general questions, registration clearance, transfer credits, degree progress updates, and more.
You may have one person listed in Albert as your English advisor, but feel free to meet with anyone listed above for advising. Similarly, if Albert isn't showing anyone as your major advisor, you can still come meet with anyone listed above for advising.
What if I already have a CAS Advisor?
Your English advisor is different from your CAS Advisor. Your CAS Advisor will be your advisor for all general degree and university questions. Your English advisor will be there for all major related questions. It is best to stay in contact with both CAS Advising and your English Advisors regularly to make sure you are on track with all your various requirements!
I'm an English minor--do I have an English Advisor?
Like our majors, you have multiple people you can go to for advising. Visit this page to see the English advisors and book an appointment. You don't necessarily have to come in for advising as often as you should go to your major department, but feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!
Where can I find my English Advisor(s)?
Your English advisors will all be found in 244 Greene St.
Can I set up an appointment with an advisor?
Why do I need an English advisor?
1) To make sure you are on track with your major progress. Your English advisors specialize in helping you complete your major. We have answers/insights your CAS advisor might not have, specifically about your major.
2) To be there for you if you have any major/English dept. related questions or concerns.
3) To discuss your academic interests/pursuits/career goals/life. Need advice about going to grad school? Or about jobs after school? Or which professors specialize in Queer Theory? We can have a conversation with you and help answer questions you might have or direct you to an expert!
About Studying Abroad...
I want to study abroad. What is my first step?
To enroll in any of the courses offered abroad, students must first apply to the Study Abroad program through the Office of Global Programs.
Where should I Study Abroad?
There are multiple sites to choose from, including London, Sydney, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Buenos Aires, Florence, Prague, Madrid, and Tel Aviv. London has the most course offerings for an English major/minor, but most other sites at least offer one or two electives you can count toward your major/minor. For more info on what courses count, see our dedicated study abroad page.
OK, I know where I am going! How can I get registration clearance for my study abroad courses?
The same way you usually get cleared for courses--by meeting with an English Advisor during the pre-registration clearance period.
For more information about studying abroad as an English major or minor, please check out our dedicated page.
About Transfer Students and Transfer Credits...
How do I know which of my previous school's courses will transfer towards the completion of the NYU English major?
By meeting with an English Advisor with your syllabi. Once we go over the syllabi, we can let you know what your courses will count toward and enter the info in Albert.
Here is the general step-by-step process for that:
Transfer Credits from Outside Institutions
If you have taken English courses from an institution other than NYU and would like to have them count toward the English major, be sure to follow these steps:
1. Contact your CAS Advisor and follow the necessary steps provided by them, including submitting your transcript from the non-NYU institution, to have transfer credits approved and entered into Albert as CAS general credit.
2. Once your credits have been approved by CAS and entered into Albert, bring the course syllabi to the English department for assessment.
3. After the English Department has assessed the credits, they will enter that information in Albert so the student can see what courses they have covered by their transfer credits.
NOTE: Transfer Students must complete at least HALF of the required courses for the English major/minor through NYU.
How long will it take for my Transfer Credits to post correctly to my major/minor in Albert?
Generally, weeks to months. It can take a while, but if you have confirmation from the English department, it will happen!
What if I want to transfer from a different school within NYU into the English major?
You can find more info about that here! It is also possible that you may just want to double major in English or Dramatic Lit, which is fine! You would generally declare a double major from a different school through your advisor from your home school (Tisch, Steinhardt, etc.).
About the Honors Program in English...
What is the English Honors program?
The English Honors program supports ambitious and talented majors in researching and writing a 40- to 60-page thesis during their senior year.
What exactly is an Honors Thesis?
The honors thesis is a critical paper of 12,000-18,000 words (approximately 40-60 pages). While writing your honors thesis, you will work individually with a member of the English department faculty. The topic of the thesis is proposed by you and approved by the faculty member who has agreed to direct the thesis.
What kind of topics do Honors students write about?
So many things...you can find a list of students abstracts here and check out what others before you have chosen as their topics!
What is the difference in course load if I do Honors?
It is eight (8) extra credits on top of your major. Honors students fulfill the standard 10 course requirements of all English majors and in addition take two special Honors courses: the yearlong Senior Honors Colloquium (2 credits each semester), and the Senior Honors Thesis (4 credits one semester, or 2 each semester if you prefer--split like the Colloquium). Both of these classes are taken during your senior (or final) year.
How and when do I apply?
Online, and generally in the fall of your Junior year.
Is the application and acceptance process competitive?
Only against yourself! We want any student who wants to do this to have the chance--there is no maximum number of applicant accepted every year. That said, having a good GPA and writing sample is important so we know you will be able to succeed.
May I still apply for the program if I haven't completed all of the requirements listed on the page?
Yes! Just let us know (in the application) what you have completed and how you plan to finish up the rest of the major, so we can make sure that adding Honors to your workload will not hinder your performance in the major.
May I still apply for the program if my GPA is below 3.65?
Yes, but do know that you need to graduate with at least a 3.65 to officially receive "Honors," so if your GPA is lower than that at application time, you will need to work on raising it before your final year (and potentially through your final year).
How do I learn more?
Check out our dedicated page for the Honors Program.
About Internships and Earning Credit...
Does the English Department offer academic credit for internships?
Does the English department find an internship for me?
No, although some publishers/companies do send us postings that we then send out to you all via email--read those emails! Otherwise, finding internships is up to you, and in NYC there are plenty. We usually recommend calling the Human Resources department of the company you want to intern for, and tell them you are looking for an internship. This is how most students find something!
Why do I have to attend a class if I am working at an internship?
If you want to earn academic credit for an internship, there has to be an in-class/academic component.
What if I have a problem with my internship and/or need to quit my internship before the semester is over?
Talk to your Internship Seminar Instructor. This wouldn't usually happen, but each case is different. An in-person discussion is always best.
Can I count the Internship Seminar toward my major/minor?
No--but it will count toward your overall CAS credits for graduation.
Can I take the internship seminar if I will be paid for my internship?
Yes, you can!