Important Announcement:

The Department of English has transitioned to a remote work environment. While the office will continue to operate from a distance, we are hoping to dramatically reduce face-to-face interactions to limit potential exposure to the virus. We encourage you to seek your answers online at If you have specific questions, we ask that you reach out to us via email at one of the contacts listed below. Emails are more easily answered remotely than phone calls. We promise to respond as quickly as we possibly can to all inquiries.

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Undergraduate Handbook 2019-20

shadow2.jpgOn behalf of the advising office, we welcome you to learn more about our undergraduate programs in English. One of the largest degree programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, the English department allows students to specialize in one of three tracks: Literature, Media, and Culture; Creative Writing; or Editing Writing and Media. Students may also pursue other specialized programs such as Honors in the Major, or they may enroll in independent courses of study.

With the dedication of our faculty, the many opportunities on campus, and the excellence of our programs, students receive a state-of-the-art education that provides the necessary knowledge and skills for a professional career in many diverse fields. We hope you find our web page informative. Feel free to contact the English advising office for additional information.

Click here for more information about the advising office and advisors.


We encourage you to come to the advising suite at least once per semester during your stay at FSU in order to make sure that all major, minor, and university requirements are met. All advisors see students on a walk-in-basis. Advisors will help you:

  • declare English as your major;
  • discuss mapping issues or to have mapping holds lifted;
  • make sure you are fulfilling major, minor, and university requirements;
  • find out about internship options and departmental opportunities;
  • discuss post-graduation options;
  • with problems related to your academics;
  • get connected to university resources.

Please note that, due to confidentiality laws, advisors cannot disclose sensitive or specific student data via email or over the phone to parents. Email is intended for general academic inquiries and not as a substitute for in-person advising. Also, please allow at least 24 hours for email turnaround.

Our Advisors:

Jacques Toussaint, Academic Program Specialist: Seniors

457 Williams Building / 850 644 2676 /

Hours: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; 3 p.m.–4 p.m.








Jarmal Desire: Freshmen–Juniors

456 Williams Building /

Hours: Monday–Friday:  9 a.m.–1 p.m.; 2–4 p.m.




Jennifer Lee: Freshmen-Juniors

460 Williams Building /

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m.





Cathy Barrios serves as the Career Liaison for students in these majors: English, Classics, History, Humanities, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Religion.

459 Williams Building /

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1 p.m.–4 p.m. or by appointment.


For questions related to Undergraduate Studies, the English Honors Program, and the department chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international honor society:

rlathan.jpgDr. Rhea Estella Lathan

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

222C Williams Building



The English Major

Please see the Liberal Studies requirements here

Foreign Language: The B.A. degree requires completion of a classical or modern foreign language through the Intermediate Level (2000 level). Most students will need to take three semesters of language to satisfy this requirement. Students with at least a 2.5 GPA may elect to take these courses pass/fail (S/U). Please ask an advisor for details or for information regarding the language placement tests offered at FSU.

Computer Skills Competency: All undergraduates at FSU must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation.  Undergraduate majors in English satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of C- or higher in CGS2060, CGS2064, CGS 2100, or EME2040.

Academic Maps for English Majors: The academic maps are term-by-term sample course schedules. The milestones listed for each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. Not completing a milestone during or before the required term will result in a map hold. Multiple missed milestones could result in you being asked to change your major.

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  • 36 semester hours of English in courses numbered above 1999
  • No more than 12 hours may be at the 2000 level
  • At least 9 hours must be at the 4000 level
  • For Honors in the Major, we can accept 9 of the 12 required hours as applicable to any English concentration. See your advisor for more information.
  • The major can only accept a maximum of 3 hours of overlap with liberal studies
  • All courses applied to the major must have a grade of C- or better



Literature, Media, and Culture

See the academic program guide

Creative Writing

See the academic program guide

Editing, Writing, and Media

See the academic program guide

Directed Individual Study

Special topics or subject areas that are not offered in the regular English curriculum or that are more specialized or narrowly focused may be pursued as Directed Individual Study (DIS). For motivated, independent students with special interest in a particular topic or area of study, the DIS can be an excellent opportunity to explore “off-the beaten-path” subject matter while developing contacts with faculty. However, a student should not ask to take a DIS in a subject that is normally offered.

Faculty members (not instructors, adjuncts, or teaching assistants) and students negotiate DIS hours. In conjunction with a faculty member, students will name their course and provide a brief description of the work to be completed on a DIS form prior to registration. Students can take a DIS course from 1-3 credits per section; students may repeat DIS courses for up to 24 credit hours.

Please note that DIS will only apply to the major as English department elective credit. DIS cannot replace literature or writing requirements in the major.

Minor in English

The minor in English requires 12 credits hours in English classes numbered above 1999. These 12 hours may not include hours taken to fulfill Liberal Studies requirements. ENC 2135 may not count toward minor English courses. ENG 2012 Intro to English Studies may count toward the English minor.

Minor requirement for English Majors

Students must choose a minor in a department outside English. A minor typically consists of 12–15 credit hours. Courses that fulfill liberal studies or others requirements such as Computer Fluency or Foreign Language CANNOT be used for the minor. Students who double major are exempt from the minor requirement.

See the full list of minors offered at FSU here

The Honors Program

Eligibility and Registration To qualify for the Honors in the Major program in English, students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, a 3.75 GPA in all English major coursework, and have completed a minimum of 60 credits hours.

Overview of Program Honors in the Major in English consists of two seminars open to Honors students and two terms of thesis work. Students take 6 hours of Honors Seminar—ENG 4938—and 6 hours of honors thesis—ENG 4936. Students must complete seminars and thesis work in two consecutive semesters, with the exception of summer; students usually complete seminars and thesis work during the semester of senior year.

In order to graduate with Honors in English, the student must have at least a B average in Honors courses and a GPA of 3.2 or better. Students should not begin thesis work unless they know they can maintain and finish with such averages.

For more information about the Honors in the major Program, please see

International English Honor Society: Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The FSU Chapter, Rho Epsilon, was chartered in 1950. With over 775 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean,SigTD_crest.png there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.

The purpose of the Society is to confer distinction for high achievement in all areas of English studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels; to promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; to foster all aspects of the discipline for English, including literature, language, and writing; and to serve society by fostering literacy.

Membership is also open to any graduate student who is enrolled in a graduate program in English or one of its specializations, has completed six semester hours of graduate work, and has a minimum GPA of 3.5. Acceptance into the Society requires verification that the student meets the academic requirements and one-time dues of $45.

For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, please contact Dr. Lathan, Faculty Sponsor (

Internship in Editing

The editing internship allows students to obtain a range of practical experience in editing and professional writing. Variable credit (1–6 semester hours) is possible for an individual internship course. Please note, only 3 credit hours will apply to the English major. In order to register for the internship course, students need to apply for it at The internship course is S/U grade only. Because students receive credit hours for the editing internship (ENC 4942), the university assesses tuition and fees like any other course. For more information, see the internship site.

Literary Life in Tallahassee: Getting Involved as an Undergraduate

Tallahassee has a vibrant literary scene. We encourage undergraduate English majors to take part. Our weekly Visiting Writers Series features illustrious visiting fiction writers and poets, along with FSU faculty and graduate students.

Throughout the year, there are numerous lectures and colloquiums offered for students. Visiting scholars regularly come to the FSU campus and give talks about literature and culture.  

FSU International Programs

FSU offers study abroad programs in countries across the globe, including semester-long programs in London, England; Florence, Italy; Valencia, Spain; and Panama City, Republic of Panama. Although students may elect to pursue intensive language studies or opt for broad curriculum programs in Panama, Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Spain, or China, the London and Valencia programs have course offerings specifically designed for the English Major. Please visit International Programs for up-to-date program information, course offerings, scholarships opportunities, housing, and financial aid.

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Students majoring in English can study British Literature at its source during the fall semester. They may choose among upper-division English courses specific to the English Literature, Media, and Culture program and from courses offered during the fall semester in the London Broad Curriculum program. This allows them to progress toward their degrees on schedule, while gaining the immense benefits of the London experience. As they read works by writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, and Woolf, they can visit the settings of the stories, the homes of the authors, museums exhibits, and see productions of plays.

Editing, Writing, and Media in Valencia, Spain

Students majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media become unofficial foreign correspondents while in Valencia. Students will write a journalistic-style profileValencia.jpgarticle based on their experiences in the Valencia program and learn how to produce an eye-catching design for publication. In addition, they will hone their editing skills for print and social media. At the program’s end, articles are compiled in a magazine that students can show to potential employers or graduate schools. Valencia offers plenty to see, do, and write about: medieval churches, renowned art museums, and European football, just to name a few. Students will be part of the Nomadic Noles, the magazine produced by students in the Editing, Writing, and Media Program during their five weeks of summer classes. This publication gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the editing, writing, design, and social media aspects of publishing.

Editing, Writing, and Media in Italy (EWM in Italy)

This program allows students to complete a substantial portion of the EWM major during the six-week first summer session in Florence, Italy, while taking classes at FSU’s study center in the Palazzo Bagnesi, a 16th-century castle in the heart of the city. Students will participate in all the Broad Curriculum program trips, which typically include sojourns to Rome and Venice, and to a Tuscany vineyard, and will also have opportunities to take an Italian cooking class, to visit an historic kitchen, and to interview writers and book conservators. See this link for more information.


Literary Magazines and Presses

journals.jpgA number of publications make Tallahassee a rich environment for those who enjoy reading and writing. These publications offer valuable opportunities for editorial and production experience.

The Kudzu Review is FSU’s award-winning undergraduate literary magazine showcasing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art.

The Southeast Review is a national literary magazine that publishes fiction and poetry by emerging and established writers from around the country. Students in FSU’s graduate creative writing program edit and publish the Southeast Review.

A local literary press, Anhinga Press, publishes anthologies of poetry and sponsors poetry competitions in Florida and nationwide.

The Apalachee Review (formerly Apalachee Quarterly) is a literary magazine published in Tallahassee by Apalachee Press, a non-profit corporation.

Naiad Press, one of America’s largest feminist presses, also publishes in Tallahassee


Students are required to complete two different graduation checks online (one for the College of Arts and Sciences and one for the Registrar) during the semester in which they will earn their 90th credit hour. For both, you may log on to your myFSU portal and look for a To Do list on the right side of your home page. Both processes will give you a date to pick up the results of your graduation checks, either in the Registrar’s Office or in Longmire 010.

Grad checks are important because they ensure students are on track to completed major, minor, and university requirements by the following term. Please make sure you pick up your grad check when they become available. If you have any questions, please contact the English department advisor for Seniors.

Students must apply for graduation online in the first two weeks of their final semester. Students must apply for graduation even if they do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. See the following website for a walkthrough on how to apply:

Life After the B.A.: Graduate School

A degree in English provides a solid foundation for graduate programs in many areas. Typically, graduate programs require a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA, Graduate Record Examination scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and a statement of intent when considering qualified applicants. Start planning ahead if you plan to attend Graduate School and talk to the department’s advisor for Seniors or Career Advisor.

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