Major Advising FAQs

1.Who is my adviser?

Log into WESS and click the adviser link.  Your adviser is listed.  If it is blank, contact the Co-ordinator of English Department Advising and an adviser will be assigned. 

2.  Who is my adviser for teacher education?

After you are formally accepted into the teacher education program, your adviser will be shifted to an English faculty who is specially trained in support of teacher education majors. 

3.  How often should I meet with my adviser?

At least twice per academic year before registering for the next semester.

4.  How many credits do I need to graduate?

The minimum for a BA degree is 120 credits (MSU courses and approved transfer courses) total including 37 credits required for students declaring the English major after Fall 2011. 

5. What are the prerequisites for English major courses?

ENWR 105 and ENWR 106 (College Writing I and College Writing II) are required prerequisites for all English major courses with the following exceptions:

1)  ENFL 208 “Introduction to Film” may be taken at any time.

2) ENWR210 “News Reporting,” ENWR216 “History of Journalism in America,” or ENGL201 “Introduction to Professional and Public Writing” may be taken after the  successful completion of ENWR 105.

6.  Can I apply courses in English department minor programs to the major?

Yes.  Up to six (6) credits from Film Studies, Creative Writing, Professional and Public Writing, or Journalism minors can be applied toward the major.  The minor programs are 18 credits and the major is 37 credits.  Together the major and minor can be completed with 49 credits (18 for the minor and 31 for the major with the overlap).

7.  What is the difference between the University final audit and the English Major Audit?

All students must submit a request to the Registrar for final audit to be eligible to graduate.  In addition, English majors must submit an EMA to their English department adviser to verify completion of the English major.  The Co-ordinator of English Advising will notify graduating seniors about the deadline for filing the departmental EMA.

8.  How do I get into the Teacher education program?

Students must apply to the program.  See Teacher Education links on the English Department Home Page http://www.montclair.edu/chss/english/ and the Center of Pedagogy Home Page http://www.montclair.edu/cehs/academics/centers-and-institutes/cop/

9.  How do I add or drop a minor or major program?

There is a form available at all department offices and at the Center for Advising and Student Transitions: http://www.montclair.edu/student-development-campus-life/center-for-advising-student-transitions/  Fill out the form and get appropriate signatures.

10.  Who makes credit adjustments for general education classes?

First determine which department offers the general education class for which you are seeking credit.   Then visit that department, where an adviser can review the course and grant general education credit if appropriate.   

11.  Can my English adviser make credit adjustments for general education or other requirements?

No.  Your English adviser may only make credit adjustments for English major classes taken at MSU or accepted as transfer credit.

12.  May I receive English department credit for courses taken in other MSU departments?

No, unless the course is cross-listed in both departments. 

13.  What if my Catalog Year is incorrect on my WESS Analysis of Academic Progress?

Contact the Co-ordinator of English Advising.

14.  What if my transfer course(s) does not appear on the WESS Analysis of Academic Progress?

Contact CAST to see if transcripts have been received.

http://www.montclair.edu/student-development-campus-life/center-for-advising-student-transitions/

15.  Which English major  transfer courses require a credit adjustment form and who fills it out?

Courses listed at the end of WESS Analysis of Academic Progress (Audit) as Free Electives require a credit adjustment to move them under the English major.  The credit adjustment form has been distributed to faculty advisers who submit it to the department secretary with a copy to the student.

16.  What documentation is required to determine how transfer classes should apply to the major?

The minimum documentation is the course catalog description from the transfer college or university.  The specific course syllabus is the best documentation.  If you have both, then present them to your adviser who will determine how the course should be applied within the major.

17.  Who decides how transfer courses are applied to the English major?

Your adviser is authorized to make those decisions.  Should you disagree you may appeal to the chair of the English Department.

18.  How do I add transfer courses to EMA when they have been assigned a course equivalency in my WESS analysis of academic progress?

You may add them to your list of major courses in consultation with your faculty adviser:
a.  Select the search function in EMA.
b.  Type in the Montclair State University discipline code and course #.  
c.  Review the detail for each instance of the course until you find a match for appropriate requirements. 

For example:  Suppose WESS assigns Montclair State University’s “Literature of the American Renaissance ENGL 226”  as equivalent to your course from another institution.  In consultation with your adviser,  review the original course syllabus and/or course catalog description and decide which requirements were satisfied—e.g.  Literature prior to 1900, fiction, and emphasis on women and class. You can then search ENGL 226 and find a section and semester in which the course meets those criteria.  You can then add that section of ENGL 226 to your list of courses and EMA will include it as part of your on-line audit.

19.  How do I add transfer courses to EMA when no equivalency has been listed on WESS?

Consult with your adviser to see if, after review of syllabus and/or course description, a course equivalency can be identified.  If yes, then search EMA for instances of that course to see if there is a match for various requirements.

a.  Select the search function in EMA.
b.  Type in the Montclair State University discipline code and course #.  
c.  Review the detail for each instance of the course until you find a match for appropriate requirements. 

For example:  Suppose WESS assigns Montclair State University’s “Literature of the American Renaissance ENGL 226”  as equivalent to your course from another institution.  In consultation with your adviser, review the original course syllabus and/or course catalogue description and decide which requirements were satisfied—e.g.  Literature prior to 1900, fiction, and emphasis on women and class. You can then search ENGL 226 and find a section and semester in which the course meets those criteria.  You can then add that section of ENGL 226 to your list of courses and EMA will include it as part of your on-line audit.

20.  How do I add transfer courses to EMA when no equivalency has been listed on WESS and my adviser determines there is no MSU equivalency?

If no equivalency is found, consult with your adviser and  Fill out Form A Transfer Courses for EMA.  Adviser must sign and date.  Attach to EMA and keep in folder for presentation when EMA is required for graduation.

21.  Who determines how a transfer course gets applied to the English major?

For courses that have been identified as requiring department approval, your faculty adviser will determine if the course may be applied to the major and which requirements it satisfies.

22.  Where is the total number major transfer credits noted?

The total number of transfer credits applied to the major must be noted on the EMA print out with appropriate faculty signature.

23.  How do apply a 200 level Community College course to EMA when the equivalent is a 300 level course.

In consultation with your adviser fill out Form A Transfer Courses for EMA.  Adviser must sign and date.  Attach to EMA and keep in folder for presentation when EMA is required for graduation.  While a 200 level CC course can’t be made equivalent to a MSU 300 level course, it can satisfy the same EMA requirements.

24.  What option do I select for currently enrolled courses when I run my audit in EMA?

For currently enrolled courses select “Pass”.  If you withdraw or fail, then delete the course from EMA.

25.  How do I determine which requirements are satisfied by a specific course?

Open EMA and click on “search course.”

26.  How do I find course offerings for a specific English requirement(s)?

Open EMA, click on “search course,” and select requirement(s).  A list of courses fulfilling the requirement(s) will be generated.