All University of Southern Mississippi students are required to meet with an academic advisor in their department each semester prior to enrolling in classes. Your advisor will look over your degree plan, and work with you to ensure you're on track for graduating with your bachelor's degree in English or English with licensure. Advisors will also help you to make sure that any credits you have from another university or community college are transferred to Southern Miss, and can help you with probation or suspension paperwork.
Contacting Your Advisor
Your advisor is listed on your SOAR Student Center page. If you do not have an advisor listed, or you would like to change your advisor, please e-mail the English department at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will adjust your official advisor assignment in SOAR.
The week before advising begins, English Department faculty post their appointment schedules on their office doors. You can come by in person and sign up, or email your advisor if you are out of town.
Registering for Classes
After you have been advised, your advisor will give you a form with the list of classes you've discussed. You'll bring this form to the English Department office, and we will remove the advisement hold from your account. Once the hold is lifted, you can register for classes via your student center in SOAR.
Changing Your Major to English
If you'd like to change your major to English, welcome! Please download and fill out the Change of Major form and bring it to the English Department Office, LAB 347. Within three days, your new major (and a new advisor) will be listed on your SOAR account. (Please note that a 2.0 is required to change your major to English.)
Adding a Minor in English
To add an English minor, please download and fill out a Change of Major form, leaving the major section blank and adding your minor at the bottome. Bring your completed form to the English Department office, LAB 347, and within three days your minor will be listed in SOAR. A minor requires 18 hours in English at the 300 or 400 level, and you are not required to meet an English Department advisor to minor in English. If you'd like advisement on your minor, please contact Undergraduate Director Dr. Luis Iglesias.