Advisement and Registration

All students should meet with a faculty adviser once a semester before registering for courses. Students are encouraged to consult with an adviser at any time during the semester, and several advisers are available in the weeks immediately prior to registration. Faculty advisers help students shape their major according to their evolving interests and the requirements for the English Major. Students should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the department’s undergraduate staff coordinator about such matters as departmental clearances and course substitutions.

Before speaking to an adviser about registration, students must first consult the department’s online information on the English Major and must bring a copy of their university STARS report with them to the advisement session.

Advisement for English majors (ENGL and CRWT) in the Department of English for Spring 2015

Faculty advising for Spring 2014 in the English Department will run from Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24. There will be several faculty advisers available every day, and you may also consult with any English faculty member. Online registration will begin Wednesday, October 29. To check for your appointment date and time log-on OASIS via MyUSC and then click on permit to register. Registration appointment times are assigned by the number of units completed.

Please note that we will have JUST ONE WEEK of intensive advisement with many faculty on hand, and we strongly advise that you start early in the week when it is easiest to find an adviser. A list of the faculty who are advising will be posted outside the department office THH 404. It is also posted online here. You do not need an appointment to see a faculty adviser.

If you are in Thematic Option, follow the advising information in this posting. Clearance for registration in CORE classes will be handled by the TO office.

Overall information can be found on our department website at

  1. From the "Documents" widget you can find a copy of the advising record you will need when you meet with a faculty adviser.
  2. Descriptions of English courses for Spring 2015 will be available on our website. Click on our undergraduate tab for “Courses.” Read the descriptions carefully to see what is really happening in English (the official titles often do not tell you much).
  3. Within the English major you can emphasize either English Literature or Creative Writing; click on our undergraduate tab for “English Major.” If you started at USC before Fall 2012 you must follow the requirements for the old program.
  4. Requirements for the English Minor will be found under “Minors.”
  5. Requirements and courses for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Early Modern Studies will be found under “Minors.”
  6. AFTER you have chosen your courses and times, come speak with us. You absolutely must bring your university STARS report with you.
  7. Your adviser will complete the Advising Record with you, which you must then bring immediately to Ms. Flora Ruiz or Mr. Tim Gotimer in the Department of English office, Taper Hall 404.
Advisement for Narrative Studies majors in the Department of English for Spring 2015

Ms. Flora Ruiz and Mr. Tim Gotimer will be available to advise you for spring 2015, by appointment only. A schedule for the week of October 20-24, 2014 is available for you to sign-up at the English Department, Taper Hall, room 404. Email requests will not be accepted. If you forget your appointment then you will need to sign up on the next available spot. THIS IS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. Please plan accordingly. Bring your STARS report.

As courtesy, you will find a copy of the English undergraduate course descriptions under "Courses". There will be no print version.

Documents & Forms

The following items are available to download from the Department of English's Documents page:

  • Advising Record for New English Program
  • Advising Record for Old English Program
  • Requirements for B.A. in English
  • Faculty Advising Schedule

Undergraduate alumni publications pictured above:
Hiram Sims, Photoetry: Poetry and Photographs from South Central L.A., Figueroa Press 2014; Susan Straight, Between Heaven and Here, McSweeney's 2012; Brad Thor, Hidden Order: A Thriller, Pocket 2014; Patrick Ness, More Than This, Candlewick Press 2013; John J. Gobbell, Edge of Valor, Naval Institute 2014; Ellen Plotkin Mulholland, Birds on a Wire, Logos 2013.

  • USC Dornsife Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
  • Fax: (213) 741-0377