Explore your interests in English at Lawrence.

Academic advising at Lawrence seeks to empower each student to craft and pursue a transformative liberal arts experience that prepares them for impactful and personally fulfilling lives. Faculty advisors support students in planning and achieving their educational goals, facilitate connections to campus resources and communities, and guide students to make informed decisions as they pursue their academic interests and aspirations. 

Course Planning for New and Exploring Students

Both English: Creative Writing and English: Literature majors will need three 100- or 200-level courses, so this is the place to start exploring either track as a first-year student. The only difference is that Creative Writing majors need to take ENG 180: Introduction to Creative Writing as one of those three courses (though it doesn’t need to be the first). Students may begin the major with any 100- or 200-level course. 100-level courses are an especially good choice for students who are still taking First-Year Studiesthough you might think carefully about whether you want to take a writing-intensive course (those marked with a “W”) at the same time as your first term of First-Year Studies.

AP/IB Credit 

Students who have earned a 4 or 5 on the AP English Language & Composition exam will earn 6 units of ENG electives, though no advanced standing in English will be awarded. Students who have earned a 4 or 5 on the AP English Literature & Composition will earn 6 units of ENG electives, which will count as the equivalent of a 100-level English course.

Declare a Major/Minor

All students are expected to declare a major before the end of sophomore year. Ideally, sophomore students will declare a major (and switch to an advisor in the major) before advance registration advising begins in spring term.

Major Advising

All students will transition to a major advisor upon declaration. The major advisor will help students plan their coursework to satisfy requirements for the major, select courses in other areas to complement the major or satisfy personal interests, and prepare for their Senior Experience. Prospective English majors can consult with any of the following English faculty about serving as a major advisor:

Add a Major Advisor

Need help identifying an advisor in the major? Students can contact advising@lawrence.edu for assistance with advisor matching.

Minor Advising

Students do not need an official advisor for the English or creative writing minors. Instead, English or creative writing minors are encouraged to consult with the department chair or other English faculty for advice on course selection and satisfying minor requirements.

Additional Student Resources

If you still have questions about advising support related to the English program, we invite you to contact the department chair.