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The Department of English advises majors through the Advising Office, which is staffed by several faculty members. Students are welcome to drop into the Advising Office in 102 Colson Hall anytime during advising office hours to discuss course selection, plans of study, requirements, or any other advising matters. Any one of our advisors can help a student; we do not assign students to a specific advisor. By having several dedicated and trained advisors among the faculty, we aim to maximize advising consistency and availability. To reach an advisor by phone, please call 304-293-9740.

Student Responsibility
General Information

English 101 and 102 enrollment: Contact Breon Batten (

Fall and Spring Semester Advisors

Advising office hours vary each semester, depending on our advisors’ teaching schedules.

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Nancy Caronia
Monday: 12:00-4:30
Tuesday: 3:00-4:30
Wednesday: 9:30-12:00
Thursday: 3:00-4:30

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Doug Phillips
Tuesday: 8:30-9:30
Wednesday: 12:30-4:30
Thursday: 8:30-9:30
Friday: 11:00-3:00

All advising takes place in 102 Colson Hall (inside the main English Office, 100 Colson Hall). Signup sheets for appointments will be posted on the office door every week. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You may also try a walk-in, but appointments will take precedence.

If you’re an honors student, you should be advised by Ryan Claycomb in Honors Hall. See map at:

Summer Semester Advising

Marsha Bissett
Administrative Assistant
114 Colson Hall

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Student Responsibility

While advisers counsel and keep records of the student’s academic progress as an English major, the student is responsible for ensuring that all University, College, and Department requirements are met. We encourage students to read very carefully the information in the WVU Undergraduate Catalog under “Regulations Affecting Degrees” regarding graduation requirements and procedures. The student must pay a graduation fee and complete an “Application for Graduation and Diploma” at the beginning of the semester in which he/she expects to graduate.

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Each semester, during the period of pre-registration when students must see their advisors to lift advising holds and select courses for the following semester, we schedule advising appointments rather than using the walk-in system. You will be notified by email through the Majors Listserv when pre-registration appointments start. We then post appointment sign-up sheets outside the Advising Office in 102 Colson Hall. Students must come to the office and sign up for an appointment in person. We recommend that you sign up for an appointment well in advance of your priority course registration date.

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General Information

The Department of English Advising Office is a clearinghouse for information about departmental courses, university requirements, career information, internship information, scholarships and fellowships, and departmental activities (including guest speakers, workshops, and field trips).

The Advising Office uses two venues to communicate information to the English majors: Major News, an email newsletter, and the English Majors Listserv, an email communication. Major News is published several times throughout the semester and spotlights current activities, announcements, and opportunities. The English Majors Listserv provides weekly updates of departmental activities and serves as a discussion list for student queries. If you are a pre-English or English major and would like to receive Major News or be on the listserv, contact Marsha Bissett at

The Advising Office also coordinates the English Orientation course, English 199, to introduce students to the major. This one-credit hour, optional course introduces students to the faculty, course offerings, requirements, and opportunities associated with an English major.

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