Success at Rutgers-Camden depends critically on:

  • staying in touch: please regularly check your Rutgers e-mail account for important information (see instructions below);
  • having the right information for making good decisions about choosing your major;
  • deciding which courses to take each semester and getting the most out of them;
  • developing relationships with faculty so that they can eventually provide you with references for employment or graduate school;
  • using the Career Center in preparing for life after Rutgers.

This information is designed to provide advising assistance, but not to replace regular advising meetings with your faculty advisor (see below).

Two Types of Academic Advising

  1. Students meet with the Office of Academic Advising.
    • This office handles advising for general academic matters and for general education requirements.
    • The Assistant Deans will also meet with you to address  any questions you may have regarding course registration and transfer evaluation. 
    • Call (856) 225-6043 to make an appointment or visit their site.
  2. After declaring English as their major, students work with an English Department faculty member, who will:
    • make sure that the courses selected are best for  students’  career goals and/or aspirations for advanced study;
    • that students complete their degree requirements for graduation.

Your Advisor

  • If you have not declared English as your major (subject code 350), you should do so ASAP  at the Registrar’s Office.  
  • Once you declare your major, go to the department office at Armitage Hall (4th floor) and ask our secretary, Dee Jonczak, to assign you a faculty advisor (you will be assigned one eventually in any case, but this will speed up the process).
  • Once you have declared a major, you should only consult English Department faculty advisors for information and decisions about the major.  
  • It is highly recommended that you see your advisor prior to pre-registration each semester.  You may change your advisor (for example, to choose a particular faculty member who becomes a mentor or shares an academic interest) at any time.

Your Transcript

  • Your transcript provides an official accounting of your status at Rutgers University, including transfer credits, courses taken at Rutgers, and your declared major.  
  • You should periodically examine your transcript carefully to make sure that all is in order.  It may be accessed online.
  • Note: to access your transcript, you need a NetID and password for a student account on the “clam” server.  If you do not have this, follow the instructions online.
  • You will need your NetID and password for many things, including accessing Sakai, a course management system used in many of our courses, and university email.

The General Curricular Requirements

  • English majors receive their degrees from the Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences (which includes the Camden College of Arts and Sciences as well as University College), and must fulfill the “General Education requirements”.
  • The basic idea behind these requirements is that all liberal arts students should graduate with a broad intellectual background that includes the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, regardless of their particular major.
  • It is generally a good idea to concentrate on fulfilling these general requirements early during your time at Rutgers-Camden. 
  • All Camden College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) and University College (UC) students must complete a total of 120 credits, including General Education and major requirements, to be eligible for graduation.

Using Degree Navigator

  • Students may evaluate their progress toward the degree by using the Degree Navigator Program, which allows them to track which requirements (both General Education and English major) have been met and which still need to be taken.
  • This is a valuable resource, so students should learn how to use it. Visit the Degree Navigator online.

The English Major

The English major consists of 36 credits, fulfilled by the following courses:

  1. Critical Methods in English (three credits) 350:220
    (it is strongly recommended that you take this course as soon as possible)
  2. Literatures in English I (three credits) 350:221
  3. Literatures in English II (three credits) 350:222
  4. Shakespeare I or II (three credits) 350:331 or 350:332
  5. Any course in Linguistics (subject code 615) (three credits)
  6. Capstone course: Seminar in English Studies (three credits) 350:415 or 416
    (taken after 90 degree credits are completed)
  7. Electives in English (18 credits):
    9 credits must be subject code 350 or 352
    9 credits may be any courses offered by the  Department: English or American Literature, Film, Journalism, Linguistics, Writing (subject codes 350, 352, 354, 570, 615, and 989).
  • The fullest documentation of the English major is found in the college catalog:
  • The English requirements are also listed on your Degree Navigator page
  • The undergraduate page of the English Department website contains documents called “Rotation of Future Courses”, which let students know in advance when required courses will be offered over the next two years.


  •  A student may satisfy one of the specific English major requirements with a grade of D, but the 3 credits for that course are not included in the 36 required credits for the major. Any additional 3 credit English Department course may be taken to make up the deficit.
  •  Some students find Linguistics to be difficult (especially the 300 level courses).  It is therefore recommended that you not leave this requirement for your final semester.

Registering for Your Courses

Graduation/Senior Review

  • Students who are about to graduate need to do a “senior review” at the beginning of their final semester. 
  • The idea is to make sure that you have completed all the necessary course requirements for graduation —all General Education and English major requirements, 120 total credits, and the Online Diploma Application
  • Please make an appointment to see your English Department advisor early (before the end of the drop/add period) in your final semester for your senior review.

Check Your Rutgers Email Account Regularly

  • for important emails from professors, faculty advisors, the English Department, and others