Undergraduate Advising


Our dedicated, in-house English advisors help students select a track within the English major, choose a double major and/or minor, schedule general education and major courses and prepare petitions and graduation applications. Student may schedule an advising appointment, seek assistance during our drop-in hours or email our advisors.


MaryKatherine Ramsey (.240) and Jameson Gower (.11) provide advising services for students in the Department of English. They are available to help students:

  • Understand the general education and English major requirements and think about possible double majors and minors
  • Schedule classes
  • Learn about the department's diverse minor programs
  • Complete curriculum and registration petitions
  • Explore study abroad and scholarship opportunities
  • Apply to graduate

MaryKatherine Ramsey (.240) advises students in the following concentrations:

  • Creative Writing
  • Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy (WRL)
  • Pre-Creative Writing (i.e. students who are interested in the Creative Writing concentration but who have not yet been admitted to it)
  • Undecided (i.e. students who have not yet decided on a concentration or who entered the program pre-concentrations).

She also advises the Disability Studies and Creative Writing minors.

Jameson Gower (.11) advises students in the following concentrations:

  • Literature, Film Studies and Popular Culture Studies
  • English Pre-Education
  • Folklore
  • Integrated Major in Math and English (IMME).

He also advises the following minors: English, Professional Writing, Medical Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, Game Studies and Critical & Cultural Theory. 

Katie Stanutz (.3) offers career advising for English majors. She's available to discuss:

  • Internships
  • Career preparation and job searches
  • Job documents (resumes, cover letters, etc.)
  • Graduate school

Per ASC guidance, the Department of English’s preferred mode for academic advising currently is virtual appointments, but we will offer in-person appointments for those who require them.

You have several options to schedule an appointment:

  • Schedule via OnCourse. Please go to OnCourse and log into your student account. From there, you can schedule a virtual appointment with your assigned advisor (listed as “Phone/Remote”). If you need assistance, please see this website here.
  • Email english@osu.edu. Please email from your Ohio State email account and include your availability for the next week; what you would like to discuss in the appointment; and your phone number. We will assume you would like a virtual appointment unless you specifically state that you need an in-person appointment.
  • Call our Front Desk (614.292.6065) during business hours.
  • Stop by our Front Desk (421 Denney Hall) during business hours.

Following the university requirements listed here, everyone is required to wear face masks indoors (face shields are not acceptable replacements for face masks, although they may be worn in addition to face masks). Please be sure to put on a mask before coming to an in-person appointment. If you prefer to not wear a mask in your appointment, please schedule a virtual appointment.

For in-person appointments, please come to 421 Denney Hall at least five minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and check in with our Front Desk staff. If you are feeling ill on the day of your in-person appointment, please let your advisor know and email english@osu.edu so they can move you to a virtual appointment or reschedule.

For virtual appointments, please log into your advisor’s Zoom room at least five minutes prior to your scheduled appointment (you will be emailed a Zoom link). Zoom has voice chat, video, and messaging available.

If you would like to declare a minor (or if you are interested in receiving information about a minor), you may complete this brief form and one of our advisors will be in touch.


To schedule a career advising appointment with Katie Stanutz (.3), please email english@osu.edu, call our Front Desk (614.292.6065) during business hours or stop by our Front Desk (421 Denney Hall) during business hours.


Advising appointments traditionally take place during business hours, but we are pleased to offer extended virtual appointment availability for our students who need more flexibility.

In Autumn 2021, Jameson Gower has available virtual appointments on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. Please contact the Front Desk to schedule an appointment in this timeslot.


The Department of English offers drop-in advising hours to address brief questions or urgent concerns. Examples of matters to discuss in drop-in advising hours include

  • Reviewing an already-made schedule
  • Adding or dropping a course
  • An Honors Contract revision signature
  • Declaring a minor

For more substantial discussions like declaring a major or significant schedule planning, please make an appointment with an advisor.

Spring 2022 Drop-In Hours

  • TBD

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If you have transfer credits that need further evaluation, please email Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3). Your email should contain your full name, your 9-digit BuckID number, the courses you would like evaluated, and the institution(s) where you completed these course(s). Please attach syllabi for the courses and a pdf copy of your transfer credit report (instructions on how to access it here [pdf]).

Please allow two weeks for transfer credits to be evaluated. If you do not include all of the information listed above, your evaluation will be delayed.