Faculty Advisors
Students are not assigned specific advisors; instead, the faculty members serving each year on the department’s Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) are designated undergraduate advisors. Upon declaring a Major or Concentration in English, students should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (D.U.S.) or with one of the designated advisors to discuss the program, especially to make sure that they understand the requirements.

Faculty Advisors for Undergraduates 2018-19
Professor Molly Murray (Director of Undergraduate Studies)
Students are, moreover, encouraged to regard the entire faculty as available for academic advising. At this site’s faculty pages, students will find a list of faculty detailing their various areas of interest, and they should feel free to consult any faculty member whose interests accord with their own.


Undergraduate advisor

Office hours

E-mail address

Office location

Professor Molly Murray

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am to 12:00pm and by appt.

406 Philosophy Hall

Professor Denise CruzTuesday 1:15pm-2:15pm, Wednesday 2:30pm-3:30pm, and by appt.dc3330@columbia.edu602 Philosophy Hall
Professor Kathy EdenMonday 5:30pm-7:00pm; Tuesday 401a Philosophy Hall
Professor Erik GrayFriday 2:15pm-4:15pmeg2155@columbia.edu616 Philosophy Hall
Professor Edward Mendelson

Tuesday 4:00pm-6:00pm Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm 614 Philosophy
Major/Concentration Requirement
Most questions concerning the requirements for the English Major or Concentration can be answered by consulting the information on our Requirement for the Major webpage and our Requirements for the Concentration webpage. More detailed information about which courses may be counted toward the major or concentration can be found on our Course Options and Restrictions page.
 Major/Concentration Worksheet
Please note that the Degree Audit Report (DAR) on SSOL is often inaccurate.  Students should instead make use of the English Major/Concentration Worksheet to keep track of the courses they have taken and the requirements they fulfill.  Early in the semester in which a student is planning to graduate, the completed worksheet must be reviewed and signed by the D.U.S or any other departmental adviser and submitted to the D.U.S.

Career Exploration

In addition to faculty advising, we also care deeply about our students’ career prospects and are proud of their success in the job market during and after their time at Columbia. We work closely with the Center for Career Education (CCE) to provide tailored opportunities for English majors, including:

Career Exploration and Preparation

·         Academic major exploration resources, such as the “What can you do with a degree in English?” tipsheet

·         Individual career counseling, workshops, speaker events, and online resources to help with career planning and internship/job applications, interviewing, networking, negotiations, and the decision to pursue graduate school

·         Industry-specific resources covering career paths, employers, professional associations, internship/job sites, and research opportunities

Employer Connections/Jobs and Internships

·         LionSHARE internship/jobs database – Set up a job agent to be notified daily of internship and full time opportunities

·         CCE Internship Programs – Gain experience through CCE’s domestic and international internship programs

·         Career Events– Participate in our Fall, Spring and Start-up Career Fairs, Industry Showcases, employer site visits, and Professionals in Residence to meet employers and alumni

Alumni Connections

·         Alumni Connections – including alumni dinner and discussion series, Columbia Career Connections on LinkedIn and networking events

For more information about career services and events, please contact the Center for Career Education at 212.854.5609 or