Undergraduate Advising

While you are encouraged to visit your professors and teaching assistants during office hours, sometimes you need further logistical guidance, help applying for study abroad programs, or a discussion of career opportunities.  Our undergraduate advisor, Dr. Karen Redfield, welcomes conversations with majors, potential majors, and any students inspired by study in this department.  Her office is always stocked with a variety of chocolates.  Read more about Dr. Redfield here. 

 Redfield, Karen
Undergraduate Advisor
(608) 263-3760
7195E Helen C. White Hall


Scheduling an Academic Advising Appointment

Both enrolled and prospective English majors can schedule a 20-minute advising appointment using WiscCal.  If you need more time, you may schedule two appointments in a row.  If you need to talk and do not find any open appointments, please email Karen Redfield to find another time.  If you miss more than two scheduled appointments, you may need to wait longer for a third appointment.  Please bring a written copy of your questions and a PDF of your DARS to your appointment.  Be prepared to discuss your anticipated graduation date, your major track (Literature, Creative Writing, or Language & Linguistics), plans to double major or study abroad, interest in the honors program, interest in the Writing Fellows Program, involvement in student publications and groups, future plans, and other relevant information. 



 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.


 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon


 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon


 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. walk-ins

Ask a Quick Question

Have a question that can be answered in a few lines? Feel free to e-mail Karen Redfield. Please be sure to mail from your current wisc.edu e-mail address and include your campus ID number at the bottom of the message.  For questions regarding Creative Writing courses, please visit the Creative Writing webpage or contact the Creative Writing Coordinator Ron Kuka.

Declare the Major

More information about declaring an English major can be found here.

Department of English Careers Website

Job Search Preparation aids such as resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, salary negotiation and other tools. There are numerous Job Sites and Resources available on this web page too.  You may also find it useful to reference the English Major Career Handout.