The English Department offers academic advisement to students interested in a major in English. Advisors try to work closely with students to guide them through their years at MTSU. Students are expected to meet with their advisors at least once a semester, shortly before or during pre-registration.
Advisors will help students select courses, plan schedules, and make other academic decisions. The advisor can be a mentor who will assist student with career planning and even provide guidance on other matters. Advisors are provided with information about university resources, deadlines etc.
Students are assigned advisors by the Upper Division Office. New majors and prospective majors should contact the Upper Division Office (615-898-2576) to be assigned an advisor. For continuing students, the name of the advisor will be on the student's Raidernet information.
Department Advising for Majors
- What to bring when you visit your advisor
- Upper Division Curriculum
- List of Upper Division Courses Offered
Tips for New Students
- The First Day of Class
- The First Six Weeks
- The Second Six Weeks
- The last Few Weeks and the Exam Period
- Year by Year Checklist
Meet Our Advisors
All the English department advisors have been chosen not only for their knowledge of the program but for their willingness to work with students.
The program advisors for the 2012-13 Academic year are:
Dr. Kathleen Therrien, Director of Advising
Dr. Therrien is also a former Director of Lower Division and has won awards for her teaching. She is a member of the Women's and Gender Studies faculty and a supporter of non-traditional and first-generation college students. She is the advisor of all majors who can't come to campus before 4:00 PM. Her main research interests are in popular culture and American literature.
Dr. Elvira Casal, Director of Upper Division English
Dr. Casal is currently the Director of Upper Division English. She advises all minors, walk-ins, international and exchange students and some transfers. A former "National Women's History Month" chair, she is very active in the Women's Studies Council. Her research is in the nineteenth century British novel, with a focus on Jane Austen.
Dr. Jimmie Cain, Academic Advisor
Dr. Cain, a former Writing Center Director and Interim Associate Chair, has taught writing as well as literature. His major area of research is in Victorian literature--he has written a book on Dracula—but he is also doing research on war and literature. He is very involved in campus veteran affairs.
Dr. Robert Petersen, Academic Advisor
Dr. Petersen has been with the department since 1984. A former Director of Lower Division, he has won awards for his excellence in advising and in teaching. In the distant past, he taught in Japan, and his research interests include Japanese literature. He has also published on American and British poets, including Robert Frost.
If you have any questions about advising or the English program that have not been answered above, please don't hesitate to contact the
English Upper Division Office PH 323 (615) 898-2576.
Information about the different minors may be found in the "Minors and Programs" section.
The advisor for the English minor is the Director of Upper Division, Dr. Elvira Casal.
The advisors for the three interdisciplinary programs housed in the department are:
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Main Office: Peck Hall 302
Department Chair: Dr. Maria K. Bachman
Telephone: (615) 898-5644
Fax: (615) 898-5098