Department of English


Students are assigned an advisor throughout their academic years. Students will need to bring with them their degree audit when they meet with their advisor. Advisors typically post sign-up sheets outside of their doors during the two weeks prior to registration. Students should make an appointment with their advisor and come with a tentative schedule of classes.


English course grade requirement: An overall 2.0 average is required in English courses used to fulfill requirements for the major.

Double major--double concentration requirements: A student who double majors must fulfill all the requirements in both areas, but that student receives only one degree (unless one is in a B.A. program and the other is in a B.S. program). If a student returns to complete requirements for a second major after completing the original major, this will be added to the official record, but a second diploma will not be issued.

Basic studies courses that also meet departmental requirements: A particular course can satisfy both basic studies and departmental requirements; however, the course cannot "count" twice in terms of semester hours credit.

Graduation requirements: Students will need to complete 45 semester hours in basic studies, 42 semester hours in the English concentration (major), and a total of 124 semester hours credit. In addition, they must meet the following requirements: a minimum overall 2.0 GPA with an overall 2.0 or better in the 42 semester hours of required English courses; at least 30 hours must be completed at UNCW and at least 15 hours at the 300-400 level in English at UNCW.

Effective fall 1994, all new undergraduates seeking a baccalaureate degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington will be subjected to a 25% tuition surcharge if they take more than 140 credit hours to complete a four-year degree program or more than 110% of the required credit hours to complete an officially designated five-year program. Courses from which a student withdraws after the drop-add period are included in this total of "attempted" hours, but hours taken in summer school are not counted in this total.

More of what to expect from this course of study on our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) page. (opens as a PDF)

Retention requirements and ineligibility

Total Hours Attempted Status Required GPA for Continued Eligibility

1-16 (Freshman) 1.20
17-26 (Freshman) 1.40
27-58 (Sophomore) 1.65
59-88 (Junior) 1.90
89 or more (Senior) 2.00

A student who does not meet retention requirements at the end of the spring semester will be declared ineligible to return to the university in the fall unless the deficiency is removed during UNCW's summer sessions. The student may appeal this ineligibility status to the assistant academic dean, who may grant one additional semester to eliminate the deficiency, if extenuating circumstances warrant. Any student who has been declared ineligible twice, however, may not appeal and may attempt to remove the deficiency only by attending summer sessions.

Transient Study: Students who enroll in off-campus courses (i.e. taking classes at another institution) and wish to apply credit in these courses toward a degree at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington must complete the Permission for Transient Study Form before registering for the course. Transient Study forms are available in the English Department office.

Dean's list

To be included in the Dean's List at the close of each semester, students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Students carrying 12-14 hours must earn a quality point average of 3.5 or better with no grade less than B.
  • Students carrying 15 hours or more must earn a quality point average of 3.2 or better with no grade less than B.
  • Students participating in the Honors Program who are carrying 12-14 total hours but are not receiving a grade for the current semester of honors work shall be eligible for the Dean's List if their grade point average on the remaining 9-11 hours otherwise meets current standards for the Dean's List.

Students carrying 11 hours or fewer are not eligible for the Dean's List.

Degree with distinction

Three degrees with distinction are granted to graduating students based on all work attempted in meeting requirements for the degree as follows:

Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.50
Magna Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.70
Summa Cum Laude for an overall average of 3.90

Degrees with distinction are granted to transfer students under the following conditions:

  • The student must have the required overall average on all work attempted (including all transfer courses attempted).
  • The student must have the required average on work attempted at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Students who complete the Departmental Honors Program satisfactorily will be graduated "With Honors" in the discipline in which the special work is undertaken.

Students who complete the University Honors Program will have the additional designation "University Honors."


Registration for over hours: Students may register for 12 to 18 hours without restriction. Students who have a cumulative point average of 3.5 may be allowed, with special permission of the assistant academic dean, to carry from 19 to 21 semester hours (the maximum).

Indebtedness: All indebtedness to the university must be satisfactorily settled before a student will be allowed to register for classes and before a diploma or transcript of record will be issued.

Change of Major: For students assigned to the Center for Academic Advising for advising, all requests for a declaration of a double major must be completed in the Center. For other students, the change of major or option, or the declaration of majors, must be completed in the Registrar's Office. The only exception is for students changing from one department in a professional school to another department in the same school. These requests must be completed in the office of the dean of that school. Students are advised to consult with their advisor in the original major before changing majors.

Transfer credit for transfer students: The student who brings transfer credit to UNCW is urged to examine the transfer credit evaluation form carefully and to discuss it with the advisor to see that proper credit has been recorded. Appeals of transfer credit can be made to the appropriate department.

Credit earned at another institution with a grade of "C" or better is accepted by the university if the work transferred is comparable to offerings of The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The final 30 semester hours of course credit, including the final 15 semester hours in the major, must be completed at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Hours attempted and quality points earned at other institutions are not used in computing grade point averages except in the case of students applying to enter the nursing program and seniors graduating with honors and/or distinction.

Transfer credit will not be accepted from non-accredited schools, or from business, trade, vocational or technical schools except by previous contracted agreement with UNCW.

Students are reminded:

  • that they cannot repeat a course failed at UNCW at another institution and replace the grade earned at UNCW, but they can receive credit for the course.
  • that no more than 64 semester hours can be transferred from two-year institutions, and overall, a maximum of 93 hours total.

Policies and Procedures

Course repeat policy: Students who receive a grade of "C" or better in a course may not repeat the course but may audit it without credit.

Students who receive a grade below a "C" in a course taken at UNCW amy repeart the course at UNCW. For the first five different courses repeated the previous grade and hours of credit for the repeated course will not be used in calculating the student's grade point average and hours toward graduation. All grades shall remain on the student's transcript. More about this policy can be found in the Undergraduate Handbook on pg. 92.

A special caution applies to the following course: ENG 290, 292, 315, 390, 490, 491, 492, 495, 496, and INT 294 and 494. Since these courses are special topics courses, they may not be offered regularly under the same subtitle. Therefore, students should be especially diligent about passing such courses, since it may be difficult or impossible to repeat the course under the same subtitle in order to replace a "D" or "F."

However, these special topics courses may be repeated under different subtitles for normal credit by students who made a "C" or better.

Grade appeal procedure: According to the UNCW Student Handbook and UNCW catalogue, Any student considering a grade appeal should understand that each faculty member has the academic freedom and responsibility to determine grades according to any method chosen by the faculty member which is professionally acceptable, communicated to everyone in the class, and applied to all students equally. However, prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation by a faculty member is a violation of a student's rights and is the valid ground for a grade appeal.

Any student who contests a course grade shall first attempt to resolve the matter with the instructor involved. Failing to reach a satisfactory resolution, the student may appeal the grade in accordance with the procedures outlined below. These procedures are not to be used in cases involving student academic dishonesty. An appeal must be made no later than the last day of the next succeeding regular semester.

  • The student shall present the appeal in writing to the chairperson of the department within which the contested grade was awarded. The written statement shall limit itself to citations of evidence pertaining to the valid ground for the appeal. By conferring with the student and the instructor, the chairperson will seek resolution by mutual agreement.
  • Failing such resolution the department chairperson shall transmit the written appeal to the appropriate dean who will convene the Grade Appeals committee.
  • The grade Appeals committee shall consist of the convening Dean and five faculty members appointed by the Dean. If the Committee affirms the instructor's decision, the Dean will notify in writing the faculty member, the student, and the department chair-person as appropriate. If the Committee supports the student's appeal, it shall prescribe the method by which the student will be reevaluated. The grade resulting from the prescribed reevaluation is final and may not be further appealed.

Honor code: The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is committed to the proposition that the pursuit of truth requires the presence of honesty among all involved. It is therefore this institution's stated policy that no form of dishonesty among its faculty or students will be tolerated. Although all members of the university community are encouraged to report occurrences of dishonesty, honesty is principally the responsibility of each individual.

Academic dishonesty takes many forms, from blatant acts of cheating, stealing, or similar misdeeds to the more subtle forms of plagiarism, all of which are totally out of place in an institution of higher learning. Reporting and adjudication procedures have been developed to enforce the policy of academic integrity, to ensure justice, and to protect individual rights. See the UNCW Student Handbook and Code of Student Life for the complete code.

Withdrawal policy for undergraduate students: To withdraw from an individual class or classes, the student must report to the Registrar's Office before or on the last day for withdrawal as indicated in the university calendar of events. To withdraw from all classes, the student must process an official withdrawal form through the Center for Academic Advising or the appropriate academic dean's office. If the student is unable to appear in person to withdraw, written notice must be sent to the Center for Academic Advising or the appropriate dean's office.


Final Examination: University policy requires the scheduling of final examinations. Under this policy, the final examination schedule provides a three-hour period for each examination and allows a maximum of three examinations per day. The length of the final examination, up to a maximum of three hours, is at the discretion of the instructor. The final examination schedule is published at the beginning of each semester and can be viewed on the Registrar's page under exam schedules.

Transcripts: Transcripts are issued from the Registrar's Office at the cost of $5.00. All requests for transcripts must be in writing and must include the student's signature.

Auditing: The auditing of courses without credit is approved by special permission of the registrar and of the instructor involved. Individuals not regularly enrolled as students in the university who wish to audit courses will be classified as special students and will be required to pay regular tuition and fees. University students in regular status will be permitted to audit courses and must pay the same tuition and fees required for credit courses.

Catalogue Year: Ordinarily a student may graduate under the provision of the catalogue under which the student entered or under any subsequent catalogue, providing the student completes all graduation requirements within six years of the expiration date of the catalogue chosen. To change catalogue year, complete necessary paperwork in the Registrar's Office.

Change of name and address: It is the obligation of every student to notify the Office of the Registrar in writing of any change in name or permanent mailing address. Failing to do this may result in student's failure to receive important mail from the University.

Class attendance: Students are expected to be present at all regular class meetings and examinations for the courses in which they are registered. All faculty members are responsible for setting policy concerning the role of attendance in determining the grades for their classes; such policies should take into account absences resulting from serious illness or injury to the student or an immediate family member, or the death of an immediate family member.