Advising

Advisors help you choose the coursework that fulfills the departmental requirements — as well as your own personal learning goals. They are also an excellent resource for finding answers to any questions that you might have. And when it comes time to convert your units into a degree, they are the ones who will sign the proper forms.

Undergraduate Advisors

Advisor Program Focus
Tara Lockhart Writing Program
Priya Abeywickrama Writing Program
Esther Chan Writing Program
Jennifer Trainor Writing Program
Paul Morris English Education
Jim Gilligan English Education
Jenny Lederer Linguistics
Anastasia Smirnova Linguistics
Teresa Pratt Linguistics
Sarita Cannon Literature
William Christmas Literature
Meg Schoerke Literature
Summer Star Literature
Neil Lindeman Professional Writing & Rhetoric

Graduate Advisors

Advisor Program Focus
Mark Roberge Composition
Jenny Lederer Linguistics
Anastasia Smirnova Linguistics
Teresa Pratt Linguistics
Priya Abeywickrama TESOL
Kathleen De Guzman Literature
Geoffrey Green Literature
Wai-Leung Kwok Literature
Sara Hackenberg Literature
Julie Paulson Literature

Pre-Fall 2019

Please note, requirements changed starting Fall 2019.  If you are a student enrolled before Fall 2019, please work with your advisor.

Frequently Used English Forms

Advising Forms

Commonly Used Forms for Graduate Students

Note that the following forms all have deadlines that vary from semester to semester. The Graduate Studies website maintains: Continuing Student Deadlines.

More forms for graduate students are available from the Graduate Studies Forms section.

  • Office of Protection for Human and Animal Subjects: Students planning research involving human subjects can familiarize themselves with the requirements and procedures for applying for approval to do so on this site.
  • CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (accessible only to SF State students and faculty): A searchable database of linguistics and related abstracts, with links to search the SF State Library for the availability of articles.
  • Students at SF State can take one course per semester at the University of California, Berkeley, at no additional cost. Discuss your options and how these courses might fit into your program with your adviser.
    Cross-Enrollment Form (PDF)
  • Funding for Conferences (PDF): Students who present at conferences may apply for funding from SF State to cover travel expenses.

Advising Overview

Undergraduate Advising

Majors in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) should consult with two advisors each semester:

  1. an advisor in the major and
  2. a general education and university requirements adviser in the Advising Resource Center (ARC) for LCA

Students who are completing a minor or an additional major should see an advisor in those programs as well.

Advisor sitting and working with student

General Education and University Requirements

The ARC logo - advising resource center in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Advising Resource Center

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts established the student Advising Resource Center (ARC) to provide multiple support services to students. You can receive information regarding requirements for your degree, petitions, financial aid, tutoring, student clubs, events, careers and much more.

Additional Resources