Requirements for the English Majors and Minor


English Literature

The English literature major requires a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 courses. (110 does not count towards the major.)

The program of study must include 280, 480, at least two 200-level literature courses and at least four 300-level courses. Two literature courses (either 200-level or 300-level) must focus primarily on materials before 1800 (designated pre-1800), and two literature courses (either 200-level or 300-level) must focus on materials after 1800 (designated post-1800).  

English Literature-Creative Writing

The English literature-creative writing major requires a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 courses. (110 does not count toward the major.).

The program of study must include 280, 481, at least two 200-level literature courses, and at least two 300-level literature courses. Two literature courses (either 200-level or 300-level) must focus primarily on materials before 1800 (designated pre-1800), and two literature courses (either 200-level or 300-level) must focus on materials after 1800 (designated post-1800). The creative-writing component of the major requires a minimum of four creative-writing courses, including at least two at the 300-level and courses in at least two genres.

Learning Objectives for the English Majors:
English literature
A student who graduates from Agnes Scott with a major in English literature will be able to:
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major and significant texts and traditions of literatures written in English;
• analyze literary works and movements demonstrating knowledge of style, language, conventions, and historical, social, and cultural context;
• evaluate works of literary criticism and theory and employ them in the analysis of literature;
• construct thoughtful, well-researched, and original interpretations and arguments about literature and its contexts in written and oral forms;
• apply understanding and knowledge gained from the study of literature to other disciplines, problems, and contexts.

English literature-creative writing
In addition to the outcomes noted above, a student who graduates from Agnes Scott with a major in English literature—creative writing will be able to
• analyze and interpret works from at least two creative genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic writing) with an understanding of process, language, and form;
• engage in a creative process that incorporates research, revision, and attention to form, audience, language, and context;
• write with insight, proficiency and originality in at least two creative genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic writing);
• respond to peers’ creative works with thoughtful criticism that supports the writer’s process of revision; incorporate thoughtful criticism in the process of revising creative work;
• apply understanding and knowledge gained from the study of creative writing to other disciplines, problems, and contexts.

Requirements for the English Minor:
A minor in English requires at least six English courses (ENG-110 does not count toward the minor), at least two at the 300-level.

The student may design a program that reflects a particular interest or emphasis, such as a focus on a genre or literary period. The program must be approved by the English department chair.

College Writing Requirement:
Every student takes English 110 The Craft of Writing in the first year unless exempted from this requirement by her score on an AP English, International Baccalaureate or A-Level exam.