Academics: Majors and Programs

English Department

English Major Requirements

English at Spelman College embraces an expansive vision of the act, art and practice of language. Our curriculum fosters interdisciplinary inquiry and creativity by exploring a range of written, oral, visual and performative practices. By means of close reading, writing and independent research, students engage in the construction and interpretation of meaning and experience the pleasure and power of words. The Department of English provides opportunities for all students to develop and enhance communication and critical thinking skills.

We provide a foundation in historically contextualized humanistic knowledge that is important to all students planning to attend graduate school or who seek careers in areas such as education, law, communications, and business.

Major Requirements

Class 2018 and Beyond

The English major consists of at least 11 four-credit courses and two one-credit workshops.

Two entry-level courses and one workshop are required to begin the major.

  • * ENG 200: Sophomore Workshop (This is a two-semester course)
  • * ENG 280: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • * ENG 285: Introduction to Critical Studies in English
Five Foundation Courses at the 300-Level.
Two of the courses are required and of the remaining three, two of them must cover the time periods before 1900.
  • * ENG 310: Shakespeare (May not be used to satisfy the period requirement.)
  • * ENG 375: Seminal Writers in the African American Tradition
  • One course in Global and/or Interdisciplinary Studies
  • One course in U.S. Literature
  • One other course in British Literature
Plan of Deep Study
By January 31 of the English major’s junior year, a plan of Deep Study must be submitted to the advisor and the chair of the English Department. Student may choose an area of deep study in Textual or Writing Studies. One of the courses taken to fulfill the plan must be designated as the capstone seminar. At least one of the area of Deep Study courses should be at the 400-level and taken prior to or concurrent with the capstone seminar.

Area of Deep Study(4-5 more courses)
  • Textual Studies (Literature, Film and Visual Culture, Cultural Studies)
  • Writing Studies (Creative, Professional, Technical)
  • CAPSTONE SEMINAR COURSE
ENG 400: Senior Workshop (one-semester course)
The final workshop course is offered only in the fall semester.

Up to Class 2017

The English major consists of 11 courses or 44 hours.

Two entry-level courses are required.  
  • * ENG 280: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • * ENG 285: Advanced Exposition
The remaining nine courses in the major are offered in the following three categories.

Category I. African American and U.S. Literature (2 courses)
  • * ENG 375: Seminal Writers in the African American Tradition (This course is required for all students).
  • The second course must be selected from the US literature category, either surveys or seminars.
Category II. British Literature (2 courses)
  • * ENG 310: Shakespeare (This course is required for all students)
  • The second course must be selected from the remaining British category, either surveys or seminars.
Category III. Gender Studies, Critical Theory, and International Literature (2 courses)

English Major Electives (3 courses)
300 or 400 level literature courses. Do not select courses in the Writing Minor. Consult your major advisor if necessary. 

The 44 hours of the major may be completed through major electives which complete the following distributional requirements:
 
  • Complete at least three major electives
  • Complete at least two seminar courses in the 44 hours
  • Satisfy a requirement in chronological periods: one course covering the period before 1800; one course in the period between 1800 and 1900; and one course in the period after 1900. Shakespeare may not be used to satisfy the early period requirement
* Required Courses