2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Additional Programs, Offices, and Resources for Students

Alternative Academic Credit

Westfield State University provides matriculated students with the ability to earn college credit through ways other than taking traditional classes:

Advanced Placement (AP)

Academic credit or waiver of requirements may be granted based upon performance on the Advanced Placement Test. Generally, students must attain an advanced placement score of at least 3; however, specific standards, including higher scores and whether credit or waiver is granted are determined by each academic department. AP credit is treated as community college-level course work and is subject to all college policies regarding transfer work. Students with questions regarding AP scores should consult the Associate Director of Admission in the Horace Mann Center.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) & DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

Academic credit or waiver of requirements may be granted based upon performance on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or DANTES subject Standardized TEST (DSST). The minimum credit-granting score for all CLEP examinations taken after July 1, 2001, shall be 50 in all academic areas except English composition (see below). DSST testing utilizes norm-referenced or criterion-reference standard setting to determine passing scores. CLEP and DSST credit are treated as community college level work and are subject to all university policies regarding transfer work, including the 79 credit maximum (effective fall 2018) that can be awarded for such work. Whether the completion of a CLEP or DSST examination results in the waiver of a major requirement is to be determined by the appropriate academic department. Therefore, students should consult the appropriate advisor. Common core credit can be credited in the full amount that a student potentially can earn in the appropriate core category, not to exceed one year’s worth.

Students who score 50 or above on the General Composition Exam (with Essay), or 51 or better on the Freshman Composition Exam (with Essay), may be granted credit for, and/or exemption from, English Composition I. Credit and/or exemption will be granted, however, only upon submission and successful review of a portfolio of written materials that reflect the varied requirements of the University’s English Composition course. The composition committee of the English Department will determine what materials are to be included in such a portfolio, will publish such information, and will also be responsible for reviewing any submitted materials.

Students who have taken the test prior to the implementation of the computer-delivered testing system must have achieved a CLEP equivalent to at least the 75th percentile of national norms established by the University Board; however, specific standards for credit or waiver are determined by each academic department.

Credit or waiver of requirements will not be granted unless the examination is taken prior to enrollment in a course that is equivalent to the examination. Students should contact the College of Graduate and Continuing Education for registration information or may contact the CLEP administrator directly. Students should consult the CLEP website www.Collegeboard.com/clep for more detailed information on the examinations and DSST website www.dantes.doded.mil/DANTES_Homepage.html for more detailed information on DSST examinations.

Credit for ACE Transcripts

Westfield State University offers students academic credit for professional experience that has been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE).  Students are required to submit their ACE transcript for review.  ACE credit is treated as community college level work and are subject to all university policies regarding transfer work, including the 79 (effective fall 2018) credit maximum that can be awarded for such work.  Academic departments reserve the right to determine if courses can be applied to a student’s major or minor.

Credit for Military Experience

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has found that Westfield State University’s transfer credit policies meet or exceed the criteria established under the VALOR Act Academic Credit Evaluation Policy. Westfield State University offers students with military experience the opportunity to receive graduation credit for this experience. Official documentation of military experience (DD-214) must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar or the College of Graduate and Continuing Education Office for evaluation (Applicants for admission to the full-time Day Division should submit military documents along with other application credentials to the Office of Admission).

Recently the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard have consolidated their respective transcript services, making things considerably easier to access your military transcripts. Each of these services now uses Joint Service Transcript (JST) system. This system automatically captures your training, experience and standardized test scores. Go to  https://jst.doded.mil/smart/welcome.do, register for an account (if you don’t have a CAC card) and order an official transcript to be sent to Westfield State University. It usually takes only a few days before they are sent.

The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) automatically captures your training, experience and standardized test scores on their transcript, go to the CCAF website http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/ for more information or to order transcripts.  CCAF transcripts are sent by mail and can take weeks to arrive at the school.

Under most circumstances, Veterans are eligible to use their former service branches transcript program. However if you are not eligible for JST or CCAF system transcripts then you will need to fill out form DD-295 and provide your DD-214 Discharge Document to receive credit or your experience.

The DD-295 (Application for the Evaluation of Learning Experiences During Military Service) is the only other military document that Westfield State accepts as equivalent of an official transcript. The DD-295 must be completed and signed by the student’s commanding officer in accordance with the course codes and specifications published in the current issue of the American Council on Education’s guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Credit for military experience is treated as community college-level course work and is subject to all University policies regarding transfer course work, including the maximum of 79 (effective Fall 2018) credits that can be awarded for such work.  Academic departments reserve the right to determine if courses can be applied to a student’s major or minor. 

Prior Learning Portfolio (PLP)

The purpose of a Prior Learning Portfolio (PLP) is to award academic credit for prior learning.  hat is, if a student can demonstrate proficiency in an academic subject similar to the proficiency developed through coursework, the student can receive academic credit for that proficiency. It is important to note that credit is not given for work experience - although this experience can certainly lead to the level of proficiency that would warrant the award of credit. Credit is only granted for supervised projects that clearly convey proficiency in a subject. Prior Learning Portfolio credits may not be available in all Academic Departments.

  1. Any student interested in PLP credits must submit a “Prior Learning Portfolio” application. Interested students will also be required to meet with the academic department chairperson or CGCE Chair (or respective designee) to discuss suitability for moving forward in the PLP process. 

  2. After application review by the appropriate chair (or respective designee) and the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, the student will be informed if they meet major-specific criteria for continuing in the PLP process. A faculty advisor should then be identified.

  3. Student will enroll in ENGL 0201, Writing Workshop: Portfolio Writing. The outcome of this course will be a proposal for assessing prior learning experiences. This proposal will be used as the foundation for their PLP. The successful completion of the 3-credit portfolio course does not guarantee additional PLP credits.

  4. Portfolio proposals will be submitted to a departmental designated faculty advisor for review. When the proposal is deemed appropriate, the student will work with the faculty advisor to develop the academic content of their life experience. The credit for PLP coursework will be considered departmental independent study credit, varying from 3 - 12 credits. Total credits for this experience cannot exceed 12 credits and are included in the overall 12-credit independent study limit at Westfield. PLP credits cannot be used as a replacement for college core. A student cannot earn more than 10 % of their Westfield credits in PLP credits. Students are eligible to apply for PLP credits in multiple departments. 

  5. Faculty advisors will give final approval and the PLP grade. A final copy of the PLP will be placed in the student’s file.

College Academic Program Sharing (CAPS)

The College Academic Program Sharing (CAPS) program is designed to offer students the opportunity for an educational experience at another Massachusetts State University. It is available to full-time Day Division students in good academic standing and does not necessitate transferring. Students may participate in this program for one or two semesters, completing up to thirty credits. The filing deadline is December 15 for the Spring Semester and May 15 for the Fall Semester. First-year students are ineligible. The state universities/colleges participating in this program are: Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Salem State, Westfield State, Worcester State, Massachusetts College of Art, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

All students are strongly urged to consult their academic advisor concerning required courses to be taken through this program to be sure the course work fits with their degree program. The Chair of the student’s major department must approve course equivalencies for courses in the major. For additional details and a CAPS application form, please see the Office of the Registrar.

Cooperating Colleges Of Greater Springfield (CCGS)

Known as CCGS, the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield was formed in 1970 by the presidents of each of the institutions participating in the association. In addition to Westfield State University, the member institutions include: American International College, Bay Path College, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, and Western New England University.

These eight area public and private institutions established the CCGS program to enhance the educational experience of their students through the use of cooperative programs and services, including cross-registration, student-faculty inter-college library privileges, joint student activities, and student activity calendars. Some of these may also include:

Barnes Air National Guard Base
175 Falcon Drive
Westfield, MA 01085
Holyoke High School
500 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
High School of Commerce
415 State Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Westfield High School
177 Montgomery Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Westfield Technical Academy
33 Smith Avenue
Westfield, MA 01085

Undergraduate students may take courses for credit at a cooperating institution when such courses are not available at their own institutions. To be eligible to participate in cross-registration, students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits at their home institution. Students are limited to enrolling in two courses (8 credits) per semester. 

Interested students apply for courses through their home college Registrar and Academic Advisor. Students are billed for CCGS registration as part of their home school tuition. Credit and grades for courses completed at cooperating colleges are applied to the student’s record at the home college. Generally, CCGS cross-registration is limited to undergraduate (not continuing education) courses offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Ely Library Services And Facilities

Westfield State’s Ely Library provides the information resources, services, and the help you need to be successful in your academic work. Located adjacent to all the services of the campus center in Ely Hall, the library provides the largest academic space on campus, with quiet study space, group study rooms, computer workstations, laptop computers, copiers, scanners, and wireless access throughout. The library also serves as a campus cultural center, hosting activities such as poetry readings, author events, displays of artworks, and musical performances. For current library hours, please visit the library’s website at http://lib.westfield.ma.edu.

Collections:  The Library provides access to thousands of journal titles through databases and individual subscriptions. Content covers all subject areas and includes such well-known databases as JSTOR, PsycINFO, ERIC, Academic Search Premier, Literature Resource Center and over 100 others. The Library’s physical collections total over 150,000 items in a variety of formats, plus electronic access to books, data, and streaming music and video.

The Education Resources Collection houses curriculum materials in support of the Education program. It contains assessment materials, lesson plans, children’s literature, educational and psychological tests, educational software, and more.

The University Archives collect, preserve, and provide access to the rich history of Westfield State University. Access to the Archives is by appointment.

Services: Librarians can help you find the information you need for your papers and projects. Help is available in person, by e-mail, and online chat. Librarians offer group and individual instruction in the use of information resources, teaching over 250 classes per year and reaching thousands of our students. Interlibrary loan is available to students, faculty, and staff at no cost. Stop by the Circulation Desk at the library, or fill out the online request form on our website. Course reserves are available at the Circulation Desk near the entrance to the library.

Contact the Ely Library
Website: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/
Phone: (413) 572-5251

Programs Offered through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education

The Office of Graduate and Continuing Education (GCE) offers programs in four areas: Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies (part-time and online), Professional Development for educators, and Community Education.

Graduate programs and degrees include:

  • Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Master of Arts in Counseling:
    • Mental Health Counseling
    • Forensic Mental Health Counseling
    • School Guidance Counseling
    • School Adjustment Counseling (non-licensure)
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Education (Initial Licensure)
    • Biology (8-12)
    • Early Childhood (PreK-2)
    • Elementary (1-6)
    • English (5-8, 8-12)
    • History (5-8, 8-12)
    • Mathematics (5-8, 8-12)
    • Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K-8, 5-12)
    • Reading Specialist
  • Master of Education (Professional Licensure)
    • Early Childhood (PreK-2)
    • Elementary (1-6)
    • English (5-8, 8-12)
    • Mathematics (5-8, 8-12)
    • Physical Education (PreK-8, 8-12)
  • Post-Baccalaureate (initial licensure)
    • Biology (8-12)
    • Early Childhood (PreK-2)
    • Elementary (1-6)
    • English
    • Mathematics (5-8, 8-12)
    • Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8, 5-12)
    • Music (all levels)
    • Physical Education (PreK-8, 8-12)
  • Non-licensure programs
    • History
    • Vocational Technical Education

In addition, the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education offers a post‑baccalaureate teacher licensure program, which enables students already holding a bachelor’s degree to pursue licensure. GCE offers a Second Bachelor’s Program for those interested in a new field of study, building on their previous baccalaureate course work.

Community Education, located within the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education, is committed to serving individuals and businesses by offering a wide variety of personal enrichment and skill-building classes. Professional development certificate programs, such as the Addiction Counselor Education program, the EMT Program, and the Phlebotomy Technician Program are designed to serve the non-credit educational needs and interests of the community.

Most Day Division majors are offered through the GCE Undergraduate program. Generally, courses are offered in the evening and online, however some Day Division courses may need to be taken depending on availability and the semester. Students who are pursuing their degrees part‑time (less than 12 credit hours per semester) generally matriculate through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Financial aid is available for students in degree programs pursuing part-time study, enrolled in at least 6 credits per term, and in good academic standing.

While undergraduate credit GCE courses are typically offered in the evening and online, these courses are available to Day Division students on a space-available basis each semester during the week of Add/Drop at no additional cost. A Day Division student may submit a petition to their respective Dean to register for these courses before the Add/Drop period if:

  • The course is required for graduation, and
  • The course is not available during the day.

Contact Graduate & Continuing Education (for current undergraduate students)
Location: Scanlon Hall, 2nd and 3rd Floors
Email: registrar@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 579-3200

Contact Graduate, Part-Time, and Evening Admissions (for prospective students)
Location: Scanlon Hall, 3rd Floor
Email: wsucgce@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-8020

Contact the Graduate Student/Programs Outreach Team (for both prospective and current graduate students)
Location: Scanlon Hall, 3rd Floor
Email: graduate@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-8461

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)


The Department of Military Leadership at the University of Massachusetts conducts the Reserve Officers Training Corps program (Army ROTC) throughout the greater Springfield and Amherst areas for students desiring to earn commissions as United States Army Officers. Upon completion of the University degree and ROTC requirements, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve. Army ROTC graduates may pursue careers in the active Army or in the civilian sector of their choice. ROTC courses are open to all students. Students do not incur a military obligation by taking any Military Leadership course.

Army ROTC enhances a student’s education by providing unique leadership and management training coupled with practical experience. It helps a student develop many of the qualities basic to success in any career. In or out of the Army, ROTC graduates are leaders, thinkers, and decision-makers. They meet problems head-on and solve them quickly. They know how to adapt to situations and take charge. Army ROTC graduates will find that their background and experience can be a valuable asset if they decide to pursue a civilian career.

The ROTC core curriculum consists of eight semesters of course work comprising the traditional pre-commissioning requirements. The focus in the first two years is on leadership principles and techniques applicable to all vocations. The first four semesters of the program are offered on the Westfield campus; the last four are offered at WNEU through the CCGS program or on the UMass Amherst campus.

For additional information, contact the Army ROTC liaison at Western New England University, (413) 782-1345 or 1332, or at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), (413) 545-5365.  You may also go to the main website for the program at:  http://www.umass.edu/armyrotc/.

Air Force ROTC

The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) does not have its own program at Westfield State University; however, students can take the program while attending Westfield State University through the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS) agreement. The agreement allows students to take AFROTC courses at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Freshman and sophomore courses can be taken without any commitment to the Air Force, and a 3year program is available for any rising sophomore who decides to pursue the program during the fall of that year. Upon successful completion of the program (and receipt of a bachelor’s degree), graduating students will receive a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Scholarships from 2 to 3½ years will pay full tuition, fees, labs, up to $900.00 per year for books, and an up to $550.00 per month stipend during school are available to participating students. For additional information, contact the Professor of Aerospace Studies, at the University of Massachusetts, at (413) 545-2437 or 2451.

Requesting Transcripts

Westfield State University has partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse, a non-profit organization serving the higher education community, to offer Online Official Transcript ordering services for all current and former students with 24/7 access. Students will receive order status notifications via email and can opt in for mobile phone text message notifications as well.

The University offers both electronic and print transcripts with several delivery options. Each transcript costs $5.00 with additional charges for expedited mailing or electronic delivery.

A transcript is the official record of a student’s entire academic and degree history at Westfield State University. The information provided on the transcript will include the following: student’s name, academic level, program, major(s), minor(s), concentration(s), track(s), awarded degree(s) and affiliated honors, awarded transfer credits (including advanced standing and advanced placement), term-by-term course history, term-by-term units earned and GPA (including affiliated honors), cumulative units earned, and cumulative GPA.

The following information is required to place an order:

  • College Wide ID number (example: A00123456) or your Social Security Number
  • Valid email address and phone number
  • Date of Birth
  • Valid major credit or debit card

Standard paper or letter requests are accepted via mail or filled out in-person at the Registrar’s Office: click here for our transcript request form.

Online transcript ordering can be found on the National Student Clearinghouse website: click here for online ordering.

For further transcript ordering information including pricing, FAQs, other requesting options, and staff assistance: click here for the Registrar’s transcript ordering page.

Both the National Student Clearinghouse and WSU’s Office of the Registrar can assist with transcript ordering.

Contact for Transcript Assistance
Office of the Registrar
Location: Scanlon Hall, 2nd Floor
Email: registrar@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 579-3200


National Student Clearinghouse (PDF/electronic orders only)
Phone: (703) 742-4200

The Honors Program

The Honors Program empowers academically-motivated students to be active and engaged in their experience at Westfield State University, fostering their academic, personal, and professional development in an innovative, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment. The Honors Program hosts a diverse community of intellectually curious learners and leaders inspired to explore and develop their passions through small, student-centered classes, faculty and peer mentorship, project-based learning, research and creative work, civic engagement, presentation opportunities on and off campus, special events, receptions with guest lecturers, field trips to cultural events, and informal gatherings to foster social, cultural, and academic development. Students in the Honors Program work closely with faculty members and are encouraged to present their projects at local, regional, and national conferences.

Honors students in good standing register early for all courses, not just Honors courses. Some students elect to live in the Honors Living and Learning Community in University Hall (space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis).

Contact The Honors Program:
Email: honors@westfield.ma.edu
Program Websitewww.westfield.ma.edu/academics/honors-program

Honors Courses

Honors courses include Honors sections of Common Core courses from across the disciplines, special Honors seminars, upper-level interdisciplinary Honors seminars, Senior Honors Projects, Honors Program internships, and Honors Course by Contract. All Honors courses are denoted as such on student transcripts by the “HNRS” prefix in course titles. Using seminar-style pedagogy in small classes of 15-18 students, all Honors courses are intellectually challenging and student-centered with an emphasis on discussion, hands-on learning, and interdisciplinary approaches. They provide opportunities for students to refine writing, speaking, and research skills in preparation for graduate study and employment. All Honors courses offer enhancements such as guest speakers, field trips, and independent research projects.

  • Special Honors seminars offer students enhancement to their undergraduate careers, through topics such as first-year experience, peer mentoring, and preparation for independent research and creative projects.
  • Honors Program internships are available to students interested in developing professional skills while supporting Honors Program mentoring, programming, and administrative projects.
  • Upper-level interdisciplinary Honors seminars approach a unique topic or theme from the perspective of multiple academic disciplines and include a capstone project.
  • An Honors Course by Contract is an agreement that allows a non-Honors course to count for Honors credit provided the student successfully completes an Honors-worthy supplementary project above and beyond the regular requirements of the course, and earns a grade of B or above in the course. This agreement must be arranged during the pre-registration period in the prior semester, requires the student and faculty member to write up a contract describing the supplemental project, and must be approved by the Honors Program Area Chair. Registering for an Honors Course by Contract requires submitting a Course by Special Arrangement Form to the Registrar’s Office by the end of the pre-registration advising period. The course will reflect the Honors designation on the student’s transcript.

The Senior Honors Project

The 6-credit Senior Honors Project is an in-depth, independent research or creative project completed over two semesters as an Independent Study/Course by Special Arrangement. Students work individually with a Project Advisor who, along with a Second Reader, Honors Reader, Library Liaison, and a Reading and Writing Center Consultant, guide students through the two-semester process.

Students must have a 3.30 overall cumulative grade-point average (GPA) to begin this project. Students should begin planning for the Senior Honors Project during their sophomore or junior year and should seek advising from the Honors Program Area Chair. Students may elect to begin these projects during the second semester of their junior year, or the first semester of their senior year. The Senior Honors Project is required to earn the Commonwealth Honors Scholar designation.

Graduating as an Honors Scholar

The Westfield State University Honors Program is part of the Commonwealth Honors Program consortium, which sets guidelines for Honors Programs across the Massachusetts public higher education system. To graduate as an Honors Scholar, which includes recognition at graduation and a notation on the transcript, students need to complete 18 credits of Honors work. Honors students can complete those 18 credits through a combination of Honors sections of Common Core courses, special Honors seminars, upper-level interdisciplinary Honors seminars, Senior Honors Projects, Honors internships, and Honors Courses by Contract. There are two tracks in the Honors Program:

Commonwealth Honors Scholar: To earn the highest academic distinction awarded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, students must:

  • Take at least 12 credits of Honors courses, at least one of which will be a 3-credit upper-level interdisciplinary Honors seminar (HNRS 0301 ).
  • Complete a 6-credit Senior Honors Project, working closely with a Faculty Advisor in the student’s major or minor department. 
  • Achieve a B or higher in all Honors coursework.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher.

University Honors Scholar: To earn this distinction, students must:

  • Take at least 18 credits of Honors courses, at least one of which will be a 3-credit upper-level interdisciplinary Honors seminar (HNRS 0301 ).
  • Achieve a B or higher in all Honors coursework.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher.

Maintaining Honors Program Status

Students will maintain their status in the Honors Program if they have an overall cumulative average of 3.30 or higher and make progress toward completion of Honors Program requirements. Honors students will be placed on probationary status if their overall GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.29. They will be allowed to take Honors courses and receive the privileges accorded to Honors students during the probationary semester except for priority registration. However, if their overall GPA remains below 3.30 at the end of the probationary semester, they will be removed from the Honors Program. Students whose overall GPA falls below 3.0 will be removed from the Honors Program. Some exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Honors Area Chair. Students may re-apply to the Honors Program if they raise their overall GPA to 3.30 or above.

Admission to the Honors Program

  • Incoming first-year students with a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 may apply for participation in this program by completing an online application form found on the Honors Program webpage: http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/honors-program. First-year admission is determined based on application essay, high school record, and space availability (space is limited). Other factors that are predictive of academic success will be considered.

  • Current Westfield State University undergraduates who have completed courses at Westfield State with at least a 3.60 institutional GPA may be considered for participation and are required to submit an application and letter of recommendation using the online application form found on the Honors Program webpage: http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/honors-program.

  • Incoming Transfer students who graduate from a Commonwealth Honors Program at a community college are guaranteed admission to the program but must contact the Honors Program Area Chair before the start of their first semester to register. Transfer students who have taken Honors courses at a previous institution may transfer up to 9 Honors credits. Other transfer students who have earned a 3.50 GPA at their previous institution are invited to apply by submitting an application and letter of recommendation using the online application form found on the Honors Program webpage: http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/honors-program.


First-year students considered for the Honors Program may also be considered for Merit Scholarships. These scholarships are renewable and may be held for a maximum of four years provided the student maintain the minimum required GPA. Incoming first-year students admitted to the Honors Program at Westfield State University are also considered for the competitive Honors Program Book Award, which is awarded to some incoming students. The award maximum is $750 annually. The Honors Program Book Award is renewable as a full-time Day Division student each year as long as the student continues in good standing in the Honors Program. For additional scholarship information, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@westfield.ma.edu or (413) 579-3040.

The Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Resort College Program

The Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort is a one-of-a-kind, Disney-designed combination of education and work experience. The Disney College Program is looking for exceptional, ambitious students who have a genuine enthusiasm for their professional futures and who love to make people smile. In addition to the experience gained working as Disney Cast Members, participants in the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort will have the opportunity to meet Disney leaders and network so they may be able to gain a clearer understanding of what they want to do with their future.

This is a credit granting experience; all students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and have completed 24 credits by the time they start the program.

Walt Disney World College Program:
Enrique Morales-Diaz, Assistant Provost
Location: Scanlon Hall, Room 117
Email: emoralesdiaz@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-8580
Program Websitewww.disneycollegeprogram.com

Washington Center Internship Program

Westfield State University partners with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to provide full-time internships in our nation’s Capitol for students of all majors. Over the last few years, 100+ undergraduates have enjoyed prestigious internships with a wide array of agencies and organizations including; the U.S. Treasury, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S Attorney’s Office, U.S. Office of Civil Rights, INTERPOL, Americas Most Wanted, the Smithsonian, and Naval Criminal Intelligence Service.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and The Washington Center provide generous scholarship support for qualified upper level students seeking fall, spring or summer internships. Tuition and fees are also waived for academic year internships for students who are Massachusetts residents with overall grade point averages of 3.0. Students are provided full-time placements and high quality executive style apartments while in Washington D.C.

Contact the liaison for more information on eligibility, cost, program requirements, tuition waivers and the placement process.

Washington Center Internship Program:
Junior Delgado, Washington Center Liaison
Location: Lammers Hall, Career Center A112
Email: jdelgado@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-5206
Program Websitewww.twc.edu

International Programs Office

The International Programs Office (IPO) provides information, services, and a variety of programs that help study-abroad students, international students, and visiting scholars achieve their individual, educational, and personal goals. IPO staff are committed to working closely with faculty, staff, and peer mentor students to coordinate and administer initiatives that support our student and scholar population.

International and Exchange Students

IPO provides support and guidance on every aspect of international student life at Westfield State University: immigration, cultural, academic, personal, and financial. This includes advising F-1/J-1 visa students and their families, guiding them to resources to obtain employment, and information on how to maintain their student immigration status (CPT/OPT benefits, social security numbers, driver’s licenses, tax return obligations, etc.). Additionally, IPO provides guidance to WSU’s academic departments, faculty, staff, and key contacts on visa requirements and validates institutional compliance and protocols. IPO is committed to supporting international students’ personal and professional growth from admission up to three years after graduation.

Go Global Education Abroad Programs

Westfield State University students have the opportunity to travel to many places in the world and earn academic credit. The International Programs Office is here to help students make that happen. Our staff will assist students in deciding where to go, which travel option is the best fit, and assist with the process that accompanies studying abroad. Go Global programs include: International Exchange programs, Semester Study Abroad programs, Short-Term Study Abroad programs, National Student Exchange, and the Peace Corps Prep Program.

​​International Student Exchange Programs

Westfield State University has entered into direct student exchange agreements with institutions in China, Japan, Germany, Poland and Turkey. In China, Westfield State University has partnered with Capital Normal University in Beijing and United International College in Zhuhai, on the mainland outside of Hong Kong. At Capital Normal University, students may choose from courses taught in English and in Mandarin; at United International College, the language of instruction is English. In support of this new exchange opportunity, Westfield State’s Language & Culture Studies department offers courses in the Mandarin language.

In Wilhelmshaven, Germany, students from our Economics and Business department and our Computer Science department may study at Jade University, located in northern Germany in a bay on the North Sea. While courses are offered in English, students are encouraged to participate in an intensive German Language course.

In Tokyo, Japan, students may study at Hosei University within the Hosei University Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP) is an independent academic program administered under Hosei University’s International Center. Although ESOP is independent of Hosei University’s regular faculty system, both professors and students from the regular faculties teach and study in ESOP sponsored classes, and ESOP is an integral component in Hosei University’s international cooperation efforts. ESOP was established in 1997 in order to provide meaningful academic opportunities to exchange students from our overseas partner institutions as well as to individual applicants, who wish to experience the reality of modern Japan. Since Hosei University’s International Exchange Center and the ESOP are located on the Ichigaya Campus, exchange students have the opportunity to study and socialize with regular Hosei students in all the academic and extracurricular activities offered at this campus in the heart of Tokyo.

In historic Krosno, Poland, students may study at Krosno State College - known for an English language department that trains professional English interpreters and translators from around Europe. Therefore, students have many choices from among the courses that are taught in English, and may also take beginning Polish and an Introduction to Poland course. Their International Student group is very active, and excursions are planned for each semester.

In Istanbul, Turkey, students may study at Boğaziçi University, established in 1863. The language of instruction at Boğaziçi is English. However, you can learn many languages while you are here as the languages taught at Boğaziçi University include Turkish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Latin, Persian, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Armenian, and Korean. Boğaziçi University takes pride in its lively and colorful campus life. To complement and enrich the academic experience with an active campus life, the university supports student clubs, arts, and sports activities, and provides a variety of services from health care to counseling for students and staff. Campus life aims to cultivate a liberal, democratic and joyful Boğaziçi community.

Students approved to study on exchange for a semester or an academic year remain as Westfield enrolled students and pay their usual Westfield tuition and fees; they also continue their financial aid and insurance eligibility; in most cases, housing, board, and textbook costs are paid to the host institution. To qualify for participation in semester or yearlong programs, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, as well as the approval of their major department chair(s) and the International Programs Office. All courses must be approved in advance and grades earned are calculated into the Westfield grade point average.

Interested students are strongly advised to procure a passport at the earliest opportunity; current passports must be valid through the exchange period and for at least six months beyond it. General information meetings are held at the beginning of each semester. Deadlines to apply for an Exchange are March 1 for a fall placement, and October 1 for spring placements.

Study Abroad

Westfield State is a member of the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), and is also affiliated with Academic Programs International, the Center for International Study, and Global Learning Semesters. The university has entered into Direct Enroll Agreements with Dublin Business School and the Institute of Technology in Sligo Ireland; Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England; Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy; International College of Seville in Seville, Spain; and Charles University in Prauge, Czech Republic.

These study abroad institutions and organizations are committed to developing international dimensions as an integral part of collegiate education and they strive for a high level of academic excellence. Through these consortia and affiliations, Westfield State offers semester or year-long study opportunities at pre-approved locations in many countries such as Australia, Austria, Cyprus, England, France, Ireland, Galapagos Islands, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Egypt, and the Canadian province of Quebec.

International Programs is looking to expand its direct enrollment programs in 2023 with the following universities: Maastricht University in Maastricht, Netherlands; Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia; Veritas University in San Jose, Costa Rica; Ulster University in Northern Ireland; and Richmond, the American University in London, England.​​

National Student Exchange

National Student Exchange (NSE) is a program that gives students the opportunity to attend other NSE schools in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands for a semester or entire school year at either the home or the host school’s in-state tuition rate. The NSE application deadline for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters is in mid-February. Contact IPO for the exact deadline.

Students approved to study with these Study Abroad providers for a semester or an academic year remain as actively enrolled Westfield State students and continue their financial aid and insurance eligibility. Tuition, fees, housing, and textbook costs are paid to the host institution. To qualify for participation in a semester or year-long programs, students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 (some programs have a higher GPA requirement), as well as the approval of their major department chair(s) and the International Programs Office. All courses must be approved in advance and grades earned are calculated into the Westfield GPA. Interested students are strongly advised to procure a passport at the earliest opportunity. Current passports must be valid through the study abroad period and for at least six months beyond it. General information meetings are held at the beginning of each semester. The application deadline for fall term candidates is April 1; the spring deadline is November 1.

Short-Term Courses

Short-term courses are offered during the semester breaks in January and May each year to domestic and international destinations. These faculty-led, credit-bearing learning experiences are short-term, focused, and affordable. Designed to provide greater accessibility to students, and to cover a breadth of academic interests and geographic destinations, faculty and students have traveled to Belize, Costa Rica, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Spain, St. Maarten, Turkey, and Vietnam.

2023 courses will include:

  • Business and Criminal Justice departments traveling to Tuscany, Italy (Prato);
  • Nursing department traveling to Puerto Rico;
  • Environmental Science department traveling to Costa Rica; and
  • the Physician Assistant graduate program traveling to Peru.

First-Year students are eligible to participate in many of these courses. Students interested in these rich learning experiences are strongly advised to procure a passport at their earliest opportunity. Current passports must be valid through the study abroad period and for at least six months beyond. Spaces are limited, therefore, students are urged to apply early.

Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep program aims to advance the goals of the Peace Corps to promote peace and friendship in three ways:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women;
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served; and
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other people’s cultures on the part of Americans.

The Peace Corps Prep program at Westfield State University creates a community of learners and practitioners interested in global awareness, international service, and a commitment to supporting peaceful work wherever it is needed.

The program was developed with the busy Westfield student schedule in mind: most requirements are those that students will complete in their academic program through major and core courses. Through these program requirements: coursework, language and cultural studies, professional development and service, students will gain the skills applicants need to serve in the U.S. Peace Corps or other international service agencies. 

The Peace Corps Prep program is open to all Westfield students in good standing (academic and conduct). Although completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance as a Peace Corps volunteer, the specialized curriculum and experience will significantly increase your chances as an applicant. Upon completion of the Peace Corps Prep program, you will receive an official Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps. As a member of the Peace Corps Prep Program at Westfield State University, you will:

  1. Gain training and experience one of the following work sectors: Community Economic Development, Education, Health, Environment, or Youth in Development;
  2. Develop foreign language skills;
  3. Expand your intercultural competence through coursework and volunteer experiences;
  4. Engage in professional and leadership development;
  5. Enhance your resume and interview skills for future governmental or international work.


Peace Corps Prep. Program Advisors & Contacts
For an application or further information, click here.
Jimena Collingwood
International Programs
Location: Scanlon Hall, Room 204
Email: jcollingwood@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-8818
Junior Delgado
Director, Career Center
Location: Lammers Hall, Career Center A112
Email: jdelgado@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-5206

Hugh Jo
Professor, Political Science
Location: Scanlon Hall, Room 364
Email: hjo@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-8806


Welcome Back Reception and Student Presentations

Each semester, the International Programs Office hosts a reception for students and faculty returning from a short-term course or from a semester away. The campus community is invited to this event in which students and faculty offer presentations about their experiences in the World Outside Westfield. The theme is Worlds Outside Westfield: Accessing Knowledge with the World as our Laboratory. Please join the campus as we celebrate Going Global in September and February each academic year.

International/Intercultural Student Club

Founded by international students attending WSU, and WSU students studying abroad, current students are invited to join the International/Intercultural Club. The club acts as a point of contact and offers support to international students on our campus, as well as students who are studying abroad. Individual members are available to speak with students who are interested in attending the same institution abroad or who want to learn from other students’ first-hand experiences. The club works on fundraising for excursions and study abroad scholarships, and assists the International Programs Office in planning and programming for international and study abroad students. To join, contact the International Programs Office.

IPO Peer Mentor Program

The mission of the IPO International Student Peer Mentor Program is to support new international & exchange students starting at Westfield State University. In this dynamic IPO-sponsored program, mentors and mentees spend time together in one-on-one meetings, group gatherings, and social activities around the city. Involvement in the program offers a fun way for participants to develop leadership skills and foster community among international students in IPO.

Participants commit to meeting at least four times per semester at our IPO group meetings for orientation, events, and one-on-one advising support. The big-group sessions include pertinent topics of discussion, such as culture shock, cross-cultural communication, campus involvement, and leadership. In addition, mentors and mentees meet at least once a month to grab a coffee, share a meal, visit a museum, visit a park, and many other activities.


Contact the International Programs Office
For information on WSU Exchange Programs, Study Abroad opportunities, Short-Term Courses, and National Exchange:
Location: Scanlon Hall, Room 203
Email: IPO@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-8819

For information about International Students and Scholars:
Location: Scanlon Hall, Room 204
Email: IPAC@westfield.ma.edu
Phone: (413) 572-8818

Program websitewestfield.ma.edu/academics/study-abroad
Applications for Exchange, Study Abroad, and Short-Term Courses are available on the website.