2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, Writing Concentration, B.A.

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Offerings in the Writing Concentration encourage students to develop their talents in three disciplinary areas: creative writing, professional writing, and rhetoric. Every student is also required to take at least one semester-long internship, and most students choose to study one area of writing in more depth, such as poetry or prose (fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting) in the creative area, or journalism (feature writing, editing, sportswriting) or teaching of writing in the professional area.

Requirements For All English Majors

  1. A minimum of 39 credits is required within the English major.
  2. Completion of at least two college semesters of one foreign language is required, unless during high school the student has (a) completed three years of study of one foreign language, or (b) completed two years of study in each of two foreign languages. A student may also satisfy the foreign language requirement by passing a proficiency examination designed nationally and administered locally.
  3. Students who transfer into the English major from other institutions must complete 21 credit hours in English at Westfield State University.

Students may satisfy three of the required six credits in the Literary and Philosophical analysis area of the core with any of the courses on the following list. English Education students may satisfy all 6 of the required Literary and Philosophical analysis credits with courses from this list.

Requirements for the Writing Concentration - 42 Credits

Students completing the Writing Concentration take six courses, or 18 credits, in the Literature area as defined below, and eight courses, or 24 credits, in the Writing area for a total of 42 credits.

Writing - 24 Credits

A total of eights courses (24 credits) are required from the following categories. A minimum of one course per category is required.


Writing Concentration students are required to complete one 3-credit internship in English, ENGL 0380  , which provides supervised work experience in a non-classroom context and setting.  Taken during the Junior or Senior year, students apply skills learned in the program in occupational settings with real-world consequences.  Through the Internship, students may elect to complete up to 12 credits for on or off-campus work experience.  Work experience gained through the Internship typically culminates in a more competitive post-graduate job placement or graduate school acceptance rate.  For Writing Concentrations majors it is a critical part of their preparation for entering the workforces, and interns often parlay their experience directly into paid employment as an extension of their professional relationship with their respective organizations when their internships are completed.

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements  and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core  .

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