2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 27, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, Literature Concentration, B.A.

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Requirements For All English Majors

  1. A minimum of 45 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 Literature Concentration - 45 Credits

Literature - 36 Credits

Students will take a total of twelve courses (36 credits) according to the following distribution:

A total of four courses (12 credits) from 100- and 200-level:

Genre, Period, and Diverse Literary Traditions - 24 Credits

A total of eight courses (24 credits) from 300-level, which are distributed across the three fields listed below.  Students are required to take courses in at least two sub-fields in all three fields.  No double-dipping is allowed for courses.  ENGL 0397 may be used in any of the fields below with approval from the Chair.



Diverse Literary Traditions


* English Literature Concentration majors must take at least one pre-1800 course (at either the 200 or 300-level) from the following list:  ENGL 0210, 0313, 0314, 0317, 0318, 0339, 0348 or 0397 (depending on topic and if approved by Chair).

Capstone Experience - 3 Credits

Students will have one capstone experience in their senior year.  This capstone experience might be an internship, independent study, or an additional upper-level literature or writing class linked to their plans after college.  In all cases, students must submit a rationale to their advisor and to the department chair for their proposed capstone experience, explicitly linking their goals for the capstone experience to post-college plans, whether those plans include graduate studies or career.

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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