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English Degree (B.A.), Literature Concentration

Why Choose a Concentration in Literature?

The study of literature provides, through rigorous analysis of major literary works, a unique experience in recognizing, evaluating, and articulating human values, motives, and qualities.

Requirements for the Concentration in Literature

Requirements for Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools

The Westfield State University program for licensure of teachers of English has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Students wishing to be licensed to teach English at the Middle or High School levels must complete the following:

  • Requirements for all English Majors (noted below)
  • Course work in the Literature Concentration (noted below)
  • Professional Sequence, Middle and Secondary (noted below), using ENGL 0350 as the appropriate methods course
  • The following core courses:  PSYC 0101  (as a pre-requisite for PSYC 0203) and  ENGL 0221 

To be recommended for ENGL 0350, and the teaching practicum, students must have a 2.7 cumulative average in courses counting toward the Literature Concentration, 24 completed credits in Literature, and permission of the Program Director or Chair.

Student progress toward meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits). Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies.  Student teacher placement are limited to within a 30-mile radius of campus.

In order to be eligible for student teaching, a student must have completed all required course and field work, have an overall GPA of 2.8 (including transfer work), and have a passing grade in the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (e.g., Communication and Literacy and subject matter test).

Students strongly are encouraged to use English department advising materials for information about recommended sequencing of required course work.

    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.

    • ENGL 0210 - British Literature to 1603
    • ENGL 0211 - British Literature 1603-1780
    • ENGL 0212 - British Literature from 1780 to the Present
    • ENGL 0216 - American Literature to 1865
    • ENGL 0217 - American Literature Since 1865
    • ENGL 0221 - World Literature *

    Requirements for the Literature Concentration

    The following courses are required for English majors concentrating in Literature:

    • ENGL 0210 - British Literature to 1603

    • ENGL 0211 - British Literature 1603-1780 OR
    • ENGL 0212 - British Literature from 1780 to the Present

    • ENGL 0216 - American Literature to 1865
    • ENGL 0217 - American Literature Since 1865
    • ENGL 0295 - Gateway to Advanced Literary Study
    • ENGL 0300 - Development of the Novel

    • ENGL 0317 - Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories or
    • ENGL 0318 - Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances

    • ENGL 0348 - History of the English Language

    Writing Course

    Choose one of the following writing courses:

    • ENGL 0246 - Creative Writing
    • ENGL 0275 - Journalism I
    • ENGL 0276 - Writing About the Arts
    • ENGL 0285 - Basics of Film Writing
    • ENGL 0303 - Persuasive Communication
    • ENGL 0305 - Grant Writing
    • ENGL 0331 - Special Topics in Professional Writing
    • ENGL 0334 - Special Topics in Rhetoric
    • ENGL 0335 - Special Topics in Creative Writing
    • ENGL 0340 - Creative Non-Fiction
    • ENGL 0345 - Writing Fiction
    • ENGL 0346 - Writing Poetry
    • ENGL 0347 - Advanced Critical Writing
    • ENGL 0371 - Playwriting
    • ENGL 0375 - Journalism II
    • ENGL 0377 - Feature Writing
    • ENGL 0384 - Special Topics in Journalism
    • ENGL 0385 - Screenwriting for Feature Film
    • ENGL 0388 - Special Topics in Writing
    • ENGL 0394 - News Editing
    • ENGL 0395 - Sports Writing

    Diverse Literary Traditions

    Choose one of the following:

    • ENGL 0324 - Advanced Studies in Black American Literature
    • ENGL 0325 - Advanced Studies in Native American Literature
    • ENGL 0326 - Advanced Studies in Global Women's Literature
    • ENGL 0327 - Contemporary Cross-Cultural Literature
    • ENGL 0333 - Advanced Studies in Asian American Literature

    Advanced Coursework

    Choose three of the following (English Education students choose only one):

    • ENGL 0303 - Persuasive Communication
    • ENGL 0311 - The British Novel
    • ENGL 0312 - Queer Literatures and Theory
    • ENGL 0313 - Medieval English Literature
    • ENGL 0314 - Milton
    • ENGL 0317 - Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories
    • ENGL 0318 - Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
    • ENGL 0319 - Victorian Literature
    • ENGL 0323 - The American Novel
    • ENGL 0324 - Advanced Studies in Black American Literature
    • ENGL 0325 - Advanced Studies in Native American Literature
    • ENGL 0326 - Advanced Studies in Global Women's Literature
    • ENGL 0327 - Contemporary Cross-Cultural Literature
    • ENGL 0330 - An Introduction to Modern Literary Criticism
    • ENGL 0331 - Special Topics in Professional Writing
    • ENGL 0332 - Romantic Literature
    • ENGL 0333 - Advanced Studies in Asian American Literature
    • ENGL 0334 - Special Topics in Rhetoric
    • ENGL 0335 - Special Topics in Creative Writing
    • ENGL 0339 - Literature of the Eighteenth Century
    • ENGL 0340 - Creative Non-Fiction
    • ENGL 0341 - Seminar in Major British and American Authors
    • ENGL 0344 - Studies in Satire
    • ENGL 0345 - Writing Fiction
    • ENGL 0346 - Writing Poetry
    • ENGL 0347 - Advanced Critical Writing
    • ENGL 0364 - American Drama
    • ENGL 0365 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism
    • ENGL 0366 - Drama of the Western World
    • ENGL 0367 - Film Theory and Criticism
    • ENGL 0370 - Modern Drama
    • ENGL 0371 - Playwriting
    • ENGL 0372 - History of Prose
    • ENGL 0373 - Literary Journalists
    • ENGL 0375 - Journalism II
    • ENGL 0376 - Modern British and American Poetry
    • ENGL 0377 - Feature Writing
    • ENGL 0382 - Contemporary Poetry
    • ENGL 0384 - Special Topics in Journalism
    • ENGL 0385 - Screenwriting for Feature Film
    • ENGL 0388 - Special Topics in Writing
    • ENGL 0391 - Special Studies in Film
    • ENGL 0393 - History and Development of Motion Pictures
    • ENGL 0397 - Special Topics in Literature

    Required English Education Courses

    • ENGL 0206 - Principles and Applications of Grammar

    • ENGL 0221 - World Literature or
    • ENGL 0322 - Practicum Seminar: English Education
    • ENGL 0327 - Contemporary Cross-Cultural Literature **
    • ENGL 0338 - Young Adult Literature in the ELA Classroom
    • ENGL 0383 - Teaching Writing: Issues in Rhetoric and Composition
    •  ** For teachers of English, this course replaces EDUC 0380 for State diversity requirements in the Professional Sequence, Middle and Secondary Specialist

    Professional Sequence: Middle (Grades 5-8) and Secondary (Grades 8-12)

    The Professional Sequence for Middle and Secondary must be completed by students intending to teach an academic subject area in the Middle or Secondary School. Students must complete an academic major in the subject area in which the licensure is sought.

      Professional Sequence Core:

      • EDUC 0220 - Schools in American Culture (*FB)
      • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education

      Professional Sequence Courses Middle and Secondary:

      • EDUC 0221 - Introduction to Students with Exceptional Learning Needs (*FB)
      • EDUC 0321 - The Middle School and its Students **
      • EDUC 0354 - Educational Planning and Evaluation: Middle and Secondary Schools (*FB)
      • EDUC 0363 - Sheltered English Immersion
      • PSYC 0203 - Adolescent Development
      • Appropriate academic methods course Credits 3 (*FB)

      Note

      *FB indicates field-based course.

      ** Note: Required for Middle School licensure.

        Appropriate Practicum

        • EDUC 0364 - Practicum: Middle School or
        • EDUC 0369 - Practicum: Secondary School

        Pedagogical Coursework

        A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required in pedagogical coursework specific to your licensure program prior to practicum.  Consult with the department on which courses are classified as part of the pedagogy requirements.

          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 .