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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 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

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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