English Degree (B.A.), Writing Concentration

Why Choose a Concentration in Writing?

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 the Concentration in Writing

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 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.

    Literature - 18 Credits

     

    • 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

    Any two of the following genre courses:

     

      Poetry:

       

      • ENGL 0376 - Modern British and American Poetry
      • ENGL 0382 - Contemporary Poetry

      Fiction:

       

      • ENGL 0300 - Development of the Novel
      • ENGL 0311 - The British Novel
      • ENGL 0323 - The American Novel

      Prose:

       

      • ENGL 0330 - An Introduction to Modern Literary Criticism
      • ENGL 0372 - History of Prose
      • ENGL 0373 - Literary Journalists

      Drama:

       

      • ENGL 0287 - World Drama
      • ENGL 0317 - Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories
      • ENGL 0318 - Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
      • ENGL 0364 - American Drama
      • ENGL 0366 - Drama of the Western World
      • ENGL 0370 - Modern Drama

      Film:

       

      • ENGL 0391 - Special Studies in Film
      • ENGL 0393 - History and Development of Motion Pictures

      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.

        Creative Writing:

         

        • ENGL 0246 - Creative Writing
        • ENGL 0335 - Special Topics in Creative Writing
        • ENGL 0340 - Creative Non-Fiction
        • ENGL 0345 - Writing Fiction
        • ENGL 0346 - Writing Poetry
        • ENGL 0371 - Playwriting
        • ENGL 0385 - Screenwriting for Feature Film

        Professional Writing:

         

        • ENGL 0275 - Journalism I or
        • COMM 0275 - Journalism I

        • ENGL 0276 - Writing About the Arts
        • ENGL 0285 - Basics of Film Writing
        • ENGL 0305 - Grant Writing
        • ENGL 0331 - Special Topics in Professional Writing

        • ENGL 0375 - Journalism II or
        • COMM 0375 - Journalism II

        • ENGL 0377 - Feature Writing
        • ENGL 0394 - News Editing

        • ENGL 0395 - Sports Writing or
        • COMM 0395 - Sports Writing

        • COMM 0332 - Writing for the Electronic Media

        Rhetoric and Writing:

         

        • ENGL 0303 - Persuasive Communication or
        • COMM 0303 - Persuasive Communication

        • ENGL 0301 - Tutoring Writing
        • ENGL 0334 - Special Topics in Rhetoric
        • ENGL 0347 - Advanced Critical Writing
        • ENGL 0383 - Teaching Writing: Issues in Rhetoric and Composition

        Internship:

        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.

        • ENGL 0380 - Internship in English

        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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