Offerings in the Writing Concentration encourage students to develop their talents in four disciplinary areas: creative writing, professional writing, journalism, 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.
- Our “Career Preparation for Writers” and required internship prepare students for a variety of careers in writing
- Our writing students gain experience with journalism, rhetoric, creative and professional writing
- Our alumni return to mentor students, help them make career connections, and share their writing
- Our graduates go on to top MFA programs in writing and publish their creative work
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
- A minimum of 45 credits is required within the English major.
- 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.
- 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 0112 - Introduction to Black American Literature
- ENGL 0115 - Introduction to Native American Literature
- ENGL 0117 - Introduction to Asian American Literature
- ENGL 0210 - British Literature to 1780
- ENGL 0212 - British Literature from 1780 to the Present
- ENGL 0216 - American Literature to 1865
- ENGL 0217 - American Literature Since 1865
- ENGL 0218 - Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Requirements for the Writing Concentration - 45 Credits
Students completing the Writing Concentration take four courses (or 12 credits) in the Literature area as defined below, and eleven courses (or 33 credits) in the Writing area for a total of 45 credits.
Literature - 12 Credits
A total of four courses (12 credits) are required according to the following distribution:
Maximum of 1 course from the 100-level including:
Minimum of 1 course from the 200-level including:
Minimum of 1 literature course from the 300-level including:
- ENGL 0300 - Development of the Novel
- ENGL 0311 - The British Novel
- ENGL 0312 - Queer Literatures and Theory
- ENGL 0317 - Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories
- 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 0332 - Romantic Literature
- ENGL 0333 - Advanced Studies in Asian American Literature
- ENGL 0339 - Literature of the Eighteenth Century
- ENGL 0341 - Seminar in Major British and American Authors
- ENGL 0364 - American Drama
- ENGL 0365 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism
- ENGL 0367 - Film Theory and Criticism
- ENGL 0370 - Modern Drama
- ENGL 0376 - Modern British and American Poetry
- ENGL 0382 - Contemporary Poetry
- ENGL 0391 - Special Studies in Film
- ENGL 0393 - History and Development of Motion Pictures
- ENGL 0397 - Special Topics in Literature
* One course must be a Diverse Literary Traditions course (indicated with *).
Writing - 27 Credits
- ENGL 0202 - Composition II: Rhetoric and Research
- A total of eight courses (24 credits) are required from the following categories. A minimum of one course per category is required.
Rhetoric and Writing:
- ENGL 0301 - Tutoring Writing
- ENGL 0302 - Writing Matters: History, Theory, Technology, and Action
- ENGL 0303 - Persuasive Communication
- COMM 0303 - Persuasive Communication
- ENGL 0334 - Special Topics in Rhetoric
- ENGL 0347 - Advanced Critical Writing
- ENGL 0383 - Teaching Writing: Issues in Rhetoric and Composition
Careeer Planning - 6 Credits
Writing Concentration students are required to complete two courses in Career Preparation. A 3-credit internship in English, ENGL 0380, which provides supervised work experience in a non-classroom context and setting. During their junior or senior year, students apply skills learned in the program in occupational settings and real-world consequences. Work experience gained through the Internship typically culminates in a more competitive post-graduate job placement or graduate school acceptance rate. For Writing Concentration students an internship 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. Career Preparation for Writers, ENGL 0329, helps to ensure that students develop the tools they need to be professional writers, including putting together portfolios, preparing job materials, and writing personal statements.