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English Department

Why English?

We offer small class sizes, dedicated full-time faculty, a rigorous curriculum, and opportunities for internships and a variety of co-curricular activities including poetry slams, guest lectures, production of a literary magazine, campus newspaper and participation in a very active English honor society. English education majors also have rich opportunities to attend regional teaching conferences, to apply for scholarships to go to the national conference for teachers of English, and to participate in communitywide workshops on topics such as integrating the arts into English curriculum and creating a digital literacy classroom.

Department Spotlight

Our English majors have regular opportunities to travel to national conferences, including the Sigma Tau Delta Convention (for the national honor society for English majors), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP); they also attend workshops offered by the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP).  At these meetings, students present their research and creative work and have opportunities to hear directly from leading scholars and writers.

Not only do students participate in conferences and workshops, but they also publish their work.  One hallmark of our writing concentration, in particular, is that we encourage our undergraduates to publish their poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in online and print publications.  Two members of the class of 2017 have even had poetry chapbooks accepted for publication.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Academic Pursuit

    The purpose of this club is to provide students with the opportunity to attend a wide array of cultural and artistic events

  • The Westfield Voice

    The Voice is the Westfield State student press with primary emphasis on news that most directly and immediately affects students.