Follow your passion for the written word and hone your writing skills with an English degree.

The English degree programs at Westfield State University are perfect for students who love to read and write, use their imaginations, and engage in ideas about language, literature, and culture. You'll find yourself immersed in these subjects through in-depth discussions and exploration of current research—transforming what you discover in the classroom into practice through your career. Our English degrees emphasize social justice, encouraging writing and critical reading as forms of activism. Optional concentrations in Literature, Writing, and English Teacher Licensure offer specialized training and hands-on experience, preparing you for diverse careers and advanced study.

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  • National AAQEP-accredited English licensure programs

  • Internships in real-world settings like libraries and nonprofits

  • American and global literatures covering diverse topics

Explore your passions with the help of expert faculty mentors.

No matter which English degree you choose, our dedicated faculty, including scholars, published writers, and literary historians, are committed to fostering your success. You’ll benefit from their guidance in small-sized classes, as well as numerous publishing, presentation, and career-building opportunities such as supportive workshops and internships. Bringing diverse perspectives and thoughtful insights into the classroom, you'll be provided personalized attention in an innovative curriculum that covers a wide range of literature, emphasizing ethnic American and global works.

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Get student support from start to finish.

While earning your English degree at Westfield State University, you’ll experience comprehensive support at the Center for Student Success and Engagement. Whether you’re navigating the college transition, seeking academic advice, honing study strategies, or accessing various resources, our dedicated programs are ready to assist you. You’ll also have the support of our Reading and Writing Center, helping you hone your skills and communicate your ideas.

Gain hands-on experience, grow your network, and prepare for your career.

Westfield State University proudly hosts the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP), a vibrant professional community of teachers and educators. At WMWP, educators empower each other through a shared mission to enhance student achievement and success. The project offers a variety of programs and professional development opportunities—like workshops, graduate courses, and more. English majors can also further enrich their experience through internships, clubs, activities, and more.

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Please reach out with any questions you have about the English Department. We are happy to connect with you one-on-one.

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Glen Brewster
Chair – English Department
Bate Hall 128

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