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2019-2020 Springfield College Catalog 
2019-2020 Springfield College Catalog

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Program Information

The English major is designed to increase students’ abilities in oral and written expression, to develop their proficiency in reading and analyzing literature, and to stimulate their appreciation, awareness, and understanding of the fundamental human problems and situations revealed in great literature. It also seeks to further develop their skills and techniques in the communicative arts.  English majors may also opt to seek licensure as a teacher of English at the secondary level or licensure as an elementary teacher. English majors, in consultation with their academic advisors, will be expected to work on campus publications and/or contribute writing to these publications. English majors must successfully complete the department’s writing portfolio requirement.

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Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in English

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Contact Information

For more information about the English major, contact Professor Paul Thifault, chairperson of the Literature, Writing and Journalism Department, at (413) 748-3260 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

Curricular Requirements

General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being. 

For specific requirements, see the General Education Program - Traditional Undergraduate Students (40 - 46 credits)  section.

II. Major Requirements

A. Core Requirements (39 credits)

Choose one course from the following (3 credits):

Choose one course from the following (3 credits):

Additional courses (18 credits):

  • Six ENGL courses at the 200 level or above, at least two of which must be at the 300 level.

  • English majors must also successfully complete the department’s writing portfolio requirement.

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

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