If you love to read, think, analyze and discuss ideas, and/or write and publish your own work you're a natural Creative Writing major.
The Creative Writing Track of the Writing and Literature major offered through the English Department, allows you to focus on creative writing—poetry, fiction, and creative non- fiction—while still receiving rigorous instruction in literature, literary history, and literary criticism. The Creative Writing Track leads to an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and is designed to allow you to transfer easily to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in English at York College.
In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment. Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
Current Students Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have Questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides. Prospective StudentsReview the Creative Writing Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
Selecting Flexible Core Courses
Creative Writing majors are advised to select courses from the following list to complete the Pathways Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues
First Year, Fall I
First Year, Fall II
First Year, Spring I
Second Year, Fall I
Second Year, Fall II
Second Year, Spring I
See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
The Creative Writing Track leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree and is designed to allow graduating students to transfer easily to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program at York College. Past majors have also transferred to a number of other institutions both inside and outside CUNY, including Hunter College, Baruch College, Queens College, City College, and New York University.
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You love to read, and you love to think about what you
read—not just what it means, but how it feels and how it’s made. You find
yourself picking out passages from your favorite books and reading them out
loud just for the joy of the language. Your friends and younger siblings ask
you to tell them stories. You like poetry, and sometimes you write it.
Unfamiliar words excite you. When you read something, you think about how you
would have made it differently. You are the kind of person who has favorite characters
in the novels you read—but also favorite sentences. You obsess over your blog,
your Tumblr, your fanfics—finding the right words, thinking about how the
themes and plots fit together, worrying about what order it makes sense to post
them in. You keep a journal. When people speak, you notice the words they use.
When you read something really exciting, it makes you want to write. Sometimes
you stare at word so long, you’re not sure it’s a real word anymore. You write
for pleasure. Your room is littered with books. You have noticed that most of
these sentences are in the second person. There are things you really, really
want to read, but no one has written them yet.
Not all of these statements will be true of any aspiring writer. But if any of
them are true for you, then you should consider choosing the Writing and
Literature: Creative Writing Track as your major. The Creative Writing Track is
a specialization within Writing and Literature: you’ll get the same firm
grounding in literary criticism and analysis that LaGuardia’s English
Department provides for its regular majors, but you’ll follow a curriculum
designed to help you think through the problems of literature from the
perspective of someone who wants to make literature, with a special emphasis on
the classic literary genres and on creative writing workshops. There are also
extracurricular activities, like student clubs and literary publications that
will help you to meet other creative writers and gain experience in writing and
editing outside the classroom.