• Creative Writing

    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, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    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.

    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.


    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Maria Shirling, Advising Services
    mshirling@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-730-7577
    B 100P
    Shakira Whitley, Advising Services
    swhitley@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5262
    B 100R

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Office Location
    Dr. Christopher Alexander, English Dept. calexander@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5917 M 109E
    Dr. Carrie Conners, English Dept. cconners@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5965 M 120D

    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 Students
    Review 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 

    Discipline  Course Number Course Name
    Fine Arts 
    HUC150 
    Art of Film
    Fine Arts 
    HUN192 
    Art and Society
    Theater
    HUT210
    Pre-History to the Renaissance
    Theater
    HUT211
    Renaissance to Modern Times

    US Experience in its Diversity 
    Discipline  Course Number  Course Name
    Sociology 
    SSN187
    Urban Sociology
    History 
    SSN240  History of New York City 
    Political Science  SSP101 U.S. Power & Politics

    Creative Expressions 
    Discipline  Course Number  Course Name
    Fine Arts   HUA200
    Art of the 20th Century 
    Fine Arts   HUA202 
    History of Photography 
    Fine Arts  
    HUN195 
    Art in New York 
    Fine Arts   HUP107 
    Philosophy of Art
    Creative Writing  HUC/ENG238 
    Screenwriting 
    Theater 
    HUT101 
    Art of Theatre

    Individual and Society 
    Discipline  Course Number  Course Name
    Philosophy 
    HUP101 
    Introduction to Philosophy 
    Philosophy 
    HUP102 
    Critical Thinking
    Philosophy 
    HUP104 
    Ethics and Moral Issues 
    Philosophy 
    HUP108 
    Environmental Ethics 
    Philosophy 
    HUP114 
    Medical Ethics  
    Philosophy 
    SSY200 
    Personality Psychology 
    Philosophy 
    SSY240 
    Developmental Psychology I 
    Philosophy 
    SSY241 
    Developmental Psychology II
    Philosophy 
    SSY250 
    Social Psychology 

    Scientific World 
    Discipline  Course Number  Course Name
    Applied Linguistics   ELL101 
    Introduction to Language 
    Philosophy
    HUP112 
    Logic & Philosophy 
    Psychology  
    SSY230 
    Abnormal Psychology 
    The following course sequence is recommended for new students.
    Current students should check their Degree Audit.

    First Year, Fall I 

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    New Student Seminar
    Program Core

    ENA/ENC/ENG101
    English Composition I
    Required Core
    3
    ELL101
    Introduction to Language
    Flexible Core: Scientific World
    3
    HUA101
    Introduction to Art
    Program Core
    3
    SSY101
    General Psychology
    Program Core
    3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits:
    12


    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG102
    Writing Through Literature Required Core
    3
    HUP101
    Introduction to Philosophy
    Flexible Core: Individual & Society
    3
    Session Credits:
    6
    Total Credits:
    18


    First Year, Spring I 

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENN198
    Introduction to Creative Writing
    Program Core
    3
    Genre Elective
    Program Core
    3
    SSN187
    Urban Sociology
    Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity
    3
    HUA200
    Art of the 20th Century
    Flexible Core: Creative Expression
    3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits: 30


    Second Year, Fall I 

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    Creative Writing Elective
    Program Core
    3

    Literature Survey Elective (first course)
    Program Core
    3
    HUN192 Art of Film Flexible Core: World Cultures
    3
    SSY230 Abnormal Psychology
    Flexible Core: Scientific World
    3
    Session Credits
    12
    Total Credits
    42


    Second Year, Fall II 

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    MAT107
    Mathematics and the Modern World
    Required Core
    3

    Unrestricted Elective
    Program Core
    3
    Session Credits:
    6
    Total Credits:
    48


    Second Year, Spring I 

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    English Elective
    Program Core
    3
    Literature Survey Elective (second course)
    Program Core
    3
    SCP140 Topics in Astronomy Required Core
    3
    ENG295
    World Literatures Written in English Program Core
    3
    SessionCredits
    12
    TotalCredits
    60


    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.


    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    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.