The study of
literature is not about finding the one right answer; it's about coming up with
your own answers and learning how to justify them.
The Writing and Literature program, administered by the English Department leads to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree and is similar to majoring in English at other colleges. It also offers a Creative Writing Track. The program is designed to help students understand the historical and contemporary importance of writing and literature in diverse cultural contexts. Based on a foundational curriculum that introduces students to literary traditions, the program is organized around the English Department’s elective courses in literature, survey courses, as well as courses in creative and expository writing. The program also draws on LaGuardia’s strong curriculum in the Humanities and Social Sciences for relevant cross-listed courses.
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.
Not only is that the name of our annual fall career panel, it is true
too!Most employers look to hire people with "communication skills"
- a catch-all phrase for someone who can express his/her ideas clearly and
convincingly both orally and in writing. This includes speaking in meetings and
when on the phone and writing in memos and reports, and via e-mail and other
correspondence. They also want someone who can think independently, access
important information, weigh the pros and cons when confronted with several
choices, and make decisions about the best course of action.
Here’s just a few career paths to explore:
AdvisingBusiness ManagementBook PublishingCounselingEvent PublishingFilm and Television Writing
Nonprofit ManagementPublic RelationsRadio BroadcastingTeaching
Please do not feel bound by this list. Being an English major doesn't
limit you to any particular career. Instead, it opens the door to many possible
Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.
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 Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Prospective Students Review the Writing & Literature Curriculum and the recommended courses below.
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
Writing and Literature majors are advised to select courses from the following list to complete the Pathways Flexible Core, assuming the chosen courses are not already being used to satisfy one of the major’s requirements:
World Cultures and Global Issues
US Experience in its Diversity
*Urban Studies course
Note: Student can select only two courses from any onediscipline.
Two Courses from the Literary Studies Discipline
Two Courses from the Creative Writing Discipline
One Course from the Journalism Discipline
One Course from the Applied Linguistics Discipline
ENG250 The Short Story (World Cultures and Global issues)
ENG 292: American Literature I (U.S. Experience in itsDiversity)
ENG276 Fiction Writing Workshop (Creative Expressions)
ENG 210 Journalism: Its Scope and Use (Individual andSociety)
ELL 101: Introduction to Language (Scientific World)
* ENG271 Poetry Writing (Creative Expressions)
*This course represents the additional course required: all five Flexible Core categories are satisfied.
Note: Student can select only two courses from any one discipline.
Two Courses from the Literary Studies Discipline
One Course from the Creative Writing Discipline
Two Courses from the Journalism Discipline
One Course from the Anthropology Discipline
ENG290 British Literature I (World Cultures and Global issues)
ENG225 Afro--American Literature (U.S. Experience in its Diversity)
ENG274 Creative Non--fiction Workshop (Creative Expressions)
ENG 210 Journalism: Its Scope and Use (Individual and Society)
SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology (Scientific World)
* ENG212 Feature Writing for Newspapers (Creative Expressions)
*This course represents the additional course required: all five Flexible Core categories are satisfied
See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.
What are some of the skills practiced by Writing and
Of course you already know how
to read, but as a Writing and Literature major you'll learn how to read more
effectively, how to better understand what you're reading, how to do research,
how to interpret that research to help support your ideas, how to express your
ideas clearly and convincingly in writing, and how to take advantage of the
writing process through drafting, revising, and editing.
What courses are required for the Writing and Literature
major?If you are a current student: Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your
Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.
If you are a prospective student: Review the Creative Writing curriculum
and the recommended course sequence in the Curriculum section above.
Who teaches LaGuardia's Writing and Literature courses?The faculty members in
LaGuardia's English department are caring, dedicated, and experienced
professors who are published writers of fiction, non-fiction, literary
criticism, and poetry. Many have professional ties to both corporate and
nonprofit industries, including publishing, journalism, and radio broadcasting.
questions?Contact the Writing and Literature Program Director:Michelle Pacht, Ph.D.
The Writing and Literature
program curriculum has been developed in close consultation with Queens College
and is designed to articulate fully with the English major there as well as at
John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The credits in Writing and Literature at
LaGuardia will all transfer to the English major and core writing requirements
at both colleges. Liberal Arts courses offered at LaGuardia will fulfill Queens
College General Education requirements. Students who major in Writing and
Literature at LaGuardia and transfer to Queens College or John Jay College of
Criminal Justice will enter as juniors.
Even if you choose to transfer elsewhere or
change majors, the skills you acquire as a Writing and Literature major will
help prepare you for success in any field.
Being a good writer – of exposition, prose, poetry, plays, stories, novels, or other genres – is key to making yourself understood on the page and it can help you express your ideas more clearly when speaking as well. The study of literature is not about finding the one right answer: It’s about coming up with your own answers and learning how to justify them. The philosophy is to stretch your mind, be creative, and learn how to think. Reading great literature can expand your horizons, introduce you to worlds you might otherwise never know, and teach you about the human condition. College is a time to open your eyes to new things – becoming a Writing and Literature major is an ideal way to do this.
The program also provides students with the opportunity for exciting extra-curricular activities. Students in the Writing and Literature program are encouraged to participate in departmental and college-wide activities such as student and faculty fiction and poetry readings. The program hosts a career panel every year, inviting former Writing and Literature majors working in a wide range of fields to share their experiences. Publications, such as Literary LaGuardia, and The Bridge, offer students relevant experience with literary and journalistic writing. The Writing and Literature program offers a path that may lead to careers as diverse as teaching, editing, publishing, journalism, public relations, medicine, law, and many other possibilities.
As a Writing and Literature major you’ll learn
The major thus prepares you to study and work better, to continue your college education and embark on a successful career in a wide variety of fields since the skills you learn can be adapted to almost any educational or work environment, and to lead a richer life – personally, emotionally, and intellectually.