• Writing and Literature

    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 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 advisement 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. You can also stay up to date on the Writing & Literature Facebook page.

    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
    Jayashreee Kamble, English jkamble@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-349-4066 M 109D
    Michelle Pacht, English mpacht@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5914 M 111F


    If you are looking for information about Creative Writing Track, please click here.

    You can do anything with an English Major!

    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.

    Employers recognize that being a Writing and Literature major enhances all these skills. They know that if you've had practice interpreting literature, discussing your ideas in class, researching authors, developing thesis statements, and drafting, editing and revising essays you have the kind of experience they need.
     

    Here’s just a few career paths to explore:

    Advising
    Business Management
    Book Publishing
    Counseling
    Event Publishing
    Film and Television Writing

    Fundraising
    Internet Publishing
    Journalism
    Law
    Magazine Publishing
    Marketing

    Nonprofit Management
    Public Relations
    Radio Broadcasting
    Teaching
     


    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 futures!


    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

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
     Literature   ENG205   The Bible as Literature
     Literature   ENG250   The Short Story
     Literature   ENG266   Shakespeare
     Literature   ENG270   Introduction to Poetry
     Literature   ENG290   British Literature I

    US Experience in its Diversity

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
     Literature   ENG204    Asian American Literature
     Literature   ENG225   Afro-American Literature
     Literature   ENG248   Latina/o Writing in the US
     Literature   ENG268   The Immigrant Experience in American Literature
     Literature   ENG292   American Literature I
     Literature   ENN195   Violence in American Art & Culture*

    Creative Expression

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
     Creative Writing   ENG271   Poetry Writing
     Creative Writing   ENG274   Creative Non-fiction Workshop
     Creative Writing   ENG276   Fiction Writing Workshop
     Creative Writing   ENN198   Creative Writing Workshop*
     Creative Writing   HUC/ENG238   Screenwriting
     Journalism   ENG212    Feature Writing for Newspapers 
     Literature   ENG275    The Women Writer 

    Scientific World

    Discipline   Course Number  Course Name
     Applied Linguistics  ELL101  Introduction to Language
     Philosophy  HUP112   Logic and Philosophy 
     Mathematics  MAT200  Pre-Calculus (STEM)
     Mathematics   MAT201   Calculus I (STEM) 
     Biology  SCB115   Principles of Biology I (STEM) 
     Biology  SCB165   Vertebrae Evolution 
     Biology  SCB201   Fundamentals of Biology I (STEM) 
     Biology  SCB202   Fundamentals of Biology II (STEM)
     Biology   SCB203   Human Anatomy & Physiology I (STEM) 
     Biology   SCB204   Human Anatomy & Physiology II (STEM) 
     Biology  SCB265   Fundamentals of Ecology (STEM) 
     Chemistry   SCC201   Fundamentals of Chemistry I (STEM) 
     Chemistry  SCC202   Fundamentals of Chemistry II (STEM) 
     Chemistry   SCC105  Introduction to Chemistry (STEM) 
     Chemistry   SCC110   Foundations of Chemistry (STEM) 
     Physics   SCP160  Foundations for the Physical Sciences
     Physics  SCP201  Fundamentals of Physics I (STEM)
     Physics  SCP202  Fundamentals of Physics II (STEM)
     Physics  SCP231  General Physics I (STEM) 
     Physics  SCP232   General Physics II (STEM)
     Anthropology  SSA100  Introduction to Anthropology
     Anthropology  SSA103  Introduction to Archaeology
     Psychology  SSY101  General Psychology
     Psychology  SSY230  Abnormal Psychlogy



    *Urban Studies course


    Example #1

    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.


    Example #2

    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 Literature majors?

    • close reading
    • critical thinking
    • literary analysis
    • interpretation
    • persuasion
    • research
    • writing clearly and convincingly
    • writing as process
    • drafting
    • editing
    • revising

    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.

     

    Still have questions?
    Contact the Writing and Literature Program Director:
    Michelle Pacht, Ph.D.
    mpacht@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5914



    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

    • 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
    • How to take advantage of the writing process through drafting, revising, and editing

    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.