Being a full-time college student, while also juggling family and work, can be a very daunting challenge. Your instructors understand this and will make every effort to support you as you work to prioritize your education.
In order to ensure student success in all courses, the Department of English has created "Introduction To" sheets for each course:
At the beginning of the semester, your instructor will go over these policies, in addition to his/her syllabus. We expect that all LaGuardia Community College students will be in respectful compliance with the policies laid out in the introduction to each course.
However, in general, to be successful in the Writing Program, you will need to follow these guidelines:
We look forward to having you in our writing courses and hope that these policies will help in making every LaGuardia Community College classroom a wonderful place to learn!
The English Department and our faculty offer fun and rewarding opportunities for sharing and publishing your work. See the list below for details.
The Lit is an online magazine of creative writing and art by students at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, published once a year. We live at thelitmag.com. Each issue is developed by a team of interns enrolled in ENG288, a Spring I elective open to all interested students who want to learn more about online literary and art magazine publishing. We hold a contest every year; submissions open in the fall and close mid-February. Faculty judges will consider submissions for awards in each genre, and the editorial team will also help make selections for general publication. Authors work closely with our creative writing faculty to workshop and edit their pieces prior to publication. You can read more about our submissions guidelines here: https://thelitmag.com/submissions/. Questions? Hit us up at email@example.com, or get in touch with the faculty coordinator, Professor Bethany Holmstrom, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bridge is LaGuardia’s official student newspaper. Find out more by contacting the faculty coordinator Bijoyeta Das at email@example.com.
Asian American Voices is a journal of literary and visual work created by LaGuardia students to celebrate Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander heritages at LaGuardia.Published annually, Asian American Voices aims to showcase the diverse cultures, religions, histories, festivals, languages, and talents of these communities on our campus as well as student work related to Asian American Studies. For more information, contact Professor Anita Baksh (firstname.lastname@example.org). To find out more, explore recent publications:
The English Department contributes to innovative opportunities throughout the college that will support your academic development. These opportunities include Learning Communities, LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative, The Wikipedia Project, and COIL. You are encouraged to join them!
Learning communities are courses clustered around a common theme and taught to the same cohort of liberal arts students by a faculty team. Readings and assignments are shared so that students may better understand connections among different disciplines and to learn with a community of their peers. Students in LaGuardia's learning communities are actively engaged in inquiry and analysis, and critical and creative thinking through teamwork and problem solving. As a result, students who participate in learning communities are more likely to pass their courses and to stay in college.
Since 1974, the Liberal Arts Clusters have offered students a full-time introductory program in the liberal arts, and many of the themes speak to the college's immigrant population and its mission by addressing issues of freedom, work, and diversity. Students take a wide variety of courses including Composition I, The Research Paper, Introduction to Philosophy, Theatre, Sociology, Music, Anthropology, Film, and Media Studies in themed clusters with titles such as "Sex, Money and Pop Culture," "Blacklash: The Urban Black Experience," "Global Politics," and "Constructing Identity."
Contact: Naomi Stubbs 718.482.5680 email@example.com
LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative also known as LHI is a collegewide initiative for students to engage in an interdisciplinary inquiry about a global issue as addressed by the United Nations. Through partnerships with local and global NGOs, LHI provides students with career and professional development workshops, while creating avenues to apply classroom learning and lived experiences to their advocating efforts for an inclusive society. LHI also offers students with opportunities to volunteer, publish, and intern at various organizations. Students are invited to present their work at the annual LHI showcase in June. ALL LHI participating students receive a certificate, digital badge, and one-on-one career counselling on how to document their LHI experiences when transferring or /and when applying for jobs and internships.”
Wikimedia projects are open access, open content, open collaboration research and educational projects published in one or more of Wikimedia Foundation wikis such as Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, and Wikisource. Teachers may assign Wikimedia projects in their research and writing classrooms (such as creating a collaborative textbook in Wikibooks), and they may invite selected students to partner with the archivists and historians of the La Guardia and Wagner Archives to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of the history of New York City in the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives GLAM Project. Every year we coordinate a two-day college-wide Wikipedia translatathon (Wikipedia translation events) open to students, faculty, staff, as well as to the community at large.If you are interested in learning about opportunities to contribute to the largest free knowledge projects in history, please contact Ximena Gallardo C. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) allows students enrolled in English and other classes to collaborate with peers abroad on exciting virtual course projects. COIL projects take place in face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online courses. In the past, students have explored the meaning of quality education in Japan and the US, studied racial injustice through literature in South Africa and the US, co-wrote poetry and attended a book club with students in Russia, and learned about Partition of India with students from several countries whose families have lived through this trauma. The program enables students to obtain a global perspective on the course content while engaging in project-based activities with international peers. They make new friends in other countries, learn about different cultures through authentic interactions, and develop a new level of self-awareness. At the end of their COIL projects, students are invited to present at the COIL Showcase, an international gathering attended by all students and faculty who participated in COIL in a current semester. Students also receive certificates of achievement and are guided to integrate the COIL experience in their career-related documents, such as resumes. Every semester, several LaGuardia professors develop COIL projects in their classes to create an engaging learning environment for their students. You can see current offerings on the COIL website. These courses do not cost extra. All you need to do is sign up as you would for regular courses.
The English Department at LaGuardia recognizes outstanding students by conferring a series of awards at the end of the Spring I semester. For a list of award recipients, see Student Award Recipients.
Award categories and criteria are as follows:
If you love to read, think, analyze and discuss ideas, and/or write and publish your own work you're a natural English major.
Being a good writer - of exposition, prose, poetry, plays, stories, novels, whatever - 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 focus isn't on memorizing dates or equations - it's on stretching your mind, being creative, and learning 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.
Because of articulation agreements already in place with Queens College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, you can graduate from LaGuardia as an English major and transfer to either college as a junior, having already satisfied many of your English degree requirements. Even if you choose to transfer elsewhere or change majors, the skills you acquire as an English major will help prepare you for success in any field.
But 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 any possible future.
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 an English 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.
Of course you already know how to read, but as an English 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.
For a complete list of courses with descriptions, visit our English major website.
Being in college is about engaging your mind, testing it, expanding it, and learning about yourself and the world around you. Being an English major can help you do all these things as it prepares you both to continue your college education and to a successful career in a wide variety of fields since the skills you learn can be adapted to almost any educational or work environment. Being an English major can help you study and work better, but it can also help you live a fuller life - personally, emotionally, and intellectually.
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.