• English

    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 English 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:

    • 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.

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    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:

    Business Management
    Book Publishing
    Event Publishing
    Film and Television Writing

    Internet Publishing
    Magazine Publishing

    Nonprofit Management
    Public Relations
    Radio Broadcasting

    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 My LaGuardia 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 curriculum.

    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    English 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 Woman 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

    What are some of the skills practiced by English 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 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.


    What courses are required for the English 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 English 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.


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    The English 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 English 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 English 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 English major will help prepare you for success in any field.

    Visit the Articulation Agreements page to learn more about transfer opportunities.

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    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 an English major is an ideal way to do this.

    The program also provides students with the opportunity for exciting extra-curricular activities. Students in the English 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 The Lit, and The Bridge, offer students relevant experience with literary and journalistic writing. The English 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 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
    • 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.