Department of
English and World Literatures

Our students READ THE WORLD as they learn the aesthetic value and power of the written word across histories and cultures.

Outside of the classroom, our students publish the Marymount Manhattan Review, experience the vibrant literary culture of New York City, and intern throughout the metro area, including at The New York Times and other prestigious newspapers, magazines, and media outlets.

Our alumni succeed in graduate school and in  countless professions and have even  published award-winning novels.


The power of literature lies in its ability to reveal new worlds and inspire empathy. Our curriculum focuses on literature and culture from around the globe, equipping students with the broad perspective and cultural literacy to become better readers, writers, and citizens in the 21st century.

Particularly motivated students can pursue a joint BA/MS in Publishing to get an early start on their careers. The poets and novelists among us can minor in Creative Writing.


The EWL major prioritizes helping students develop critical reading, writing, research, and thinking skills essential for success not only in their academic work but also in their professional lives beyond the classroom.  Majors are encouraged to individualize their curriculum through independent studies, to supplement their classroom experiences with internships, and to broaden their global perspective through study abroad.  By the time they graduate, majors are well prepared for graduate school or to pursue careers in advertising, communications, creative writing, journalism, law, media studies, public relations, publishing, and many other fields.