Marymount Manhattan

Our Promises

You will come to understand literature as an essential tool for experiencing the world.

While many English curriculums in high schools and other colleges are grounded exclusively or primarily in the study of literature written in Great Britain and the United States, our literature major has gone global. 

Our majors study literature in a global context and, in doing so, are uniquely prepared for global citizenship.  While the majority of our majors study global literature in translation, for majors prepared to study texts in their original language, we can make this happen. 

You will be able to complement your classroom learning with unparalleled access to the global resources of New York City.

From literary events featuring world-renowned authors to visits to world-class museums, we promise our students an active and engaged educational experience.  The resources of New York City are practically limitless—the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Chinese in America, the Tenement Museum, the Frick Collection, the Morgan Library, the Cloisters, the Asia Society, the Japan Society, the Hispanic Society of America, El Museo del Barrio, the Museum for African Art, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of the City of New York, the National Museum of the American Indian, the New York Public Library—the list goes on and on. 

At the same time, we bring the resources of New York City to Marymount Manhattan, hosting special events that give our majors unparalleled access to writers, poets, literary scholars, journalists, and other professionals who offer their perspectives on literary studies as an academic endeavor and a path to professional success and fulfillment. 

You will have opportunities to extend your learning from the classroom to hands-on experiences.

We encourage our majors to enhance their work in the classroom with experiences that extend beyond it, beginning with the school’s newspaper, The Monitor, and our literary journal, The Marymount Manhattan Review

Students are also encouraged to seek internships outside of the College as a way of connecting their academic work and their professional aspirations.  Once again, the resources of New York City are at our students’ fingertips.  Students are encouraged to take the lead in seeking internships and are also provided support through one-on-one connections with faculty sponsors and from our Office of Career Services.  Our students have benefitted from an incredible array of internship experiences.

For some students, experiencing the world through the study of literature in our classrooms is supplemented by studying abroad.  From classes organized by Marymount faculty to participation in study abroad programs offered by other institutions, our students are encouraged to pursue opportunities to experience firsthand the world that they encounter in literature.

You will have the full support of a dedicated team of scholar-teachers to inspire you, challenge you, and mentor you.

From their introductory courses to their senior seminars, our majors work almost exclusively with full-time members of the faculty who are dedicated to their work in the classroom and to their work as scholars and artists. 

We are not the kind of department where high-profile faculty “superstars” are used to recruit students who then never have access to them but are instead herded by a cadre of part-time faculty and graduate students.  Our majors have countless opportunities to work very closely with faculty members who are experts in their fields and fully engaged in their own work—publishing books and articles, presenting their work at academic conferences and literary events, and engaging in an array of other professional activities. 

At the same time, our faculty is fully dedicated to excelling in the classroom.  In essence, we love to teach and have dedicated ourselves to providing our students with the best possible educational experience.  What this means is that our majors benefit from the support and mentorship of faculty who are fully engaged in our professional lives and who bring these experiences into our classrooms. 

You will study in an intimate and engaging classroom setting.

Too many colleges and universities have traded classrooms for lecture halls and have reduced individual students to masses identified by identification numbers.  In our department, we meet our majors in their first semesters and continue to work with them throughout their years at MMC in classes that average between 12 and 20 students.  No hiding at the back of the lecture hall!  We expect our students to be actively engaged in their learning. 

From interactive lectures and discussions to small group work and workshopping creative writing, faculty and students work collaboratively in an environment that promotes learning.  This contact between faculty and students carries over into faculty engagement with students over their course work. 

We do not rely on graduate assistants to grade our students’ work.  We dedicate our time and energy to reading and responding to students’ work both in written comments and very often in one-on-one conferences.  Thus, we engage with our students both inside and outside of the classroom to maximize their educational experience. 

You will hone a range of skills that will prepare you for an array of career paths.

We know that for students and their families, a primary concern is what they will do after they graduate.  For us, the academic study of literature and preparation for professional success go hand in hand.  We believe that one of the crucial ways to bridge them is through constant focus on developing skills that are highly transferable to a number of careers. 

First and foremost, our majors emerge with finely tuned research and writing skills.  For students who choose to supplement their major with courses in one of our minors, these skills can also extend to creative writing, journalism, and expertise in foreign languages.  We do not consider development of these skills as secondary to the study of literature; rather, we ensure that the study of literature serves as an excellent foundation for development of skills that will serve our students extremely well as they embark on their professional careers. 

From graduate study in literature, creative writing, or other academic disciplines to law school; from journalism and publishing to marketing and public relations; from teaching in the United States or abroad to business and finance; we have watched our alums excel in any number of careers and know that we provide a solid foundation for whatever our students choose to do.