Marymount Manhattan

Prep for Graduate School

First, it should be pointed out that most law schools do not require that you major in Pre-Law.

Law School

If you major in English, say, or history, you’ll still be on the right track. Crucial to a Pre-Law major are critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. After all, as a lawyer, your job will require drafting cogent arguments and solutions to problems, then communicating those arguments and solutions effectively to persuade and convince a judge or jury.

With a Pre-Law major, you’ll be taking courses dealing with crime, government, and international issues, but most of your study will consist of courses in the humanities and social sciences. Your education will give you perspectives on human nature, skills in oral and written communication, and the knowledge you’ll need to be a careful and creative thinker.​

A Pre-Law major will give you the opportunity to take courses in many different disciplines. Political science, anthropology, psychology, government, English, logic, philosophy, and history are only a few of the possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to take math and science courses as well. You’ll have to unravel quantitative mysteries as a lawyer, too. Your chances of being accepted into a good law school will be greatly improved if you can demonstrate knowledge in many areas. Knowledge of a foreign language will also give you an edge in our increasingly international culture.​
From: The Princeton Review

Medical School

The percentage of non-science majors accepted into medical school fits well with the assertion of the need for graduates to have a broad breadth of knowledge. Students with a strong background and success in the sciences need not necessarily major in the sciences to get accepted into medical school. The percentage of applicants accepted to medical school among non-science majors was 45.5 percent, only slightly lower than the percentage among science majors and interdisciplinary majors. Of the non-science majors, the field of anthropology was the field with the highest acceptance rate at 53.5 percent. History, English, economics, and philosophy were also well-represented among the non-science majors at a rate of 50 percent or better.
- From: “The Best Majors for Admission to Medical School”


Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1006-brittany-murphy"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8178_b_murphy.jpg" alt="Brittany Murphy" title="Brittany Murphy" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> As an English & World Literatures major, Brittany participated in our joint program with Pace University, which allowed her to begin pursuing her Masters degree in Publishing while still completing her undergraduate degree at Marymount Manhattan.  Brittany is currently a development editor at W.H. Freeman & Co.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1006-brittany-murphy">Brittany Murphy</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/989-farah-minwalla"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/265,0,1598,1333/8165_minwalla.jpg" alt="Farah Minwalla" title="Farah Minwalla" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> <em>Interned at SPIN Magazine, Senator Charles Schumer’s Office, Common Cause, the Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection<br/></em>“My internship experiences provided me a glimpse of what life after college would be like without the shock of graduating college and starting my first job with little to no work experience. I am very grateful to the guidance I got from the faculty as well as the internship and résumé help I received from the staff in the Office of Career Services. Marymount Manhattan is a great place for taking advantage of the wonderful resources of New York City.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/989-farah-minwalla">Farah Minwalla</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1009-brianna-stimpson"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8181_brianna.jpg" alt="Brianna Stimpson" title="Brianna Stimpson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> After graduating in 2012, Brianna traveled to Asia for seventeen months to teach English in South Korea, work in news radio in Cambodia, and explore new cultures. She worked on the launch team for a state-of-the-art multiplatform performance venue The Greene Space in SoHo New York City, and is now working with NPR’s Branded Events Department to produce local and national multiplatform content from NPR’s new headquarters in Washington DC.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1009-brianna-stimpson">Brianna Stimpson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1000-jessica-dragonetti"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,180,1293,1473/7838_jessica.jpg" alt="Jessica Dragonetti" title="Jessica Dragonetti" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Jessica is currently the Greenmarket Coordinator at Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit focused on increasing economic stability for immigrant women through culinary workforce development and kitchen incubator programs. Prior to working in the public sector, she was in charge of retail sales and business development for the 100-year-old Orwashers Bakery, just blocks away from MMC. Jessica is currently enrolled in Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs as an MPA candidate.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1000-jessica-dragonetti">Jessica Dragonetti</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/988-cameron-cain"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,5,639,644/8163_ccain.jpg" alt="Cameron Cain" title="Cameron Cain" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> <em>Interned at Scholastic Corporation and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine</em><br/> “You hear it from all quarters: these days a college degree is simply not enough. If you graduate without at least one internship under your belt, your reśumé can end up on the bottom of the pile. But while internships may be vital to your future employment prospects, those internships can vary enormously in terms of what you get to do and what you end up learning. In my case, I’ve had two editorial internships. The first was at Scholastic, a company that publishes educational material for teachers, parents, and children.  The second was at Condé Nast Traveler Magazine,  where I was able to attend production meetings  and had opportunities to work on many interesting projects, including the creation of a family travel app for smartphones and iPads.  Both internships gave me the chance to learn from some incredible writers and editors, and to put into practice some of the skills that I have acquired as an English & World Literatures major and and journalism minor, including researching, editing, fact checking and pitching story ideas. Perhaps most valuable of all though was the glimpse that I had, warts and all, of what life is like in the publishing industry.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/988-cameron-cain">Cameron Cain</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/999-thomas-fabricio"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8172_t_fabricio.jpg" alt="Thomas Fabricio" title="Thomas Fabricio" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The English & World Literatures major at MMC exposed me to an array of rich literary texts that I would not have read otherwise. Working through the major gave me the skill of literary criticism and analysis. The fact is that my work today, as a practicing attorney, and previously in law school, required me to employ the textual analytical skills gained at Marymount. Specifically, we learned to closely read texts and write about their meaning within different contexts and from different perspectives. We did this by learning theories of criticism and applying the theories to certain texts. That’s essentially what lawyers do, we apply laws to facts. The experiences and skills I gained from the MMC English & World Literatures major have been an essential building block in my professional career.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/999-thomas-fabricio">Thomas Fabricio</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/995-meghan-quinlan"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/179,35,554,410/8167_quinlan.jpg" alt="Meghan Quinlan" title="Meghan Quinlan" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The class sizes were small, which allowed for in-depth and personalized feedback from professors and a lot of freedom to explore what interested me most within each course. As a double major with dance, I was often encouraged to integrate interdisciplinary concepts and methods in my work as an English & World Literatures major, which was really exciting and useful!”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/995-meghan-quinlan">Meghan Quinlan</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1001-ryan-lawlor"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8173_r_lawlor.jpg" alt="Ryan Lawlor" title="Ryan Lawlor" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Ryan was a double major in English & World Literatures and Political Science.  He went to law school at St. John’s University and is currently an attorney at the Law Offices of Eric H. Green and Associates.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1001-ryan-lawlor">Ryan Lawlor</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2005, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1108-renee-watson"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/644,322,1094,772/8674_r_watson_edit.jpg" alt="Renee Watson" title="Renee Watson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Transferring from a few different large universities in Texas and finally ending up at MMC, I entered the EWL and Creative Writing departments with a mindset that hindered my current accomplishments greatly. Only when I realized what the knowledgeable and encouraging professors could offer me did I begin to push myself, taking whatever they gave me and turning it into valuable insight for the future. I joined <em><a href="/departments/english/mmc-review.php">The Review</a></em> and was an active participant for 2 ½ years, even submitting and publishing a fiction piece in the magazine during my final year. Though I applied to several publishing-related internships during my time at MMC, I, unfortunately, did not have enough experience as my peers. Professor Feilla then persuaded me to join Pace’s Publishing program, and using that experience, along with what the English and World Literatures and Creative Writing departments and <em>The Review</em> offered me, I finally landed an internship at Oxford University Press, where I was a production intern. This spring, I’ll be a managing editorial intern at Open Road Integrated Media, and by May, I’ll have an MS in Publishing.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1108-renee-watson">Renee Watson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/826-amanda-dilodovico"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/13,0,148,135/8170_a_dilodovico.jpg" alt="Amanda DiLodovico" title="Amanda DiLodovico" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The faculty in the English & World Literatures major not only offered me guidance, generosity, and knowledge, but also provided me with the tools to write effectively, think critically, and produce high-quality work. These skills are of immense value; however, the most precious resource that I gained as an EWL major was and continues to be the working relationships I developed with the department’s wonderful professors. They always considered my post-graduate interests in coursework and accommodated my dual major with ease. The English & World Literatures faculty, who I still consider allies today, not only offered me options, but provided me with a glimpse of the stellar career I could one day achieve. Since leaving MMC I earned my M.A. in Performance Studies at New York University, a discipline that incorporates both of my interests in literary/critical theory and dance performance. I hope to earn my doctorate so that I can become a college or university professor, and one day provide the same skills, options, and enlightenment to eager students that the English & World Literatures professors at MMC awarded me. I look forward to continuing my academic work in the near future and, of course, doing a great many things with my B.A. in English & World Literatures!”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/826-amanda-dilodovico">Amanda DiLodovico</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1007-alexandra-palmer"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8179_a_palmer.jpg" alt="Alexandra Palmer" title="Alexandra Palmer" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Alexandra graduated from MMC with a major in English and World Literatures and a minor in Hispanic Studies in 2012. She was accepted into the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU to pursue her Masters degree. She also received two departmental fellowships to attend the Reporting New York program where she will learn how to create her own broadcasts on stories specific to the NY area and the nation.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1007-alexandra-palmer">Alexandra Palmer</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/824-katie-coyle"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/6,0,472,466/7414_kcoyle.jpg" alt="Katie Coyle" title="Katie Coyle" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Katie received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Her writing has been published in The Southeast Review, Cobalt, and Critical Quarterly, among others. Her debut YA novel <em>Vivian Versus the Apocalypse</em> was published in 2013.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/824-katie-coyle">Katie Coyle</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/996-ashley-quinn"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/8168_a_quinn.jpg" alt="Ashley Quinn" title="Ashley Quinn" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Ashley Quinn has been working at Media Information Services, a media advertising and intelligence firm in Manhattan, for the last five years. She is also slowly working on her  masters in Elementary Education at Hunter College.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/996-ashley-quinn">Ashley Quinn</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2007, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/997-ginger-kimler"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/0,248,899,1147/8169_ginger_photo_350_ppi.jpg" alt="Ginger Kimler" title="Ginger Kimler" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The support I got from the professors at MMC gave me the confidence to go anywhere and do anything! The English & World Literatures faculty especially felt like family. My professors knew I had a question just by the look on my face—I didn’t even have to raise my hand!”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/997-ginger-kimler">Ginger Kimler</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2007, Major in English and World Literatures</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/994-cameron-kelsall"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/215/src_region/17,0,114,98/8164_cameron.jpg" alt="Cameron Kelsall" title="Cameron Kelsall" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The English and World Literatures major’s rigorous academic standards, diverse array of coursework, and emphasis on close working relationships between faculty and students perfectly prepared me to undertake graduate studies and begin teaching at the college level. English is one of the quintessential liberal arts majors, and I found the education offered at MMC has been invaluable to me in more ways than I can name.” </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/994-cameron-kelsall">Cameron Kelsall</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2010, Major in <a href="/departments/english/index.php">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>