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    Why Study English and World Literatures?

    The English and World Literatures major understands the power of the written word across genres, histories, and cultures.

    Why Study English and World Literatures at MMC?

    At MMC, you’ll experience a program tailored to your interests. You will find classes on Chaucer and Shakespeare, but you could also take courses on the Caribbean or African literature, writing creative nonfiction, and the films of Pedro Almodovar over the course of your college career. Individualize your curriculum through independent studies. Broaden your global perspective through study abroad. Many students double major or minor at the college, finding that the skills gained in EWL extend to all their academic and creative pursuits.

    As an upper-level student, you may serve as a Teaching Apprentice in a lower-level course, assist a professor as a Research Apprentice, or even pursue our joint BA/MS in publishing program with Pace University to get an early start on your career. You may also choose to join the editorial team of the Carson Review, our literary magazine, or The Monitor, the school newspaper.

    What You Will Learn

    Attention to career development is integrated into our curriculum: develop critical reading, writing, research, and thinking skills essential for success not only in your academic work but also in your professional lives beyond the classroom. Individualize your curriculum through independent studies. Broaden your global perspective through study abroad. Many students double major or minor at the college, finding that the skills gained in EWL extend to all their academic and creative pursuits.

    Contact

    Chair and Professor of English and World Literatures

    Michael Colvin
    mcolvin@mmm.edu
    646-393-4116

    Concentrations

    Literature and Media Concentration

    The Literature and Media concentration extends students writing, analytical, and research skills to understand and interpret various media, including film, television, and new technology. This is EWL’s home for budding filmmakers, video documentarians, long-form journalists, fan fiction writers, and social media practitioners who bring literary sensibilities to their work.

    World Literature Concentration

    The Worlf Literature Concentration at MMC goes beyond the usual reading lists with its global, cross-cultural approach. And the program also goes beyond simply reading: our students analyze, interpret, discuss, and debate the meaning of compelling texts, classic and contemporary.

    Program Highlights

    The New York Public Library

    New York City bursts with literary history and culture — from Shakespeare in the Park and the Public Theater to the New York Public Library and Strand Bookstore in the East Village.

    It’s a city where the streets offer a map of literary history filled with places from which classics sprang. The literary past of New York City is only surpassed by its present— find writing, performance, and cultural events any night of the week.

    Solange Guerrero and Cassie Sublette
    Attention to career development is integrated into our curriculum: develop critical reading, writing, research, and thinking skills essential for success not only in your academic work but also in your professional lives beyond the classroom.  
    Pace University
    MMC has a unique partnership with Pace University that allows up to two qualified students per year to begin pursuing their Master’s degree in Publishing while completing their undergraduate degree. This program offers considerable advantages for students who are eager to establish themselves on a career path beyond entry-level positions in publishing and is particularly attractive to students who have strong interests in language, literature, and writing.

     

    Careers and Outcomes

    As an English and World Literatures major, you will be well prepared for numerous options after you graduate — from graduate school to careers in a wide range of professions.

    Careers

    • Technical Writer
    • Social Media Manager
    • Lawyer
    • Teacher
    • Editor
    • Content Manager

    The Carson Review

    The mark of a thriving undergraduate creative writing program is in the eminence of its student literary magazine: The Carson Review is Marymount Manhattan College’s creative writing journal, published once a year in the spring.

    Learn more about The Carson Review

    Start your journey today.

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