The English Department prepares students who have various levels of proficiency to reach an optimum level of performance in writing. The courses offered by the department enable students to qualify for graduation and to perform successfully in four-year colleges.
The Writing and Literature program trains students to think and write critically about literature, write journalism, and compose poems, plays, and stories.
The BMCC Writers Guild allows writers to share their work, meet fellow writers, and participate in activities and events such as invited speakers within the writing profession and open mic events, etc. The Writers Guild also publishes a journal of literature and art. For more information about this and other student organizations, contact the Organization of Student Activities.
The English Department presents the annual Working Writers series of author talks. Check the events calendar for future listings.
Each year, cash and kudos go to the top student-writers in a writing awards program sponsored and judged by the English department faculty. The entrants in three categories—journalism, creative writing, and academic writing—are celebrated with an afternoon of readings by the winners and keynote speeches by such notable writers as novelist Elizabeth Nunez and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Roger Hernandez.
All BMCC students are required to take English 101 and English 201 (or English 121 which combines both). Liberal Arts students are required to take one three-credit course beyond English 201. This requirement may be fulfilled by an English III course or by literature courses offered in the Center for Ethnic Studies (African-American, Asian-American, and Latino/a literature).
All entering students are required to take the CUNY/ACT Writing test for placement. Students who score below 7 will enroll in an appropriate remedial writing course and will not be permitted to enroll in English 101 until they complete their remedial requirements. The BMCC Testing Office offers free workshops for students who are taking CUNY/ACT tests in reading, writing or math. The Basic Skills English Lab helps students prepare for the CUNY/ACT Reading test.