Do you find inspiration in the written word? Then focus your aspirations on a life in letters.
Whether you dream of a literary, journalistic, or scholarly career, the Writing and Literature program is committed to realizing your potential as a confident writer and reader. Our faculty of published writers and accomplished scholars will guide the way, sharing the joy of great literature and nurturing the gift of your own writer’s voice.
The Writing and Literature program is divided into general and curriculum requirements. Students take 42 to 44 credits in liberal arts courses to fulfill the program’s general requirements; in addition, students take 18 credits in writing, journalism, ethnic literature or women writers, and communications and theatre arts to fulfill the program’s curriculum requirements.
Writing and Literature students publish their work in student literary publications: a monthly web-based magazine and an annual print journal called Poetry…Mostly. Talks by visiting writers will enhance your studies.
BMCC is committed to students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with an advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.
Students who successfully complete the program earn an associate in arts (AA) degree and are prepared for a career or further education at a four-year college. BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there.
Academic Program Maps
- Writing and Literature Program 2 Year Plan (2019-2020)
- Writing and Literature Program 3 Year Plan (2019-2020)
Required Common Core
- Introduction to Literary Studies is an inquiry into what it means to study literature, involving close reading, critical and creative analysis of a wide variety of prose fiction, drama, and poetry, and informed by an introduction to some of theoretical issues currently invigorating literary studies. In addition to works of literature, students will read critical and theoretical works. This course combines a study of literature with continued training in clear and effective expression. It is designed for prospective Writing and Literature majors and other interested students.
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 121
Corequisite: ENG 201
Choose 1 course from 3 of the following 4 categories:
Transnational or Multi-ethnic Literature:
Cultural Studies – Choose from: ART 103, ART 113, ART 220, ART 250, ART 801, ART 802, ENG 321, MUS 103, MUS 106, MUS 108, MUS 110, MUS 220, MUS 230, MUS 881, SPE 245 or Social Science course.
- Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.
- These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
- Choose two 300-level English courses.
Please note, these requirements are effective the 2017-2018 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.