Writing and Literature (A.A.)

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.

Explore Careers

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.

Transfer Options

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


Required Common Core

Flexible Core3

Curriculum Requirements

Choose 1 course from 3 of the following 4 categories:

Writing

3
ENG 300
Fundamentals of Journalism
3
ENG 303
Journalism: News Writing
3
ENG 304
Journalism: Feature Writing
3
ENG 311
Creative Writing Workshop
3
ENG 314
Advanced Composition
3
ENG 315
Playwriting
OR
3
ENG 335
Autobiography

American Literature

3
ENG 338
Latino/a Literature in the U.S.
3
ENG 339
Asian American Literature
3
ENG 358
Contemporary Urban Writers
3
ENG 360
Italian American Literature
3
ENG 381
American Literature I
3
ENG 382
American Literature II
3
ENG 383
The American Novel
3
ENG 384
Modern American Theatre
3
ENG 393
Comparative Literature I: Survey of Judaic Literature (in English)
3
AFN 321
African-American Writing 18th Century – 1940
3
AFN 322
Contemporary Black Writers
OR
3
AFN 335
History of Black Theatre

British Literature

3
ENG 371
English Literature I
3
ENG 372
English Literature II
OR
3
ENG 373
Introduction to Shakespeare

Transnational or Multi-ethnic Literature:

3
ENG 336
Postcolonial Literature
3
ENG 340
Middle Eastern Literature
3
ENG 391
World Literature I: From Homer to Dante
3
ENG 392
World Literature II: From the Renaissance to Contemporary Times
3
ENG 394
Modern European Novel
OR
3
AFN 338
Black Literature of the Caribbean
6
ENG 391
English III Electives4
3-6
XXX xxx
Modern Foreign Language
3-4

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.

3
Language, Performance & Design Connections – Choose from: BUS 150, ECE 102, LIN 100, MMA 100, MMP 100, SPE 103, SPE 210, SPE 220, SPE 240, THE 100, THE 121, VAT 153, Studio Art or Studio Music
0-3
XXX xxx
General Elective
30
Total Curriculum Credits
60
Total Program Credits

Footnotes

  1. Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.
  2. These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.
  3. No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
  4. Choose two 300-level English courses.

Note

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.

English Department

199 Chambers Street, Room N-751
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8270

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
9 a.m.-5 p.m