Why Study Literature?

    Literature has a way of transporting its readers across oceans and eras in a personal and intimate journey. Literary exploration as a form of cross-cultural understanding is key to our program. 

    Why Study English and World Literatures at MMC?

    If you want your studies of English and World Literatures to be immersed in literary history and enriched by once-in-a-lifetime cultural events, networking, and internship opportunities, then the question is: Why go anywhere other than NYC? New York City bursts with literary history and culture — from the Cloisters Museum and the Bowery Poetry Club, to the New York Public Library and Edgar Allen Poe Cottage.

    Students are invited to draw connections to other creative fields—art, dance, music, and theatre—as well as subjects that inform both writers and readers: social justice, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. In other words, like the literature that they read, our students’ studies never exist in a vacuum. We stress critical reading and writing, developing skills that will serve students well in any professional capacity from law to journalism.

    What You Will Learn

    The Literature Concentration at MMC goes beyond the usual reading lists with its global, cross-cultural approach. 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 Masters’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.


    • 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

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