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English Classes in NYC with Degree Program Information

Feb 22, 2019

The New York City area has 72 colleges that offer English classes, including three that are located within five miles of downtown. Learn about these three schools here, including their degree programs, admissions info and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

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NYC Schools that Offer English Classes

New York City has a large number of schools that offer English classes and degrees, including the community college, liberal arts school and private university featured below. Read about the English programs offered at each of the three schools below, and find a comparison table with essential institutional information, as well as an overview of five other colleges and universities that offer English classes.

  • New York University in downtown Manhattan, one of the largest universities in the United States, also has campuses and centers around the globe. The university offers both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in English.
  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, also located downtown, enrolls close to 27,000 students annually. The college is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) and offers an associate degree in writing and literature.
  • Marymount Manhattan College is a private liberal arts college located less than five miles from the downtown area that offers study abroad, cooperative degrees with area universities and other special programs. These include a bachelor's degree in literature.

Comparison of Schools

This table is designed to provide you with an easy way to compare the significant differences in tuition and acceptance rates at the three featured schools. It also includes information about financial aid, retention rates and graduation.

New York University CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College Marymount Manhattan College
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit 2-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2016-2017) 51,123* 26,932* 2,150*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $50,464* In-state: $5,170, out-of-state: $8,050* $31,950*
% of First-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 54%* 83%* 96%*
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017) 28%* Open admissions 80%*
Retention Rate (2017) Full-time: 93%, part-time: 71%* Full-time: 63%, part-time: 45%* Full-time: 76%, part-time: 53%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who started in 2011-14) 84%* 20% (20% transfer-out rate)* 49% (34% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

New York University

New York University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 51,000 students a year. Students can major in English as undergraduates, and they have a choice of several graduate programs in English as well.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English

English students at New York University receive a broad overview of English, including classes in literary history and culture, dramatic literature, and critical theory. Students take required courses in British literature, literature interpretation, and English literature. They can also choose elective courses that match their interests from offerings such as film and literature, history of drama and theatre, African American literary cultures, Shakespeare, and the 20th-century novel.

English can also be pursued as a minor, as can American literature. Major tracks are available, as well, in literary studies and creative writing. Undergraduate English students are encouraged to apply for the honors program, which allows them to develop and work on an individual honors thesis.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in English

This graduate program requires completion of 32 credit hours, 24 of which must be taken through the English department. Students are required to complete a 3-credit seminar in advanced literary study, a class in literature from one historical period, and a special project of about 9,000 words.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in English

The Ph.D. in English program requires students to complete 72 credits of coursework. Ph.D. students must complete several doctoral seminars and a dissertation and demonstrate mastery of a foreign language. The Ph.D. program can be completed in 7-10 years.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College offers primarily associate degrees to close to 27,000 students each year. The school requires every student to take one or two English classes through the Department of English. An additional English course is required of liberal arts students.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Writing and Literature

This 2-year program aims to help graduates improve as writers and readers for transfer to a 4-year bachelor's degree program. The program requires between 36 credit hours in liberal arts education courses, as well as 24 credit hours in writing and literature courses. Course options include English composition, English literature, journalism, and speech fundamentals. Students are also required to take three credits from a list of courses that includes business communication, film, public speaking, and mass media.

Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College, with an enrollment of over 2,000 students annually, is an undergraduate school that awards primarily bachelor's degrees. Students wishing to major in English can enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in English and World Literatures program.

Bachelor of Arts in English and World Literatures

This program offers students the opportunity to choose from three tracks: literature, creative writing, and literature and media. Topics in these programs include the analysis of literature, literary research, poetry, fiction, modernism, film and literature, and class and gender in media. Minors are also available in literature and creative writing.

Other School Options

Students interested in pursuing English classes and degrees in New York City also might consider the New York Institute of Technology, CUNY Baruch College, or Pace University - New York. Other options include Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus and CUNY Queens College in Flushing.

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