Registration Overview

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT City College of New York
Elizabeth Mazzola, Department Chair

English Department Graduate Programs
Office NAC 6/210
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
(212) 650-6694


Michelle Valladares, Director

András Kiséry, Director

Barbara Gleason, Director

Notes on Registration

PLEASE NOTE: All students must be advised by their respective program director prior to registration. You should expect to receive information about registration via your CityMail account.

All students are required to use their City College EMAIL accounts in order to get emails from the college. If you have your CCNY email forwarded to another account, these emails may randomly be filtered into a JUNK folder. Questions about email can be addressed to the Help Desk (212) 650-7878. To find your email and set up your account: Please visit the CITYMAIL FAQ:

All STOPS (e.g. Financial Aid, Bursar, Library, GPA, Immunization) must be cleared prior to course registration and bill payment. To avoid de- registration, all students are required to pay the total in full by the DUE DATE listed on your bill. Due dates are staggered depending on registration appointments. To find out your due date, please view your bill online via CUNYfirst. To find out if you are eligible for a tuition payment plan, please visit the FAQ on the website of the Office of Financial Aid.

Please Note: The English Department is not notified when a student has been de-registered for non-payment and seats made available may be filled.


In order to register for the Thesis Tutorial, students must have the full-time faculty member who has agreed to act as thesis advisor/mentor send an email confirming this agreement to

The English Department will then submit paperwork to the Scheduling Office and shortly thereafter, the Thesis Tutorial should appear on the student’s schedule and bill as a 3-credit course.

Please Note: The Scheduling Office CANNOT enroll students in Thesis Tutorial if the student has any STOPS or HOLDS on their CUNYfirst account.

During the first semester in which they’re eligible to apply for graduation, students will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office containing a link to APPLY FOR GRADUATION through CUNYfirst.


MONDAYS ____                                                    ____________________________

4:45 – 6:35pm

B3000 – Workshop in Fiction [CW]
(Reg. Code: 9882 ) Reiko Rizzuto
B3608 – Craft of Creative Nonfiction [Craft]
(Reg. Code: 9886) Mikael Awake
B4501 – Special Topics: Screenwriting Workshop [CW/Craft]
(Reg. Code: 9885) Marc Palmieri

6:45 – 8:35pm                                                 

B1981Women Global Film and Feminist Theory [LIT]
(Reg. Code: 9818) Laura Hinton
B3609 – Non-Fiction Workshop: The Memoir [CW]
(Reg. Code: 9815 ) Emily Raboteau


4:45 – 6:35pm

B1727 – Prosody II [Craft]
(Reg. Code: 11523) Michelle Valladares
B1960  – YA Fiction: The Dangerous Journey Into the Woods [CW/Craft]
(Reg. Code: 9890) Pamela Laskin
B1985  – Literature of the Diaspora: Belonging, Estrangement, Ambivalence [Craft/LIT]
(Reg. Code: 9897) Dalia Sofer

6:45 – 8:35pm

B3605 – The Mechanics of Editing [Craft]
(Reg. Code: 11918) Yahdon Israel
B6406 – Literacy Foundations [L&L]
(Reg. Code: 11829) Barbara Gleason

WEDNESDAYS                                                                                                      _

4:45 – 6:35pm

B3000 – Workshop in Fiction [CW]
(Reg. Code: 9883 ) Andrew Martin
B3200– Poetry Workshop [CW]
(Reg. Code: 9884) David Groff
B6410– Subversive Literacies: Analyzing QueerThings and Contexts [L&L]
(Reg. Code: 35303) Mark McBeth

5:00 – 7:30pm

B2054 – Material Images and Materials Texts: 1400-2000 [Craft/LIT]
(Reg. Code: 9817) Ellen Handy and András Kiséry

6:45 – 8:35pm

B2198 –The Imagery of Race in 19th and 20th Century American Fiction [LIT]
(Reg. Code: 11922) Gordon Thompson


4:45 – 6:35pm

B2046 – Taste of the Archive: Oral History as Praxis [Craft/LIT]
(Reg. Code: 11919) Janée Moses
C0862 – The Teaching of Composition and Literature [L&L/Craft]
(Reg. Code: 11920) Missy Watson

6:45 – 8:35pm

B1208 – Modernism Fiction [Craft/LIT]
(Reg. Code: 9816) Mark J. Mirsky
B3600 – Non-Fiction Workshop [CW]
(Reg. Code: 9881) Irvin Weathersby, Jr.

Additional Information

All Graduate Degree Program applications and supporting materials (letters of recommendation,  transcripts, writing samples, etc.) are to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions online.
Please note: The English Department DOES NOT accept any application materials or fees directly from applicants.


FALL Admission: February 15

FALL Admission: May 1
SPRING Admission: November 15

FALL Admission: June 1
SPRING Admission: November 15

Returning CCNY graduate students who have been out of school for one or more semesters must complete a READMISSION APPLICATION ( at least three months prior to the first day of classes in order to enroll. Graduate degree students who have been absent from the College for more than five years must reapply for admission to the graduate program. Graduate  students  whose  grade  point  average  falls  below 3.0 must submit a letter of appeal addressed to the Dean of Humanities and the Arts along with the READMISSION APPLICATION.

For more information and forms, visit the Admissions web site. []

Each Spring, the English Department hosts the Annual Awards & Prizes, a merit-based competition which offers prizes ranging from $100-$10,000 for creative writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama), academic writing, teaching, and general excellence.

The Department is also offering Educational Enrichment Grants to provide funding assistance to students who are presenting at academic conferences or who have been accepted to nationally recognized writing residencies. Calls for written grant proposals will be sent prior to the start of each semester. For information about Financial Aid, please visit the CCNY Office of Financial Aid located in Room A-104 of the Willie Administration Building.

Each Spring, the English Department invites matriculated Graduate students who have completed at least one semester of graduate coursework and will be continuing their studies to apply for a limited number of adjunct teaching positions for the following Fall semester. Applicants are expected to enroll in, or to have already completed, ENGL C0862: The Teaching of Composition and Literature (offered each Fall).

Summer 2023

June 5 – July 3, 2023

Living in a Visual World: How the Eye Writes – L&L/CR

Prof. Mark McBeth
ENGL B6401 section 1WW (class 6883)
TU TH 5:30 – 8:45pm
HYBRID (Online with Occasional Field Trips)

The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. – John Berger, Ways of Seeing

Inquirer to Artist: When did you start being an artist?    Artist: When did you stop?

In the 21st century with the advent of varying technologies and a proliferation of social media, meaning-making and meaning-deciphering demand a deliberate and artful interweaving of visual habits, rhetorical strategies, and subjective positionings within the act of interlocution (FleckensteinVision, Rhetoric). More simply stated, to make meaning in our current world, one must concurrently exercise visual knowledge, textual know-how, and audience sensitivity to understand and convey ideas successfully. In a world where the alphabetic and the optic converge to make things happen, you have to consider and practice these oft-disparate composing capabilities.  We will take on this challenging task in this course. 

In this intensive summer course, students will recall how the ideas of certain 20th-century media theorists (i.e., John Berger, Walter Ong, and Marshal McLuhan) forecasted our current relationships between literacy, visual culture, and technology.  We will explore how current artists, such as Wangechi Mutu, Patrisse Cullors, and Nao Bustamente, use their craft to explore the interrelationships between knowledge and the means of conveying messages; equally, we will investigate how certain academic opportunities have emerged that offer new possibilities for intellectual production (i.e., digital dissertations, online journals). We will read writers/artists who have confronted the challenges of visual culture and have risked genre-bending (for example: Claudia Rankine; Lynda Barry; Maia Kobabe).  We will divine how these burgeoning contexts might change the classroom and education more broadly. Most importantly for the participants in this course, these inquiries will demand that we challenge our own creative abilities to compose with divergent sets of practices, media, and insights.  Participants will do both low-stakes and high-stakes pieces of experimental critical composing that merge the visual, digital, aural, and performative

(. . . maybe also the gustatory, olfactory, and haptic.)

This hybrid course will meet primarily online; however, we might venture out into New York City for some museum or archive visits.  This open access course will provide all readings for the course for free.

Dr. Mark McBeth, Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center/CUNY, investigates the intersections between literacy studies, Queer theory, and normative institutional policies. Over the past two decades, Mark McBeth has taught and administered at the City University of New York. His publications include Teacher Training at Cambridge: The Initiatives of Oscar Browning and Elizabeth Hughes (co-authored with Pam Hirsch, Woburn Press, 2004),  Queer Literacy: Discourses and Discontents (Lexington Books, 2019), and Literacy and Learning in Times of Crisis: Emergent Teaching Through Emergencies (Co-Edited., Frank Cass, 2022). 

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