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FAQ

Have questions about studying English? Browse the list below for some of the most common questions, or explore our site for more information!

Undergraduate Program

Professor Lynn Enterline is currently DUS of the Department of English. Her office is in Benson Hall 323 and she can be reached per email to make an appointment.

To declare an English Major or Minor, complete the Declaration of Major/Minor Form and submit it virtually to Inge Klaps. When you turn in your form, you will be assigned an adviser who will help you plan out your major or minor.

For Registration dates, please refer to the Enrollment Bulletin.

Students must maintain a 3.6 GPA in the major to apply for the English Honors Program. Applications will open and are due in the spring of your junior year. For further informatino, please refer to the Honors Program section on the Major/Minor page. 

Please review the Immersion website of Vanderbilt University. For Immersion questions specifically related to the English Major, please contact Professor Elizabeth Meadows.

To enroll in an independent study course, please complete the following steps:

  1. Obtain permission to enroll from the instructor of your choice. Consult the instructor and Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to the opening of your enrollment window for the semester in which you wish to complete the independent study course.
  2. Complete the Request for Registration in Independent/Directed Study Course form. The form requires details regarding the nature of the project and the amount of credit to be earned. The form must be signed by your instructor and the DUS or Department Chair prior to the tenth day of classes. Contract for Registration in Independent Study Course
  3. Submit your contract for Independent study to Inge Klaps before the end of the change period (the first week of classes). You will then be manually registered for the course in YES.

M.F.A. Program

For technical questions regarding your online application please email apply@vanderbilt.edu.

If you are applying for both fiction and poetry, our application system allows you to submit a second application for your additional genre. On the main page, where you log in, click on the link, “Start New Application,” to complete a second application. Be sure to indicate in your Personal Statement that you would like to be considered for both fiction and poetry. All other components of the application remain the same.

You may submit the same transcripts and letters of recommendation, but we encourage you to send a fresh writing sample so the faculty can see how your writing is developing.

The most important component of your application is your Writing Sample. Your GPA is a confirmation of your ability to handle the academic subjects.

We understand that sometimes the delivery of your supporting documentation (letters of recommendation) is delayed. If we have not received certain of your supporting materials and we need to see them, we will contact you so you can make sure the materials are sent.

We try to notify those who are accepted by mid-February, or no later than mid-March.

Check out The Aha! Moment, an interview with Director of Creative Writing Kate Daniels.

Yes, MFA students enroll in workshops outside their genre, with the consent of the instructor.

No. At this time, Vanderbilt’s areas of specialization are fiction and poetry. We offer one Creative Non-Fiction workshop each year in the spring, which students may take if they are interested in doing so and the instructor agrees.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to arrange individual meetings with faculty members in advance of your acceptance into the program. Our website is filled with information about the MFA program; if you have a question that is not addressed on our website, please feel free to email us at creativewriting@vanderbilt.edu. We invite you to campus and arrange meetings with faculty once you have been accepted.

As noted above, we invite all candidates accepted into the Vanderbilt MFA program to campus in the spring so they can meet MFA students and faculty. We do not arrange meetings before then; our MFA students have a heavy workload of writing, attending classes, studying, and teaching, and we do not want to burden them with additional obligations before then. But the visit should give you an ample amount of time to talk with students and faculty alike about what it’s like to attend the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt.

Ph.D. Program

Professor Vera Kutzinski is our current DGS and will be on leave in fall 2020. Professor Anthony Reed will step in as Interim DGS for that time.