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Information for Applicants

The Vanderbilt Department of English admits and trains doctoral students across a broad span of literary and cultural studies. Members of our graduate faculty specialize in areas that range from the European Renaissance to contemporary world literatures, from antebellum American print culture to African American, Asian American, and Latina/o literatures and cultures, from film and digital studies through global Anglophone literatures to hemispheric American and Caribbean literatures and cultures. The work of our graduate students reflects this diverse array of resources: current students focus on early modern European literatures (sixteenth through eighteenth centuries), Victorian literature, global modernism, early American literature, literatures of the Americas, literatures of the African diaspora, and Latin American literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries. Methodological approaches are similarly diverse and often cross more traditional categories of period, genre, and nationality. We have students who frame their dissertations through the history of medicine, theories of gender and sexuality, hemispheric studies, intersections of law and literature, postcolonial studies, performance theory, and digital media.

The Vanderbilt University Department of English offers the following degrees:

* The Vanderbilt English Department does not typically offer a terminal M.A. degree.  For exceptions, please see:  https://as.vanderbilt.edu/english/graduate/2_MAdegreeREV061218.pdf 


 

The application deadline for Fall 2019 admission is December 15, 2018.

Critical components of the completed electronic application for the Ph.D. Program include:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample (maximum length - 25 pages) - no Creative Writing
  • Three letters of recommendation (up to five letters permitted)
  • Unofficial college transcript(s) uploaded to the application. Official transcripts are required if you are admitted.
  • GRE general test scores (no older than five years). 
  • GRE codes: Vanderbilt University - 1871; the Department of English - 2501
  • For International Students whose native language is not English:  we accept both TOEFL and IELTS scores.  For more information, visit the Graduate School's Language Proficiency page.
  • For Fee Waiver information, visit the Graduate School's website.

Note: The GRE subject test is no longer required by the Department of English.

Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Vera Kutzinski if you have any questions about the application process.