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Undergraduate Program

By offering three distinctive programs, with the option of Honors in the major, the Department of English allows individual students consultation with faculty advisers to personalize their studies while still acquiring the breadth of knowledge and skills of the traditional English major. 

The curriculum provides extensive courses in the history of British and American literature, Anglophone literature from other countries, literary theory, and expository as well as Creative Writing. These diverse courses reflect the interests of students and the ever-widening field of English literary study.

Students use the concentration in English as a foundation for a variety of careers where the analytical, reading, and writing skills gained in the major are especially valued as background for advanced training, not just in post-graduate work in literature, but also in professional disciplines such as law, medicine, journalism, and business.

The Department works with students to coordinate study abroad in Scotland, Australia, and other countries. The Department also encourages the exploration of other literatures as well as double majors.

The Gertrude Vanderbilt and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series annually sponsors public lectures, readings, and other occasions where English majors can hear and meet celebrated poets, novelists, and critics. Many English majors also write for and serve on the editorial boards of various campus publications, including The Vanderbilt Hustler - a bi-weekly newspaper, Vanderbilt Lives, an annual publication of undergraduate creative nonfiction, and the Vanderbilt Review - a distinguished collection of Creative Writing.

To declare either an English Major or Minor, complete the Declaration of Major/Minor Form and return it to Benson Hall 334. The form may be completed in Adobe and then printed out for signatures, or printed out and completed by hand. When you turn in your form, you will be assigned an adviser who will help you plan out your major or minor.