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English, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #55 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The English Department at Vanderbilt has been training tomorrow’s leaders to enter a variety of fields for many years. Our graduates have gone on to earn degrees in medicine, law, business, journalism, and to pursue advanced degrees in either creative writing or English language and literature.
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Whatever field you eventually pursue, however, our majors enter their chosen career with carefully honed skills in analytic reading, writing, and argumentation. They can claim a thorough education in the English literary tradition. In addition, the department’s increasingly interdisciplinary and transnational focus enables majors to become conversant with non-western literary texts and traditions and literary theory. Beyond teaching a body of literary works, the department’s courses aim to give our students sophisticated skills in literary and cultural analysis—skills that equip them well for a lifetime of ongoing education.

By offering three distinctive programs, the Department of English encourages individual students, in consultation with faculty advisers, to personalize their studies while still acquiring the breadth of knowledge and skills of the traditional English major. Our curriculum provides extensive coursework in the history of British and American literature, in literary theory, and in expository as well as creative writing. Our diverse offerings—both at the level of broad survey as well as more advanced, specialized topics in literary movements and problems—reflect the interests of students and faculty in the ever-widening area of English studies.

The English Department encourages its students to participate in a number of study abroad programs to enhance their study of literature and culture with overseas study and travel. Our majors regularly study abroad both through Vanderbilt programs and programs sponsored by other universities in Australia, Italy, France, Denmark, and China. For students on campus, the English Department’s Gertrude Vanderbilt and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series brings writers to campus every year to give public readings from their work and to meet with students. There is a spring Literary symposium with a different theme each year. These have included African American Writers of the South, Asian American Writing, Writing in Different Genres, and Memory and Imagination. Writers as diverse as Garrett Hongo and Yusef Komunyakaa, Ellen Douglas and Antonya Nelson, Billy Collins and Karen Yamashita have been guests. Every other year, the English Department hosts a visiting writer for a semester that teaches creative writing classes and takes part in the spring symposium. Peter Guralnick, Philip Levine, James McConkey, and Amanda Little have held the position recently. Finally, the Department offers a number of awards every year to recognize excellence in undergraduate achievement, awards for best contributions in poetry and short stories as well as the analytic essay.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Shakespeare and Film
  • African American Women Writers
  • Literature of the Caribbean
  • James Joyce

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.

  • All required parts of either the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Standardized Test Results: SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Official results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We make three important commitments to U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens to ensure that students from many different economic circumstances can enroll at Vanderbilt:

  • First:  Since talent and promise recognize no social, cultural, economic, or geographic boundaries, our admissions process is need-blind for U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens. 
  • Second: Vanderbilt will meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. 
  • Third:  Financial aid awards do not include loans. Instead of offering need-based loans to undergraduate students, Vanderbilt offers additional grant assistance. This does not involve income bands or "cut-offs" that impact or limit eligibility.

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