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For Students

Whether you identify primarily as a writer, literary analyst, culture critic, lover of great fiction, storyteller, artist, or otherwise, you will find that you can create a niche for yourself in the English Department. The English faculty is here to support your intellectual growth and spark your curiosity. As a unique group of scholars and writers with varied talents and backgrounds, the faculty provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue their intellectual and creative interests wherever they lead.

While choosing a major can be anything but straightforward for students whose academic interests extend beyond a single field, a commitment to one or more specific departments is not restrictive, but useful in providing a methodology or body of knowledge through which to develop academically. Students interested in pursuing either the major or one of the department's five correlate sequences have the opportunity to engage critically with the world around them through the wide lens of literary study.

Courses and Requirements

Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.


Correlate Sequences


  • British and American Literary History
  • Creative Writing and Literary Forms
  • Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
  • Literary Geographies
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity