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For Students

Given its objective to produce thinkers who can use literature and art to engage critically with the world around them, the English Department provides a home for anyone willing to embrace and investigate the wonders of life and the mysteries of being human. Whether you identify primarily as a writer, literary analyst, 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 artists with varied talents and backgrounds, the faculty provides students with not only the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue their intellectual interests, but also the inquisitiveness and inspiration.

While choosing a major can be anything but straightforward for students whose academic interests extend beyond a single field, the commitment to one or more specific departments is not restrictive, but useful in providing a medium through which to develop academically. Students interested in pursuing either the major or one of the department's seven correlate sequences have the opportunity to explore the entire universe through the wide lens of literary study.

Courses and Requirements

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


Correlate Sequences


  • American Literary History Correlate Sequence
  • British Literary History Correlate Sequence
  • Creative Writing Correlate Sequence
  • Literary Forms Correlate Sequence
  • Poetry and Poetics Correlate Sequence
  • Race and Ethnicity Correlate Sequence
  • Theory, Criticism and Transnational Studies Correlate Sequence