• Ready. Set. Write!

    Thirty days, 50,000 words. Students in Maria Hummel's section of English 114 tackle National Novel Writing Month, with guidance from the assistant professor, who is a ’94 UVM grad and three-time novelist.
    (Photo: Bear Cieri)

  • A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Thousands gathered to hear a conversation between English Professor Major Jackson and celebrated author Ta-Nehisi Coates on election night, Nov. 6. (Photo: Sally McCay)

  • Researcher, Writer and Producer

    UVM senior and English major, Sarah Evans, writes play on nation's first female mayor.

  • Alison Bechdel paints canvas while in residence at UVM Flevming

    Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Drawing From Life

    Sharing work with the UVM Fleming Museum and graphic novel expertise with students in the English Department

  • UVM English and Film and Television Studies students present their work at the 2018 Student Symposium.

    The First Annual English Department Symposium!

    The English 2018 Symposium showcased the scholarship, talent, and professionalism of our students.

  • Books of Antiquity on American and English literature.

    Careers in English

    Learn more about what careers an English graduate can expect.

  • New Minor in Writing

    Serious about success? A writing minor can help diversify your resume and stand out to future employers by having excellent writing and communication skills!

Reading and Writing Your World

The University of Vermont's English Department offers comprehensive programs in literary studies that cover a vast range of human experience. Students learn essential skills in communication, persuasion, creativity, and critical analysis.

The English Department has classes in British, American, and Anglophone world literature; rhetoric and composition; creative writing; critical theory; and cultural studies. Learn more: Discover English.


PDF icon Selected Spring 2019 Course Offerings (PDF)

Subject to change, please consult the Schedule of Course in late October/November for the final schedule.



Recent Headlines

Professor Maria Hummel had a launch party at Phoenix Books in Burlington on June 5th at 7pm for her new novel Still Lives.

Professor Jean Bessette has won the Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award 2018 and was also selected for the Graduate Student Senate: Excellence in Teaching Award.


Professor Emily Bernard published a new edition of Nella Larsen's Passing. The new edition was featured in The New York Times.


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Film and Television Studies

Film and Television student recording UVM event.


Housed in the English Department, Film and Television Studies offers both a major and a minor. Courses explore everything from the aesthetic to the art of television and film. Learn more about the Film and Television Studies program.


Accelerated MA Program

Old Mill and the University Green in the fall.


Earn a Master’s Degree identical to our standard two-year MA on an accelerated timeline by beginning the work before graduating from UVM.  Normally a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree takes six years.  In the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) you can earn both degrees in five years, saving both time and tuition dollars.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Map of historic Canterbury, England.


Expand your college experience and your horizons by studying abroad! Continue your studies overseas with the English department, we offer several opportuntities for students such as: