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.



The University of Vermont’s involvement with the Burlington Book Festival, through its Department of English, is limited to making a campus venue available for some of the festival’s events and to providing a poet for one of the events. The University was not consulted and had no say in the festival’s decision to invite Garrison Keillor, whose appearance is scheduled for Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall.



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: