First Year


Welcome to the first year! This year will primarily be focused on adjusting to the program. You’ll take six seminars – three per semester. During the fall semester, one of your courses will be the required Proseminar.


As you acclimate to the program, here are some resources
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Robert Penn Warren Center: This center offers interdisciplinary seminars and colloquiums on a variety of topics every year. Some of our graduates lead seminars nearly every year.

Vanderbilt Writing Studio: Several of your peers from the department work as writing consultants here. The service is free, and you can sign up for 2-hour appointments to work one-on-one on your projects. This is an awesome resource.

Writing A Seminar PaperAs you start writing papers for your seminars, check out these suggestions put together by Annie Castro about how to get started.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: This website offers excellent summaries of different theorists you may encounter.



March: Recruitment. The first-year cohort is responsible for organizing recruitment for the incoming class. You can find helpful resources for that process here.

June 15: Thesis due