Initial funding for VFOA was provided by the College of Arts and Science and the Center for the Americas at Vanderbilt University.
CLAS was designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education in 2006 and has since fostered a lively research community on campus by sponsoring colloquia, conferences, films, and a speaker series featuring distinguished scholars and government and business leaders. CLAS also reaches thousands in Nashville, Tennessee and in surrounding regions through various outreach programs to the educational, business, medical, and media communities.
The Department of English offers over fifty courses in both undergraduate and graduate curricula, of various designs and aims reflecting the diversity among its faculty, to train students in the history of British and American literature, in Anglophone literature from other countries, in literary theory, and in creative writing.
Founded in 1973 through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Humanities Tennessee is dedicated to developing a sense of community through educational programs in the humanities across Tennessee. An organization that began with a focus on grant-making and cultural development of the state's museums and historical organizations has grown into a multi-faceted not-for-profit with two distinct focuses: studies of community history and cultural life and studies of language and literature.
The Robert Penn Warren Center promotes interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Because cooperative study in higher education is crucial to the modern university and the society it influences, the center is designed to intensify and increase interdisciplinary discussion of academic, social, and cultural issues.
The Vanderbilt International Office was established in 2006 to facilitate individual and institutional connections among Vanderbilt faculty, researchers, staff, students, alumni, and the larger world. VIO also oversees the Global Education Office and the English Language Center.