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Greatest English Major Schools...

Determind15Determind15 Posts: 341Registered User Member
edited February 2008 in College Search & Selection
Hey,
Thanks for taking the time out to read this. I am presently looking for selective schools that have the strongest English Major department, hopefully you guys can give some insight on some of the selective schools you know that have really great english programs.


Thanks a lot!
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Replies to: Greatest English Major Schools...

  • teenage_clicheteenage_cliche Posts: 3,522Registered User Senior Member
    How selective do you want? I mean, Ivies have good ones...

    Also, do you mean Literature or Creative Writing?

    Ones that come to mind are Amherst, Hamilton, Kenyon...lots of liberal arts ones that emphasize writing.
  • Determind15Determind15 Posts: 341Registered User Member
    Pretty selective, like top LACS, top privates etc.

    Creative Writing specifically.

    Also thanks for the suggestions, I'll be looking into the liberal arts schools now.
  • mamenyumamenyu Posts: 1,520Registered User Senior Member
    a couple of additions, with strong creative writing: Johns Hopkins writing program, Oberlin. Just about any good LAC will have a good English department. The top graduate programs are Yale, Harvard, Berkeley, Princeton, but many of their students come from LAC's.
  • world changerworld changer Posts: 2,503Registered User Senior Member
    Skidmore.
    University of Mary Washington.
  • mythmommythmom Posts: 8,305Registered User Senior Member
    For women, Barnard.
  • lfecollegeguylfecollegeguy Posts: 540Registered User Member
    Carnegie Mellon has a really great creative writing program.
  • CatfishCatfish Posts: 725Registered User Member
    I second Amherst, which in addition to a great English department has a Creative Writing Center, which has several writers on staff and offers courses in creative writing.
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Posts: 6,350Registered User Senior Member
    LACs for English from Rugg's Recommendations

    Allegheny
    Amherst
    Bard
    Bowdoin
    Bryn Mawr
    Carleton
    Centre
    Claremont McKenna
    Colby
    Colgate
    Colorado C
    Connecticut C
    U Dallas
    Dartmouth
    Davidson
    Dickinson
    Franklin and Marshall
    Gettysburg
    Grinnell
    Hamilton
    Heverford
    Holy Cross
    Illinois Wesleyan
    Kalamazoo
    Kenyon
    Knox
    Lafayette
    Lawrence
    Macalester
    Middlebury
    Mount Holyoke
    Oberlin
    Pomona
    Reed
    Rhodes
    U Richmond
    Sarah Lawrence
    Skidmore
    Smith
    U South
    St Olaf
    Swartmore
    Trinity (TX)
    Vassar
    Wake Forest
    Washington and Lee
    Wellesley
    Wesleyan
    Wheaton
    Whitman
    Willamette
    Williams

    Gourman Report ranking for undergraduate English

    Yale
    UC Berkeley
    Harvard
    U Chicago
    Stanford
    Cornell
    Princeton
    Columbia
    Johns Hopkins
    U Penn
    UCLA
    Brown
    Indiana
    U Michigan
    UC Irvine
    Northwestern
    Wisconsin
    Rutgers
    UNC Chapel Hill
    U Iowa
    u Virginia
    NYU
    U Notre Dame
    U Illinois
    U Washington
    Duke
    U Texas Austin
    SUNY Stony Brook
    U Rochester
    Emory
    Washington U St Louis
    Dartmouth
    U Minnesota
    UC San Diego
    Vanderbilt
    Pomona
    Brandeis
    Swarthmore
    Haverford
    U Mass Amherst
    UC Santa Barbara
  • jkjkjkjjkjkjkj Posts: 409Registered User Member
    St. Johns, they focus heavily on writing
  • unaloveunalove Posts: 3,725Registered User Senior Member
    I don't know how useful ranks are for English programs, but here are a few things to look for that I think make up a "good" English program. (The same criteria probably apply for almost any academic major):

    1. Breadth and depth of course offerings. (i.e. not just "Introduction to Fiction" and "Shakespeare.")
    2. Course selection and rotation. (That they don't offer the same courses all the time).
    3. Discussion classes.
    4. Opportunities to publish analytical or creative work.


    Other considerations:
    a) How popular is the major?
    b) is a BA thesis required?
    c) Are there a lot of conferences/ visiting faculty?
    d) Are there writing tutorial programs?

    I'm at Chicago and I love the English program, though I didn't choose the school for its renown in English. I've been impressed with the English offerings I've seen/experienced/heard about at Sarah Lawrence, Williams, Knox, Bryn Mawr, Oberlin, and Yale, in particular.
  • whatisthewhatwhatisthewhat Posts: 80Registered User Junior Member
    Kenyon, Kenyon, Kenyon
  • CorruptedMoralsCorruptedMorals Posts: 69Registered User Junior Member
    Yale, Chicago and Stanford are supposed to be killer English majors!
  • momonthehillmomonthehill Posts: 1,296Registered User Senior Member
    What public universities have strong English departments/majors?
  • mamenyumamenyu Posts: 1,520Registered User Senior Member
    UC Berkeley (best), UCLA, Michigan, Wisconsin at Madison, U of Virginia. SUNY Buffalo used to be very good; I don't know about nowadays.
  • paradoxicalparadoxical Posts: 203Registered User Junior Member
    University of California-Irvine has a GREAT creative writing program: a concentration in creative writing for undergraduate English majors and a top-ranking, highly selective, 3-year MFA.

    This is just an impression, but UCI seems to be fostering an interdisciplinary culture, rather than entrenched academic departments, which is conducive to creativity, and its English, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, and Drama Departments are all highly regarded.

    See last fall's article, "Where Great Writers Are Made" in The Atlantic.
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