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2021 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree School for You

English Language & Literature is the #20 most popular major in the country with 59,299 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 515 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the English language and literature bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in English Language & Literature

#1

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Our 2021 rankings named Williams College the best school in the United States for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#2

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Dartmouth College is a great place for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover.

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#3

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Out of the 515 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Notre Dame landed the # 3 spot on the list. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

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#4

Duke University

Durham, NC

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Duke University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best English language and literature schools in the United States. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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#5

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Out of the 515 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, College of the Holy Cross landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#6

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for English language and literature students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston.

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#7

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

With a ranking of #7, Georgetown University did quite well on this year’s best schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

With a ranking of #8, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on this year’s best schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#9

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

With a ranking of #9, Harvard University did quite well on this year’s best schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#10

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University ranked #10 on this year’s Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#11

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

With a ranking of #11, Boston College did quite well on this year’s best schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#12

Barnard College

New York, NY

Barnard College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#13

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for English language and literature students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hamilton.

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University of California - San Diego ranked #14 on this year’s Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#15

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

With a ranking of #15, Santa Clara University did quite well on this year’s best schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#16

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the city of Gettysburg, Gettysburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#17

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#18

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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#19

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for English language and literature students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova.

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#20

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for English language and literature students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Fairfield.

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#21

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

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#22

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University ranked #22 on this year’s Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem.

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#23

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#24

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#25

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH

Saint Anselm College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the suburb of Manchester, St. Anselm College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Amherst College

Amherst, MA
#27

Spelman College

Atlanta, GA
#29

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#30

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
#32

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#33

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#34

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#35

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#36

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#39

Boston University

Boston, MA
#40

National University

La Jolla, CA
#41

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#42

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#45

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#46

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#47

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
#49

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
#50

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 515 different United States English language and literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
52 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
53 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
54 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
55 Emory University Atlanta, GA
56 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
57 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
58 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
59 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
60 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
60 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
62 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
63 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
64 Northeastern University Boston, MA
65 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
66 Assumption University Worcester, MA
67 Stanford University Stanford, CA
68 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
69 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
70 Providence College Providence, RI
71 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
72 Smith College Northampton, MA
73 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
74 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
75 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
76 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
77 Brandeis University Waltham, MA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
78 Illinois State University Normal, IL
79 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
80 University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown Johnstown, PA
81 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
82 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
83 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
84 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
85 University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg Greensburg, PA
86 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
87 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
88 Drake University Des Moines, IA
89 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
90 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
91 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
92 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
93 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
94 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
95 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
96 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
97 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
98 Emerson College Boston, MA
99 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
100 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
101 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
102 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
103 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

English Language & Literature by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 42,666
Writing Studies 14,629
English Literature (Other) 1,163
Literature 841

Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 547,539
Visual & Performing Arts 153,295
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,386
Theology & Religious Vocations 32,172
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,252

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

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