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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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 1,408 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the English Language & Literature program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Our analysis found Southern New Hampshire University to be the most popular school for English language and literature students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 76% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 24% are male.

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#2

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Florida State University is a great place for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 73% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 383 students majoring in English language and literature at UMN Twin Cities, 33% are male and 67% are female.

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Out of the 1,408 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Berkeley landed the # 4 spot on the list. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley.

Women make up 68% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Central Florida. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 72% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Pitt is a fairly large public school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

About 68% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 32% are male.

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With a ranking of #7, University of North Texas did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Denton, UNT is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 64% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 36% are male.

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#8

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

With a ranking of #8, George Mason University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 306 students majoring in English language and literature at GMU, 29% are male and 71% are female.

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University of California - Los Angeles ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

About 73% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 27% are male.

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#10

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree English language and literature programs. Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 67% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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#11

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Norfolk, Old Dominion is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 68% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 32% are male.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree English language and literature programs. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

Women make up 67% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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#13

Hunter College

New York, NY

Hunter College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for English language and literature students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Hunter is a fairly large public school located in the large city of New York.

Of the 254 students majoring in English language and literature at Hunter, 28% are male and 72% are female.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for English language and literature students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the large suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public school with a large student population.

Of the 253 students majoring in English language and literature at WCUPA, 28% are male and 72% are female.

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California State University - Long Beach came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. CSULB is a very large public school located in the large city of Long Beach.

About 69% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 31% are male.

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Arizona State University - Skysong landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree English language and literature programs. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

Women make up 76% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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#17

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Full Sail University ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Winter Park, Full Sail University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Women make up 52% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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#18

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Western Washington University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. WWU is a large public school located in the small city of Bellingham.

Women make up 66% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #19, University of New Mexico - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. UNM is a very large public school located in the large city of Albuquerque.

Women make up 69% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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With a ranking of #20, University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for English language and literature students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population.

Women make up 65% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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#21

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for English language and literature students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the midsize suburb of Vestal, Binghamton University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 64% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 36% are male.

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#22

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 62% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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University of California - Davis ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Davis.

Women make up 72% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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#24

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for English language and literature students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

Women make up 64% of the English language and literature majors at the school.

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University of California - Riverside came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UCR is a very large public school located in the city of Riverside.

About 72% of the students majoring in English language and literature at the school are women while 28% are male.

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#30

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#34

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#41

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#46

Queens College

Queens, NY
#50

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1408 different United States English language and literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
52 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
52 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
54 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
55 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
56 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
56 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
58 Clemson University Clemson, SC
58 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
60 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
60 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
62 Brown University Providence, RI
63 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
64 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
65 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
66 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
66 Emerson College Boston, MA
68 New York University New York, NY
68 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
70 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
71 Utah State University Logan, UT
72 University of Georgia Athens, GA
72 The City College of New York New York, NY
74 University of Houston Houston, TX
75 Portland State University Portland, OR
76 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
77 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
78 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
78 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
80 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
81 Boise State University Boise, ID
81 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
83 University at Albany Albany, NY
83 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
85 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
86 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
87 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
88 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
88 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
90 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
90 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
92 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
93 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
94 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
94 Fordham University Bronx, NY
94 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
94 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
98 Illinois State University Normal, IL
98 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
100 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
101 Kean University Union, NJ
101 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
101 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
104 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
104 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
106 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
106 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
108 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
109 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
110 Towson University Towson, MD
110 University of Delaware Newark, DE
110 Georgetown University Washington, DC
110 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
110 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
110 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
116 Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
116 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
116 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
116 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
116 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
121 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
122 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
123 Lehman College Bronx, NY
123 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
125 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
126 Emory University Atlanta, GA
126 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
126 Iowa State University Ames, IA
129 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
129 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
129 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
132 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
133 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
134 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
134 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
134 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
137 DePaul University Chicago, IL
137 Ball State University Muncie, IN
137 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
137 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
141 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
141 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
143 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
144 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
144 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
146 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
146 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
146 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
149 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
149 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
151 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
152 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
152 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
152 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
152 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
152 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
152 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
152 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
152 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
160 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
161 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
161 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
161 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
161 Barnard College New York, NY
165 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
165 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
165 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
165 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
169 Washington State University Pullman, WA
169 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
169 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
172 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
172 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
172 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
172 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
172 Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
177 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
177 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
177 Auburn University Auburn, AL
177 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
181 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
181 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
181 University of Mississippi University, MS
181 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
181 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
186 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
186 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
186 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
186 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
186 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
186 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
186 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
186 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
186 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
195 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
196 Tufts University Medford, MA
196 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
196 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
196 Williams College Williamstown, MA
196 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
196 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
196 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
196 Marshall University Huntington, WV
204 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
204 New Mexico State University - Main Campus Las Cruces, NM
206 Humboldt State University Arcata, CA
206 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
208 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
208 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
208 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT
211 Weber State University Ogden, UT
211 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
211 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
211 Chapman University Orange, CA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for English Language & Literature students that almost earned our Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
215 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
215 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
215 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
215 Purchase College Purchase, NY
215 Bates College Lewiston, ME
220 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
220 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
220 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
220 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
220 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
225 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, MA
225 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
225 Troy University Troy, AL
225 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
225 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
230 Boston University Boston, MA
230 Hamilton College Clinton, NY
230 Columbia College Chicago Chicago, IL
230 Yale University New Haven, CT
230 The New School New York, NY
235 Salem State University Salem, MA
235 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
235 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
235 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD
235 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
235 Ashford University San Diego, CA
241 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
241 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
241 Stanford University Stanford, CA
241 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
241 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
241 The University of Montana Missoula, MT
241 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
241 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
241 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
250 Seattle University Seattle, WA
250 Assumption University Worcester, MA
250 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
253 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
253 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
253 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
253 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
253 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
253 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
259 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
259 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
259 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
259 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
259 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
264 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
264 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
264 University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA
264 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
268 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
268 Davidson College Davidson, NC
268 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
268 Duke University Durham, NC
268 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
268 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
268 Villanova University Villanova, PA
268 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
276 George Washington University Washington, DC
276 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
276 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
276 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
276 University of Dallas Irving, TX
276 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA

English Language & Literature by Region

View the Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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 26 schools only.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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