A very popular major among international students is English Literature. This is, especially, the case in Europe and the United States of America. The opportunity to read and analyze English-written texts from all over the world and make a career out of it can be a very attractive idea to many. You will be completely absorbed into the world of a language that empowers international relations and has shaped history. Due to its unparalleled role in human history, the English language and literature have become quite popular.
Historically speaking, many universities have been offering degree programs in English Literature. Some have been historical centers of education in English Literature, and some have gradually accomplished a respectable position. We are going to mention 5 such universities where English Literature is considered to be a well-taught and highly respected degree course.
So, here are those 5 universities!
University of Oxford
I think anyone could guess why Oxford University is here. Firstly, it is among the top-tier universities in the world; secondly, it is the oldest in the English-speaking world. Having been around for so long has contributed to the field of English Literature immensely. Just to brief you about Oxford University, it is basically a group of 39 semi-autonomous colleges each of which has its own academic organization. It also maintains the oldest university museum there is in the world as well as the largest university press. Once you get admitted here, you will be part of an illustrious legacy established by Oscar Wilde, T.S. Eliot, Vera Brittain, V.S. Naipaul, and Iris Murdoch.
University of Cambridge
The next one on the list is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Cambridge. Its origins can be traced to scholars who left Oxford University but it has established itself as an independently prestigious university across the globe. Very much like Oxford University, the University of Cambridge is divided into 31 semi-autonomous colleges having their separate academic organization. It is home to the second-largest university press in the world and houses one of the most respected examination bodies. It has an extensive range of libraries all of which together house millions of books. Its alumni include Robert Greene, Charles Kingsley, Samuel Butler, and Sir Salman Rushdie.
I know what you are thinking: this list is getting predictable. Well, surely it does because these universities are best in nearly everything they do. Harvard University holds a prominent place in educating those interested in English Literature. Founded in the year 1636, it is one of the most sought-after universities. Composed of many academic faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University is the place to be for exploring diversity. There are so many wonderful giveaways of Harvard, from having the largest endowment to managing the largest network of the library system in the whole world. Many writers have been alumni of the university such as Margaret Atwood, Robert Bly, and E..E. Cummings.
Formally called the Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford University is a distinguished research university established in the year 1885. It is presently organized in 7 schools and has as many as 40 departments offering courses in myriad fields. If you end up here, you will surely develop entrepreneurial inclinations because that is what Stanford is quite popularly known for. Its reputation as a research university goes through the roof; much of this has been contributed to high research output and many state-of-art research institutes and centers under its aegis. English Literature is a very commonly opted course, you should know many renowned writers have been its alumni such as Ann Bannon, Ram Dass, and Thad Carhart.
The University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
Established in the year 1868, the University of California Berkeley is a reputed research university in the United States. Its academic organization consists of 14 schools and colleges offering hundreds of degree programs to students from across the globe. It maintains exceptionally high research output and has been associated with myriad research centers and institutes such as the Space Sciences Laboratory. There are 32 libraries in its organization which, in toto, house approximately 13 million volumes. Studying English Literature would be a great experience and you are sure to get the best results out of it like people such as Jeff Chang, Mischa Berlinski, and Robert Baer did.
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