U.S. Schools and Colleges with English Degree Programs

English is one of the most common degree programs available at colleges and universities. There are many areas of concentration and specialization within an English program. Additional factors that may help a student choose a school for English include school and class sizes and the learning environment.

How to Select an English College

A major consideration for students selecting a college or university for its English degree program is the types of emphasis areas available within the English program. Within English, common areas of study include creative writing, linguistics, drama and literature. These areas can themselves have further specializations. For example, within literature, a study could concentrate on American literature, British literature or children's literature. Evaluating the potential majors and areas of concentration within an English degree program may help students to select a school.

Another factor for students selecting a school for its English program is the school and class size. While many colleges offer degrees in English, if a student wishes to pursue a particular or obscure specialization within English, or has other areas he or she wants to study that may be less popular, attending a larger school may make sense. On the other hand, smaller schools tend to have smaller class sizes, which offers students more individualized attention and instruction. For students attending English composition or writing programs, smaller class sizes may be an important factor.

Class size is one aspect of the learning environment that students should consider, but it is not the only factor. Increasingly, many schools are offering students the option of taking courses partially or totally online. Students pursuing an English degree program should consider whether or not they want instruction to take place entirely in the classroom or to have an online component.

Largest Schools by Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Arizona State University 67,082 4-year, Public
Ohio State University-Main Campus 53,715 4-year, Public
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 51,140 4-year, Public
University of Central Florida 50,121 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Austin 49,984 4-year, Public
Texas A & M University 48,039 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 46,510 4-year, Public
University of South Florida 46,189 4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 44,406 4-year, Public
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,246 4-year, Public
New York University 42,189 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Wisconsin-Madison 41,620 4-year, Public
Purdue University-Main Campus 41,433 4-year, Public
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 41,028 4-year, Public
Indiana University-Bloomington 40,354 4-year, Public
College of Southern Nevada 40,310 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 39,675 4-year, Public
Florida International University 38,759 4-year, Public
Florida State University 38,682 4-year, Public

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