Best English Language And Literature Colleges in California

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in California that offer English Language And Literature degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 180 English Language And Literature schools located within California. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best English Language And Literature Colleges in California for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
UC Berkeley

Degree Programs: English, Comparative Literature

Berkeley, also known as “Cal,” is recognized for its laboratories, research, notable faculty, publications, and — get excited now — libraries. This public university boasts a student population of more than 27,000 with over a thousand student organizations (weekly reading group anyone?). And it is situated in the San Francisco Bay area, so you’ll have plenty to points of inspiration around the city. The English major sits at the top of Berkeley’s most popular majors, but the university also offers comparative literature. “Our courses in literature have many different focuses: major authors, historical periods, genres, critical theories and methods, as well as cultural and multicultural studies.” The comparative literature major requires courses in Shakespeare, literature before 1800, and literature from Chaucer through the 20th century that includes British, American, and Anglophone writing. As an English major studying literature, you can tuck yourself away in one of the large libraries that together take up 12 acres of campus — like Doe Memorial Library or Bancroft Library — and stay there for the next four years. If you do find yourself outside of the aisles of books, you may come across student activism about the latest hot social topic or a Greek organization event.

Based on 140 Reviews
2 Stanford University Stanford, CA

English Degree Program

Between San Francisco and San Jose you’ll find 8,000 acres dedicated to a university known for the entrepreneurial nature of its students and the research they output. Study here, and you’ll be among some of the world’s top intellectuals. Stanford’s English department features a well-rounded curriculum that explores the big picture of literature’s development from the Middle Ages to the present day. Classes feature lively exploration and discussion of key literary themes, movements, and innovations. Your courses will also teach you and test your abilities for critical thinking, analyzing literature in poetry, narrative, and methodology. Courses offered include a historical sequence and a pre-1800 course. The department’s website says students will explore things like “How has the idea of theater changed from the York Corpus Christi play (15th c.) to Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949).” Once you’ve finished the core classes in an English major, which introduce students to a large body of knowledge and fundamental skills, you can continue on to a concentration in literature. The literature concentration bestows a wide range of knowledge to its students: historical development of British, American, and Anglophone literatures, and a variety of critical methods to interpret texts. The concentration emphasizes the study of literary forms, genres, and textual analysis theories.

Based on 64 Reviews
3 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Los Angeles offers 5 English Language And Literature Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 348 students graduated in the study area of English Language And Literature with students earning 320 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Doctoral degrees, 13 Master's degrees.

Based on 88 Reviews
4 University of California-Davis Davis, CA

University of California-Davis offers 4 English Language And Literature Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 223 students graduated in the study area of English Language And Literature with students earning 195 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Master's degrees, and 13 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 92 Reviews
5 University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA

University of California-Santa Barbara offers 4 English Language And Literature Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 208 students graduated in the study area of English Language And Literature with students earning 197 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
6 California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA

California State University-Long Beach offers 3 English Language And Literature Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 303 students graduated in the study area of English Language And Literature with students earning 255 Bachelor's degrees, and 48 Master's degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
7 University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA

University of California-Irvine offers 4 English Language And Literature Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 179 students graduated in the study area of English Language And Literature with students earning 139 Bachelor's degrees, 30 Master's degrees, and 10 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
8 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California offers 4 English Language And Literature Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 47 students graduated in the study area of English Language And Literature with students earning 30 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Master's degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
9 University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA

University of California-Riverside offers 4 English Language And Literature Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 165 students graduated in the study area of English Language And Literature with students earning 146 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
10 California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA

California State University-Fullerton offers 3 English Language And Literature Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 193 students graduated in the study area of English Language And Literature with students earning 161 Bachelor's degrees, and 32 Master's degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews

List of all English Language And Literature Colleges in California

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of California-Berkeley University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
3/5
21 : 1 38,189
Stanford University Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
6 : 1 16,980
University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
3/5
12 : 1 41,908
University of California-Davis University of California-Davis Davis, CA
3/5
15 : 1 35,186
University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
3/5
24 : 1 23,497
California State University-Long Beach California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
2/5
27 : 1 37,446
University of California-Irvine University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA
3/5
17 : 1 30,836
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
University of California-Riverside University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA
3/5
24 : 1 21,385
California State University-Fullerton California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
2/5
30 : 1 38,948
University of California-San Diego University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA
3/5
15 : 1 32,906
Loyola Marymount University Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
5/5
13 : 1 9,392
California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
5/5
7 : 1 2,255
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
3/5
23 : 1 20,944
San Francisco State University San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
2/5
28 : 1 30,256
San Diego State University San Diego State University San Diego, CA
2/5
31 : 1 34,254
Santa Clara University Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,680
California State University-Northridge California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA
2/5
32 : 1 41,548
Pepperdine University Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
5/5
16 : 1 7,632
Pomona College Pomona College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,663
Chapman University Chapman University Orange, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,305
University of San Diego University of San Diego San Diego, CA
5/5
15 : 1 8,251
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona, CA
2/5
31 : 1 23,717
University of San Francisco University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5/5
15 : 1 10,797
San Jose State University San Jose State University San Jose, CA
2/5
31 : 1 32,773

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Additional English Language And Literature Degree Facts for California Schools

California Schools offering online English Language and Literature degrees

Online English Language and Literature degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 125 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online English Language and Literature degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Ashford University 0 0 125 0 0
National University 0 0 30 68 0
California Baptist University 0 0 28 0 0
San Joaquin Delta College 0 23 0 0 0
San Bernardino Valley College 0 2 0 0 0
How many California schools offer online English Language and Literature degrees?
  • 2 Associate's
  • 3 Bachelor's
  • 1 Master's

What English Language And Literature degree programs were earned in California?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 98 Colleges 1,040 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 74 Colleges 4,284 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 16 Colleges 231 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 9 Colleges 104 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 34 Colleges 561 Graduates
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