"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!
About 40,000 years ago, the first human wrote down a story — albeit it was a simple depiction on a cave wall, but an idea and message was delivered to other humans even centuries later all the same. Since then, throngs of talented writers have put ink to paper, fingers to typewriter, and hands to keyboard to fill our libraries with works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and prose, both long and short. Authors filled pages upon pages with writings that captured moments in history, truths of human nature, ideas of what the future held. Those insights, those tastes of cultures and classes and past zeitgeists are waiting to be remembered and experienced. And you can discover them and live vicariously through the words of our Western world’s greatest authors — as an English language and literature major.
San Jose State University offers 2 English Language and Literature, General degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 112 English Language and Literature, General students graduated with students earning 104 Bachelor's degrees, and 8 Master's degrees.
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.
Santa Clara University offers 1 English Language and Literature, General degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 24 English Language and Literature, General students graduated with students earning 24 Bachelor's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|San Jose State University San Jose, CA||42 : 1||36,085|
|Stanford University Stanford, CA||11 : 1||17,249|
|Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA||15 : 1||8,669|
|De Anza College Cupertino, CA||75 : 1||18,669|
|West Valley College Saratoga, CA||36 : 1||7,619|
|Mission College Santa Clara, CA||33 : 1||6,995|
|Gavilan College Gilroy, CA||71 : 1||5,573|
|Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA||86 : 1||9,774|
|Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA||89 : 1||15,123|
|San Jose City College San Jose, CA||71 : 1||8,760|