First things first: there’s quite a big bunch of criteria and discrepancies that may difficult the redaction of a list such as this one. After all, how many lists like this can you find with the same selection?
When we say “writing studies”, it is also important to consider there is no university program or subject that bears that name. That is why, in the creation of this list, we have simply considered the best academic programs from several different US universities that we believe are better centered than most around different areas of language, literature and literary creation.
U.S News and World Report are the best editors of such rankings and evaluations, and we have based our work on their appreciations. Even though we consider the 2010 list, bear in mind places remain more or less the same.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley was founded in 1868 and its English department offers courses in writing, language and literature. It is notoriously famous in the whole of the world because of its English honor program. At the University of California, the English program at Berkeley, or, more specifically, its PhD English program was laureate the best in the US in 2010.
University of Columbia
The English and comparative literature department at the University of Columbia, in New York, was placed as number 4 inside the lists of the bests universities for English by the U.S. News and World Report in 2010. The university was founded in 1754. Its English program is centered around teaching students to appreciate the power of language and literature at a global scale.
University of Yale
The University of Yale, founded in 1701 in New Haven, Connecticut, is number 3 in the lists of the best English schools at the US in the same 2010 list we are referring to. Its English department offers a PhD program in English language and literature, and teaches expositive writing, movie literature and much else, making it one of the best creative writing programs in the country, offering a big diversity and also adapting well to modern times and changing aesthetics.
The University of Harvard, founded in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is closely related or linked with the University of Columbia, as they both share the 4th place in the list of the best colleges for English courses, as stated in the 2010 U.S. News and World Report. The program of the English department at the University of Harvard takes from 4 to 7 years to be completed as it thoroughly prepares its students for the PhD exam while also allowing them to gain on-field experience. One success writer graduate went on to own over 50 fast food restaurants, including 25 applications for Taco Bell.
The University of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey, is also amongst the best English universities in all US university lists. The English department at Princeton focuses in different areas in literature and also offers certificate programs in Medieval studies, creative writing and else.
The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago, founded in 1890, is number 9th in the lists of the best US colleges for English and literature studies. Its English language and English literature departments backs interdisciplinary works in studies of genre and race, cultural literature and much more. The university has a large number of institutions that carry on English investigations on campus.