Best undergraduate programs for english/history majors!?





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By So_Pink (So_Pink) on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 03:14 am: Edit

besides the ivies.. and other top 25 rated schools.. what schools have prestigious, or growing reputation for their history and english depts?? .. please also rate the following schools and the strength of their programs..

northwestern
university of chicago
new york university
barnard college
boston college
boston university
wellesley college
smith college
university of southern california
university of michigan- ann arbor

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 11:05 am: Edit

Here is the first of two lists based on recommendations in The College Finder and Rugg's Review:

Colleges strong in history:

Amherst
Bates
Colby
Brown
Bowdoin
Boston College
Boston U
Bryn Mawr
UCBerkeley
Carleton
U of Chicago
Claremont McKenna
Colgate
Columbia
Connecticut College
Cornell
Davidson
Dickinson
Denison
Drew
Duke
Emory
Furman
GEorge Washington
Georgetown
GEttysburg
Grinnell
Hamilton
Harvard
Haverford
Holy Cross
Kenyon
Lafayette
Lawrence
Macalester
U of Michigan
Middlebury
Mount Holyoke
Northwestern
Notre Dame
Oberlin
U of Pennsylvania
Pomona
PRinceton
Reed
Rhodes
Rice
Smith
Southwestern (Texas)
Swarthmore
Trinity U (Texas)
Tufts
Tulane
Vanderbilt
Vassar
Wake Forest
Washingotn & Lee
Wellesley
Whitman
William & Mary
Williams
Yale

I'll put the English list in the next post.

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 11:10 am: Edit

Schools with strong English programs:
Allegheny
Amherst
Bard
Barnard
Bates
Boston Collge
Bowdoin
Brown
Bryn Mawr
UC Berkeley
Colby
U of Chicago
Carleton
Colgate
Connecticut College
Columbia
Dartmouth
Davidson
Dickinson
Drew
Duke
Emory
GEttysburg
Grinnell
Hamilton
Harvard
HAverford
Holy Cross
Johns Hopkins
Kenyon
Lawrence
Macalester
Middlebury
Mount Holyoke
UNC
Northwestern
Oberlin
U of Pennsylvania
Pomona
Princeton
Reed
Rhodes
Rice
Sarah Lawrence
Skidmore
Smith
Southwestern (TX)
STanford
Swarthmore
Trinity (CT)
Trinity U (Texas)
Tufts
VAnderbilt
UVA
VAssar
Wake Forest
Washington & Lee
Wellesley
Wesleyan
Whitman
Williams
Yale

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 11:18 am: Edit

Most of the schools on your list will have decent programs in both English and History - the above lists were just the schools that seem to have the strongest for each. As you can see, of your list, Wellseley, U of Chicago, Northwestern and Boston College are the ones that fall into both lists.

However, the "best" history and English program for you can be found in many places. You need to do some thinking about what you want in terms of types of classes (for example, do you want an emphasis on creative writing or literature, on American history or European history?), size of classes (do you prefer larger lectures or smaller discussion focused groups), opportunities (example: do you want to be able to do hands on historical research as an undergrad? Write for a respected literary journal? etc.)in order to evaluate the choices available.

I'd suggest that after you've answered these questions, you take your list and go through each school's list of courses (usually available on the web site) carefully --- and pay attention to how many classes are offered each semester, how quickly they fill up, class sizes, etc.

The only specific recommendation I would make about your list is that I wouldn't recommend USC for these two subjects - they're just not USC's strengths. If you wanted a school in Southern California, you'd be much better off looking at Pomona or Occidental. But that's just my opinon.


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