English Language & Literature

2022 Best English Language & Literature Schools in the Southeast Region

160 Colleges in the Southeast Region
11,469 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded
$26,848 Avg Early-Career Salary
When it comes to popularity, English language and literature sits in the middle of the road, ranking #16 out of 38 majors in the country. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 160 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best English Language & Literature Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 11,469 degrees in English language and literature during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great English Language & Literature School

Best English Language & Literature Schools in the Southeast Region Your choice of English language and literature school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall English Language & Literature School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

English Language & Literature Rankings by Degree Level

The English language and literature school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best English Language & Literature Schools in the Southeast Region. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for English Language & Literature in the Southeast Region

The schools below may not offer all types of English language and literature degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

24 Top Southeast Region Schools in English Language & Literature

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
64 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Duke University if you wish to pursue a degree in English language and literature. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 64 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the English language and literature major at Duke University make $11,852 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#2

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in English language and literature has to check out Wake Forest University. Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem. A Best Schools rank of #56 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great university overall.

There were about 54 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the English language and literature degree program at Wake Forest University make $6,652 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
27th Most Popular In VA

Virginia Military Institute is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in English language and literature. Located in the distant town of Lexington, VMI is a public school with a small student population. This school ranks 8th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 11 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at VMI in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
21st Most Popular In VA

Every student who is interested in English language and literature needs to check out Washington and Lee University. Located in the town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #47 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Washington and Lee is a great university overall.

There were roughly 22 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Washington and Lee in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA
226 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia is a very large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Schools rank of #38 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 226 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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#6

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TN
62 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. A Best Schools rank of #37 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were roughly 62 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#7

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
55 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 55 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at U Miami in the most recent data year. After graduation, English language and literature degree recipients usually earn about $25,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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#8

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In VA
104 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #73 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were about 104 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
160 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in the small city of Chapel Hill. A Best Schools rank of #63 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great university overall.

There were about 160 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the English language and literature program report average early career earnings of $23,300.

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#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
197 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #94 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were approximately 197 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the English language and literature degree program at University of Florida get $10,102 above the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#11

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
95 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #66 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Emory is a great university overall.

There were approximately 95 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the English language and literature major at Emory University make $3,552 more than the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#12

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
468 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 468 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Florida State in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the English language and literature degree program at Florida State University make $10,502 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
356 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

GMU is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Fairfax. This university ranks 9th out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 356 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at GMU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In VA
76 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Williamsburg, William & Mary is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #87 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means William & Mary is a great school overall.

There were about 76 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at William & Mary in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
176 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There were about 176 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Clemson in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the English language and literature major at Clemson University earn $7,252 above the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
149 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

NC State is a very large public university located in the city of Raleigh. This university ranks 6th out of 113 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 149 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent data year. Those English language and literature students who get their degree from North Carolina State University make $5,352 more than the typical English language and literature student.

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#17

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In SC

Located in the city of Spartanburg, Wofford is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 5th out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There were approximately 21 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Wofford in the most recent data year.

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#18

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
147 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 80 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 147 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at UGA in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the English language and literature program state that they receive average early career earnings of $23,300.

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#19

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
88 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

Auburn is a very large public university located in the city of Auburn. This university ranks 1st out of 48 schools for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

There were roughly 88 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Auburn in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the English language and literature major at Auburn University get $3,652 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#20

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In VA

Located in the suburb of Ashland, Randolph - Macon is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 11th out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 12 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Randolph - Macon in the most recent year we have data available.

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#21

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In VA
43 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

URichmond is a small private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of University of Richmond. A Best Schools rank of #113 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means URichmond is a great university overall.

There were roughly 43 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at URichmond in the most recent data year.

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#22

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In VA
110 English Language & Literature Degrees Awarded

JMU is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Harrisonburg. A Best Schools rank of #109 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means JMU is a great university overall.

There were about 110 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at JMU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#23

Centre College

Danville, KY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11th Most Popular In KY

Located in the distant town of Danville, Centre College of Kentucky is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 45 schools for overall quality in the state of Kentucky.

There were about 16 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Centre College of Kentucky in the most recent data year.

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#24

Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In TN

Rhodes College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large city of Memphis. This college ranks 2nd out of 50 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 22 English language and literature students who graduated with this degree at Rhodes College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best English Language & Literature Schools in the Southeast Region

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best English Language & Literature Schools in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
25 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
26 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
27 Spelman College Atlanta, GA
28 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
29 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
30 Oglethorpe University Atlanta, GA
31 Longwood University Farmville, VA
32 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
25 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA

Best English Language & Literature Colleges by State

Explore the best English language and literature schools for a specific state in the Southeast Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
North Carolina 38 1,532
West Virginia 38 328
South Carolina 38 674
Florida 38 2,562
Virginia 38 2,006
Arkansas 38 411
Mississippi 38 344
Alabama 37 633
Kentucky 37 618
Georgia 37 1,166
Tennessee 37 898
Louisiana 36 605

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English Language & Literature Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General English Literature 9,029
Writing Studies 2,333
Literature 62
English Literature (Other) 45

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Mike Hazard.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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