Citing especially our focus on interpreting literary texts “while analyzing theoretical problems in relation to the societal, historical and political context of the writing,” USA Today named UW’s English major #3 in a list of the 10 top English programs in the US, ahead of those at Harvard (#4) and Yale (#8). The top two spots went to East Coast schools, Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania. The story also noted our students’ “excellent analytic, research and writing skills.” The rankings were done by College Factual, which takes into account among other things, the “school’s over-all quality” and the amount of earnings English majors can expect in their careers. Department chair Brian Reed told UW publicist Peter Kelley that “We have an extraordinarily dedicated, hardworking faculty and staff who believe strongly in our undergraduate program and in the value of a B.A. in English, both in the workplace and as an entry point into a lifelong engagement with literature and language.” We also have many dedicated current students and alums whose valuable feedback has helped us develop and strengthen the major over the years. Congratulations to us all!
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