American Literature Before 1865

Ranked in 2013, part of English

Early American literature courses explore the American Renaissance, and often also include analysis of nationalism, Puritanism and the Enlightenment. These are the top schools for American literature before 1865.

Rank School name
#2 Yale University

New Haven, CT

#5 University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

#2 University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

#10 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

#8 University of Maryland—​College Park

College Park, MD

#8 University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

#6 University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

#1 University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

#7 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

#2 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

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