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ERIC Number: ED535782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 68
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Vanishing Shakespeare: A Report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni
Neal, Anne D.; Mitchell, Charles
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
As this report goes to press, the nation's capital is in the midst of a six-moth, city-wide celebration of William Shakespeare. With this celebration as a backdrop, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) researched how Shakespeare fits into English curricula at 70 of the nation's leading colleges and universities. ACTA surveyed English departments at the "U.S. News & World Report's" top 25 national universities and top 25 liberal arts colleges, as well as the Big Ten schools and select public universities in New York and California. Today, a mere 15 of these 70 colleges and universities require English majors to take a course in Shakespeare. This figure reflects a generous definition of requiring Shakespeare. ACTA credited a college or university with a Shakespeare requirement when a majority of its English majors were obliged either to take a course in Shakespeare or to take two out of three single-author courses on Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton. Increasingly, colleges and universities envision a major in "English" not as a body of important writers, genres, and works that all should know, but as a hodgepodge of courses reflecting diverse interests and approaches. As a consequence, it is possible for students to graduate with a degree in English without thoughtful or extended study of central works and figures who have shaped our literary and cultural heritage. Appended are: (1) What is Required?; and (2) What Are Students Studying? (Contains 7 charts and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council of Trustees and Alumni
Identifiers - Location: California; District of Columbia; New York