Saturday 10 December 2016

'Not to be' for Shakespeare in US

Published 23/04/2015 | 19:16

Few US universities make English majors study the work of William Shakespeare
Few US universities make English majors study the work of William Shakespeare

As Shakespeare would say, "We have seen better days".

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The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8% of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare.

The study, The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in Exile 2015 , found that only four of the nation's 52 highest-ranked universities and colleges by US News & World Report have a Shakespeare requirement.

The schools that still ask English majors to study the Bard are Harvard University, the University of California-Berkeley, Wellesley College and the US Naval Academy.

The report says: "The Bard, who is the birthright of the English speaking world, has no seat of honour."

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