All creative writing students in the fiction track are required to take three graduate creative writing workshops over the course of two years* and the William Solomon Jewish Arts Seminar during their second year. During their second year, fiction students may take one graduate creative nonfiction workshop or one poetry workshop with the permission of the instructor. This workshop may be in lieu of one of the three required English literature seminars.
Students in the poetry track and Creative Nonfiction Track are required to take three to four graduate workshops over two years years. They are also required to participate in the William Solomon Jewish Arts Seminar during their second year in the Program. In addition, they must take two or three graduate literature seminars.
All students must take two courses from the Basic Jewish Studies listing, write a thesis proposal at the end of the first year and defend a creative thesis at the end of the second year. (Non-Jews may substitute the Jewish Studies courses with two courses from any department.)
The basic requirements defined above are valid for those students who do not have to take prerequisites. Students with little background in English literature will be asked to take between one and four additional courses in English literature.
For course descriptions in the English Department, go to
Courses in the Basic Jewish Studies can be found at www.biu.ac.il/yesod/
though this site offers information only in Hebrew. Each year two courses are offered in English and hundreds in Hebrew, though you needn't know how to write in Hebrew. Most of the tests are multiple choice and some of the instructors may allow you to be tested in English.
*One-year options are available with permission of the program director. Please inquire.