The B.A. program in English Literature provides students with a solid foundation in the history and development of English and American literature, while also aiming to develop high-level skills of analysis, critical thinking, argumentation and self-expression.
First-year courses give students the essential tools for academic writing, research, and critical analysis of poetry and fiction, while also introducing them to the literary and intellectual backgrounds of English literature. Second-year surveys offer a systematic introduction to different historical periods of English and American literature, as well as to the work of William Shakespeare.
Seminars and electives focus on special topics and themes and demonstrate different approaches to the study of literature, whether classic or contemporary.
Electives are numbered in the 600-level range and can be taken starting in the secod year of studies.
The 400-level seminars (course number beginning with 4) are intended for third-year students.
The 700-level seminars (course number beginning with 7) are for both undergraduate and graduate students, and they are open to B.A. students starting from their third year of studies.
Students with a high grade average can ask to register for graduate seminars (numbers in the 8xx range) with the permission of the instructor.
Students have a wide choice in B.A. tracks in English literature:
Expanded majorin English Literature – Except for Jewish studies, the student’s courses are all literature courses taken in the English Department. For more information, see the Expanded Major in English Literature page.
Major in English Literature – The student takes a substantial number of literature courses in the English Department, and can have also have a minor in another area of studies. For more information, see the Major in English Literature page.
"Major at your own pace" - New option for students whose jobs or other commitments leave them with less free time for taking classes. The requirements are the same as in the regular major, but they are taken over a five-year period, with fewer courses required each year. For more information, see the Five-Year Major in English Literature page.
Double major in English literature and linguistics The student’s degree involves equal specialization in English literature and linguistics (all classes are conducted in English). We call this a "planned" double major. For more information, see our double major page.
Double major in English literature and another field – The student’s degree involves equal specialization in English literature and in another area of studies. For more information, see our double major page.