DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

The primary goal of Department of English of Hebrew Theological College is to educate
students in the study of classic and modern literary works, and the art of lucid, eloquent, and
compelling written expression. Courses are designed to give students both a broad
familiarity with and understanding of various genres of literature and composition, while
fostering their aesthetic appreciation of fine poetry and prose and developing their skills in
critical reading and thinking. In so doing, the English department serves the broad
objectives of General Education at Hebrew Theological College.

For students seeking a minor or additional major, specialized courses stress practical and
theoretical critical analysis, historical and social perspectives of British, American and
multicultural literature, and the relationship of various literary philosophies to the Torah
precepts which lie at the heart of an HTC education. Students majoring in English expand
their exposure to both classic and contemporary literature, and develop their erudition and
ability to expound upon literary, philosophical, and creative topics in graceful, logical, and
powerful prose.

Students who successfully complete an additional major in English are prepared for the
pursuit of graduate study or professional careers in literary studies, education, creative
writing, journalism, editing and publishing, library science, law, and advertising.

At present, an additional major in English is only offered to students in the Blitstein Institute
for Women.

Curriculum Requirements: Additional Major in English

A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for all students who graduate from Hebrew
Theological College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Students pursuing an additional major
in English must complete 33 semester hours in English courses (above ENGL 101). Specific
requirements are in this catalog.

Judaic Studies:
Consistent with the mission and policies of Hebrew Theological College, all degree-seeking
students pursuing an additional major in English must complete the requirements for a
primary major in an area of Judaic Studies. Any student not progressing satisfactorily in the
Judaic Studies major (see Academic Progress Policy, page 90) will not be permitted to
continue in the additional major program.

General Education:
Students must complete Hebrew Theological College’s General Education Requirements as
listed in this catalog.

Admission to the Department of English

Students who are planning to pursue an additional major in English must formally apply to
the Department. While many English courses are open to any HTC student who has passed
the Writing Assessment Test, admission to courses in literature is contingent on passing
ENGL 111 with a grade of C or better.

Application for admission to the English Department should be initiated after the
completion of 30 semester hours. Transfer students must have completed 12 of these hours
at Hebrew Theological College, and have successfully completed ENGL 111, or its
equivalent, as determined by class curriculum and/or the Writing Assessment Test, prior to
application for admission. In addition they must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory progress and good standing in Judaic Studies.
  • An interview with the Chairman (or designee) of the Department.


Applicants who do not meet all of the above criteria must schedule an appointment for an
interview with the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the Division of HTC to which
the student has been admitted. Depending on the circumstances, provisional admission may
be granted with a plan of remediation. Upon successful completion of this plan, the student
may receive regular admission status.

Program Requirements for an Additional Major in English

For an additional major in English, a student must complete 30 semester hours in English
(above ENGL 111) or approved associated fields, comprising the core curriculum detailed
below, as well as two electives on the 200-300 level, and an additional three electives on the
300 level. English courses at the 100-level may not be applied to the major requirements.
All English courses at or above the 200-level entail completion of ENGL 111 or its
equivalent with a grade of C or better as a prerequisite.

Residency Requirement
ENGL 301 and a minimum of 9 additional semester hours in 300-level courses must be
completed in residence.

Core Curriculum for English Majors
ENGL 211 Advanced Composition: Writing Across the Disciplines or equivalent
ENGL 275 Major British Writers I
ENGL 276 Major British Writers II
ENGL 285 The American Experience
ENGL 301 Practical Literary Criticism

English Electives – Level I: Select no more than two courses from this group.
ENGL 201 Introduction to World Literature
ENGL 203 Introduction to Poetry
ENGL 205 Introduction to the Short Story
ENGL 213 Business Communication: Clarity and Persuasion
ENGL 255 Oral Interpretation of Literature
ENGL 295 Analysis of Children’s Literature
Approved Comparative Literature Course (see Interdisciplinary Courses list below) 52

English Electives – Level II: Select no less than three courses from this group.
Prerequisite: completion of two core curriculum 200-level courses, or one completed and
one concurrent. It is generally recommended that all core requirements be completed before
attempting advanced courses. However, a student may take an advanced course if the core
requirement for that specialty is completed.

ENGL 303 Poetic Forms (May not be taken if ENG 203 has been completed)
ENGL 305 The Short Story (May not be taken if ENG 205 has been completed)
ENGL 310 Shakespeare
ENGL 311 Advanced Grammar and Stylistics
ENGL 315 Creative Writing Workshop
ENGL 320 Contemporary Short Fiction: Multicultural Perspectives
ENGL 325 History of the English Language
ENGL 330 Studies in Nineteenth Century American Literature
ENGL 335 Masters of World Literature
ENGL 340 Studies in Nineteenth Century British Literature
ENGL 345 Modern American Literature
ENGL 350 Southern Literature
ENGL 355 Ethnic Literature
ENGL 360 American Women Writers
ENGL 365 British Women Writers
ENGL 370 Drama
ENGL 375 Seminar in English Studies
Approved Comparative Literature Course (see Interdisciplinary Courses list below)

Interdisciplinary Courses
The following Hebrew Literature courses are approved for the fulfillment of Comparative
Literature credit towards an additional major or minor in English Literature. Minors may
take one course from the list below. Majors may take no more than two courses towards the
English major (one in lieu of a Level I elective, and a second in lieu of a Level II elective).

HEBR 314 Medieval Hebrew Poetry
HEBR 315 Medieval Hebrew Prose
HEBR 316 Readings in Modern Hebrew Literature
HEBR 317 Contemporary Hebrew Literature
HEBR 322 Women in Hebrew Literature
HEBR 323 Churban and Shoah in Hebrew Literature
HEBR 324 Jerusalem in Hebrew Literature
HEBR 330 Topics in Hebrew Literature

MINOR IN ENGLISH
For a minor in English, a student must complete 18 semester hours in English as outlined
below:

  • ENGL 211 Advanced Composition: Writing Across the Disciplines or equivalent
  • ENGL 301 Practical Literary Criticism
  • Two of the following courses
    • ENGL 275 Major British Writers I 
    • ENGL 276 Major British Writers II
    • ENGL 285 The American Experience 
  • One elective on the 200-300 level
  • One elective on the 300-level
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