Led by internationally-recognized faculty, our BA program in English Literature offers students a chance to study the most beautiful works ever written in the English language, while developing skills that are essential for today’s global environment.

Bar-Ilan University prides itself on its top-quality English Literature BA program. Led by a warm and dedicated faculty, students develop their analytical and self-expression skills in a supportive, culturally-diverse environment.

The BA in English Literature provides students with a solid foundation in the history and development of English and American literature, spanning the work of great canonical authors such as Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, and Dickens as well as contemporary authors, while also aiming to develop high-level skills of analysis, critical thinking, argumentation, and self-expression.

The added benefit of studying at BIU is the unique opportunity to consider how Jewish literature and thought have intertwined with the history and development of literature in English.

Seminars in translation and creative writing are also offered, as is an exploration into the fields of literature and gender, literature and the visual arts, or literature and religion, to name a few.

Upon completion of the degree, students can look forward to a wide range of careers in teaching, content writing, and other fields requiring advanced skills of analysis and expression.

BA Literature and Linguistics (Double Major)

In addition, the double major with Linguistics is offered to students who would like to specialize not only in English Literature but also in Linguistics. This is an excellent opportunity for those students seeking a combined knowledge of both fields in their career or continued academic endeavors.

Student Testimonial

“I chose to study English literature at Bar-Ilan because of the excellent reputation of the professors. Students receive a lot of encouragement to develop and follow their individual interests within the field and the faculty displays an appreciation of each student’s individual background and motivations. If you’re looking for a customizable learning experience guided by true literature enthusiasts who can help you develop a personal passion for your studies, then this is a great option.”

Tess Miller

Courses and Descriptions

First-Year Courses
Academic Writing I

This course is designed to help students gain proficiency in writing academic analyses of literary works.

Academic Writing II

Continuing from “Advanced Academic Writing I,” this course continues to develop students’ academic writing skills and prepares them for more advanced literature courses in their second year.

Introduction to Fiction

The course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts used in the analysis and interpretation of fictional narrative.

Historical Background to English & American Literature

A background course in the history of Western thought with close reading, in English, of primary sources from ancient Greece and Rome.

Introduction to Poetry

A detailed study of the elements of poetry: figurative language, rhyme, rhythm, structure and genre.

Second- and Third-Year Surveys
Renaissance Literature

This course provides a survey of the prose and poetry of the early modern period from Wyatt and Surrey through Milton.

American Literature

A survey of the development of imaginative writing in American literature from Colonial times to the Civil War.

18th- and 19th-Century Literature

This overview of British literature from 1660 to 1890 surveys the major trends in English literature from the late 17th through the 19th centuries.


A study of Shakespeare’s major plays in the context of the theatrical conditions of his time and the intellectual assumptions of the period in which he wrote.

Sample Seminars (Offerings vary each year)
“A Woman in the Shape of a Monster”: Gender and Aberrance in English Literature - Dr. Yael Shapira

The course explores how ideas of aberrance and monstrosity have shaped representations of women in English and American literary works over the centuries.

Poetic Antagonisms - Dr. Daniel Feldman

This seminar offers an overview of the sphere of contested influences and dynamic change that shape the English poetic tradition from the late Renaissance through contemporary verse.

Creative Writing: Hybrid Genres - Dr. Marcela Sulak

The course views genre distinctions as a question of degree rather than category. We will examine skills necessary in all forms of creative writing while addressing the most salient generic features of poetry, essays, and fiction, but we will understand that often distinctions can be artfully blurred to release tremendous energy and creativity.

Reading Like Sherlock - Dr. Carra Glatt

In this course students read a series of detective narratives, using the lens of literal investigation to inform our understanding of the act of literary interpretation.

Shakespeare, Adaptation and Popular Culture - Dr. Esther Schupak

This course explores the tension between studying Shakespeare as an historically situated, contextualized dramatist and studying a Shakespeare who is “our contemporary,” a universalized, ahistorical participant in current popular culture.

Reading Minds - Dr. Daniel Feldman

This seminar explores the intersection of fictional texts about reading others' minds and narrative theories about why our minds love to read fiction in the first place.

Art, Atrocity, Truth - Dr. Daniel Feldman

A comparative study of how fiction and fact structure each other in literature portraying the Shoah, atrocity, and mass human-rights abuse.

Assimilation in American Literature - Prof. Michael Kramer

In this seminar, we survey American literature – from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century – with an eye to the way the stories writers tell about themselves inscribe versions of the process of assimilation.  

Life Writing - Dr. Ilana Blumberg

This course focuses on ways that the genre of autobiography has been transformed and newly conceived in the last few decades to include forms such as correspondences, graphic novels, autofiction, and variations of all kinds of memoir.

Jewish American Literature - Prof. Michael Kramer

This course looks at narratives of assimilation, accommodation, and return and discuss the many ways Jewish identities (religion and ethnicity) are constructed in a broad range of texts and genres.

Sample Electives (Offerings vary each year)
Literature and Education - Dr. Ilana Blumberg

This course considers literary texts that meditate on the purposes, strategies, and experiences of what we call "education."

Children's Literature - Dr. Daniel Feldman

This course offers a general introduction to the rich tradition of children’s literature in English since the 19th century.

African-American Literature - Dr. Carra Glatt

This course offers an introduction to the rich tradition of African-American writers as we consider the texts’ concerns with the boundaries of identity, the legacy of slavery, and the role and responsibilities of the black artist living in a predominantly white society.

Literature in the Arts - Prof. Evan Fallenberg

This course examines texts and the art that has sprung from them through reading, listening, viewing, experiencing, and attending performances and exhibitions.

Rhetoric, Persuasion, and the Media - Dr. Esther Schupak

In this course, we will seek to understand how rhetoric works by analyzing different forms and genres, from speeches and commercials to political cartoons. To provide a theoretical basis for our analytical work, we will study the foundational theories of both classical and contemporary rhetoric.

Romantic Poetry - Dr. Daniel Feldman

This course surveys the movement known as Romanticism in its British form between the years 1789 and 1830.

For a full list of electives taught in the department, click here.

For a full list of seminars taught in the department, click here.

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Ramat-Gan, Israel 5290002

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    The School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University is one of the few academic institutions in the world to offer research and training in International Communications and Public Diplomacy. It aims to empower Israel’s future generation with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for Israel across the globe. As a part of the BA program, students are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in workshops on how to effectively convey messages and build a positive public image for anyone from brands, to themselves. The workshops, offered in areas relating to New Media, Advertising, Public Relations and Broadcast Media, are instructed by individuals considered professionals in their fields.

    Why Study Communication

    Communication is all around us. We use it every day without even noticing; we maintain personal communications with our family and friends, we consume mass media, and we create and participate in social networks.

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    Unparalleled Expertise

    Bar-Ilan University has over 30 years of experience in teaching communication, and prides itself with hundreds of B.A. and M.A. graduates. The faculty members of the School of Communication and related units are internationally renowned researchers and lecturers, with extensive experience in all fields of communication: print press, TV, radio, advertising, marketing, public relations, spokesman ship and new media.

    Ample Career Opportunities

    Our graduates are sought after and well established in all fields of communications, both locally and globally. Many work in advertising or public relations offices, some in radio or TV stations, others in various websites, and a significant number in the press. Many of our graduates are media consultants in government or private offices, while others have chosen to pursue an academic research and teaching career.

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    Program Overview

    Program Type: Major (25 Credits)
    Program Length:
     3 Years
    Language of Instruction: English
    Admission Requirements:

    • SAT: 1100
      Psychometric: 550
    • 3.5 High School GPA

    Application Deadline: Rolling admissions