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Single-Major Track

The Single-Major Track (Total 78 Credit Points)

***Please note: this study program is correct for those who started their studies after the study year 2021/22 only.
Students who began their studies before the study year 2021/22 can view the relevant studies program in the Yearbook website available at the following link.

Studies Purpose: The purpose of the studies in the Single-Major track is to provide basic knowledge of the history of English and American literature, as well as knowledge of genres, currents, and new literary theories. Students will also be given the opportunity to delve into the works of major writers and poets in this literature.

Terms of Admission: 
- Compliance with the University's general admission requirements at the level required by the department. A score of at least 600 (Bagrut & Psychometric Collective Grade) and a grade of 120 in Ya'el Examination (for those whose teaching language in their high school was not Hebrew and who were not examined in the Psychometric Examination in the Hebrew language).
- Candidates with 5 English units in Bagrut (high-school Diploma) are required to score a minimum of 100 in the English part of the Psychometric Exam or in the AMIR test.
- Candidates with 4 English units in Bagrut (high-school Diploma) are required to score a minimum of 120 in the English part of the Psychometric Exam or in the AMIR test.
- Candidates with a high school diploma from overseas are required to score a minimum of 104 in the English part of the Psychometric Exam or in the AMIR test.
- All applicants for the English Department must take a written Entrance Examination, except for those who attended a high school in which the teaching language was English, such as high-schools in English speaking countries, and obtained a high school diploma in that country.
- Admission to the Single-Major track is possible in the first year of studies, but it is conditional to a joint recommendation of the entrance exams' inspectors.
- Students in the Multidisciplinary Department who wish to participate in any course/s of the department, or in the courses as a bundle or as an elective, are also required to pass the Entrance Examination.

Admission Requirements for an Advanced Year of Study: Students from other institutions of higher education who wish to continue their studies at the University of Haifa are asked to submit relevant documents to the Department's Secretariat, after enrolling in the University and the Department. The Department reserves the right to require an entrance exam. Recognition of previous studies also requires discussion of the departmental Teaching Committee. The study program is conducted in two tracks: the Double-Major track (56 credit points from inside the department and 4 credit points from outside, with the total of 60 credits in the Department of Language and English Literature), and the Single-Major track (78 credits from inside the department and 42 credits in bundles).

First-year - a total of 26 Credit Points:
*Academic Writing 1, 4 Hours, 3 Credits.
**Academic Writing 2, 4 Hours, 3 Credits.
Introduction to Poetry & Drama, 4 Hours, 4 Credits.
Survey I: 14-17th centuries, 4 Hours, 4 Credits.
Survey II: 18-19th centuries, 4 Hours, 4 Credits.
Introduction to Literary Forms: Prose, 4 Hours, 4 Credits.
Proseminar, 4 Hours, 4 Credits.
Total - 28 Weekly Hours, 26 Credit Points.
*A student must first study "Academic Writing 1" and only in the following semester may s/he study "Academic Writing 2".
**The course "Academic Writing 2" is an obligatory course for the first year of studies, and it is not possible to continue to the second year of studies without having achieved a passing grade in this course (minimum 65).

Second-year - a total of 28 Credit Points:
Survey III: American Literature, 4 Hours, 4 Credits.
Survey IV: Twentieth-Century Literature, 4 Hours, 4 Credits.
Intro to Theory and Criticism, 4 Hours, 4 Credits.
4 Proseminars, 16 Hours, 16 Credits.
Total - 28 Weekly Hours, 28 Credit Points.

Third-year - a total of 24 Credit Points:
2 Proseminars, 8 Hours, 8 Credits.
*3 Seminars, 12 Hours, 15 Credits.
**Departmental Seminar, 1 Hour, 1 Credit.
Total - 20 Weekly Hours, 24 Credit Points.
*It is not possible to register for a seminar course without having successfully finished at least one proseminar course.
**A third-year student must participate in at least 3 Departmental Seminar meetings.
It is the student's responsibility to construct the class schedule, in conformation with the curriculum requirements and obligations of the university and the department.

Notes for the Single-Major track students:
1. Students in the single-department track study 78 credit points in the English department and 42 credit points outside the department.
2. The student may complete all 42 required points outside the class in one defined set and separate courses or in two sets.
      A. The student must learn at least 20 credits in at least one defined group (from the list of groups). In this collection, the student must write a seminar paper.
      B. The student will choose the balance of credit points (22 credit points) from the courses offered in the various departments, subject to the requirements of the department in which the course is given and with the consent of the undergraduate advisor in the English department. At least 18 credits must be in Level 2 or 3.
3. It is obligatory for a student in the single-subject track to take at least one course in the novel as part of the proseminar classes.
4. A student in the single-department track can choose another foreign language as part of his studies outside the department (up to 8 semester hours per week for which he will be awarded no more than 4 credits).

Academic Writing: Each student must pass the courses "Academic Writing 1" and "Academic Writing 2" with a grade of at least 65. A student who has not passed the "Academic Writing 1" course must re-take the course and obtain the required grade. This requirement also applies to "Academic Writing 2". A student who has not successfully completed both of these courses will not be able to attend any second-year courses.

English Foreign Language - A student of the Department of English Language and Literature must complete his/her foreign language English duties and reach an exemption level by the end of the first year of studies. This compulsory condition is a prerequisite for continuing his/her studies in the department, and for moving on to an advanced year.

General Notes for the Undergraduate Program (BA):
1. Seminar courses are for third-year students only. The seminar paper will be submitted to the lecturer according to their instructions, and a digital copy will be sent to the Department Coordinator.
2. As part of the elective courses and seminars, a student in the Double-Major track will not be able to study more than three courses with the same lecturer, and a student in the Single-Major track will not be able to study more than four courses with the same lecturer.
3. A student who has already taken an advanced level 2 or level 3 course will not be able to re-take a level 1 course in the same field in order to improve his/her grade average in the BA.
4. The department requires a mandatory attendance of at least 80 percent in each course.
5. The department does not allow students to enroll in overlapping courses (in terms of teaching hours).

6. The Computerized Registration System is built in accordance with the curriculum and departmental regulations.

Examinations and passing conditions for students of both tracks:
1. A final grade in the course will be determined on the basis of active participation in the classes, achievements in the exam or examinations, exercises or work or a combination of all these requirements.
2. A student who fails a compulsory course must repeat it, but will not be allowed to do so more than once (in accordance with the university's undergraduate regulations).
3. A first-year student who fails in two courses, the continuation of their studies in the department will be reconsidered. A first-year student who fails in three courses will not be able to continue his studies. A student who fails four courses during his undergraduate studies will not be allowed to continue their studies.
4. A student who fails an elective class may take another course in its place.
5. A student who has received a passing grade in a course, will not be able to repeat it in order to improve a grade, except with the approval of the undergraduate studies advisor.
6. The passing grade in all courses is 60. In the "Academic Writing" course, the passing grade is 65.
7. Conditions for the transition from the first year to the second year are a weighted average of at least 65 for the Double-Major track and at least 75 for the Single-Major track. Students in the Single-Major track must maintain a grade point average of at least 75 throughout all their years of studies in the department.
8. The department will reconsider the continuation of the studies of a student who did not complete his/her duties of the first year within two years from the date of the commencement of their studies.
9. The Departmental Teaching Committee will decide on the continuation of the studies of a student who fails the "Academic Writing" course.
10. The course "Academic Writing B" is a compulsory first-year course and it is not possible to continue to second-year studies without obtaining a passing grade in it.
11. In courses in Level 1 and 2, students will complete all their duties (exercises, assignments, mid-semester exams) before attending the final exam in the course.
12. In the Level 3 course (seminar), students will complete their duties before submitting the seminar paper. The date of submission of the work is in accordance with the general studies regulations that appear in the University's yearbook.

Degree Closing - Completion of Undergraduate Duties: After completing his or her academic undergraduate duties, the student must turn to the Departmental Coordinator in a request to "close the degree." The Department Coordinator will pass a weighting of grades to the Alumni Department; on the condition that the student approves their final grade point average with his/her signature.