Bring On the Old
In view of Harvard's rumored "religious revival" it seems rather disconcerting to discover that there is no undergraduate course on the Old Testament.
The Old Testament may not be "the fountain-head of English literature," nor even of divine wisdom, but any disillusionment with its message should not lead to an ignorance of its content. Certainly the beauty, truth, and relevance of the Bible are not so doubtful as many of the things which are promulgated as part of our liberal education.
It would be an exaggeration to say that a course on the Old Testament is desperately needed, for no new course is ever so important as that. But it seems clear that an English or Humanities course on the Old Testament would certainly serve a far more significant purpose than such offerings as Scottish Border Ballads of the Fifteenth Century.