The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Jewish civilization and thought. Judaic Studies courses explore the rich culture and historical experience of the Jewish people, their traditions, interactions with other cultures, and impact on world civilizations. The Center draws on the expertise of faculty in many disciplines including Anthropology; History; Political Science; Hebrew, Yiddish, and English literature; Germanic Studies; Law; Near Eastern studies; Slavic studies; Social Work; and Sociology.
The Center offers an Honors major to qualified Judaic Studies students. Application for an Honors major is usually made at the beginning of the third year. Participation requires a 3.5 grade point average. Graduation with Honors is recommended for students who complete all College and Judaic Studies graduation requirements, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and write a substantial Honors thesis which is judged worthy of Honors designation by the thesis advisor and at least one other faculty reader. An Honors major is not limited to students who have been in the College Honors Program in the first and second years. The name, phone number, and office hours of the Honors major advisor are available in the Honors Office, 1330 Mason Hall, or in the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.
Students who major in Judaic Studies go on to careers in the rabbinate, Jewish communal services, education, law, medicine, and other professional business fields.
Pre-requisites For Major:
- JUDAIC 205: What is Judaism?
- Second semester proficiency in Hebrew (HJCS 102) or Yiddish (JUDAIC 102), achieved either through course work or placement examination
The major in Judaic Studies requires 24 credits excluding the prerequisites:
- 15 of the 24 credits must be elected in residence unless special permission is given by the major advisor
- 2 courses in each category: Classical and Modern Judaism: Law and Religion, Jewish Literature and Culture, and History and Social Science
- 2 courses in the above categories (not including Judaic 205) must cover material from pre-modern periods (before ca. 1750)
- All courses must be at the 200-level or above and approved by a major advisor