May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Major Effective:  Fall 2011 - Summer 2012

An undergraduate major in Judaic Studies offers students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of international affairs, historical change and religious phenomena. The major introduces students to the history and cultures of the Jewish people, and explores the world from distinctive Jewish perspectives.

Prerequisites to the Major. JUDAIC 205 and second-term proficiency in modern Hebrew (HJCS 102) or Yiddish (JUDAIC 102).

Program of study in a major. Students are required to complete at least 24 credits of work in approved courses, exclusive of the above language requirement and JUDAIC 205. Fifteen of the 24 credits must be elected in residence unless special permission is given by the department advisor.

The 24 credits must include two courses in each of the following three categories:

  1. Classical and Modern Judaism
  2. Jewish Literature and Culture
  3. Jewish History and Social Science

In addition, two of the courses (not including JUDAIC 205) must cover or include material from pre-modern periods (before ca. 1750).

Classical and Modern Judaism: Law and Religion

  • History: 244, 277, 281, 306, 307, and 406
  • Judaic Studies: 218, 270, 277, 281, 317, 318, 376, 379, 467, 468, 470, 478, and 481
  • Law: 642, 867
  • Near Eastern Studies (Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies): ACABS 200, 221, 270, 277, 321, 322, 470, 542, 543, 723, and appropriate sections of 591 and 592
  • Near Eastern Studies (Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish & Islamic Studies): AAPTIS 200, 277
  • Near Eastern Studies (Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies): HJCS 200, 270, 277, 379, 470, 477, 478, 491, 542, 543, 577, and 591
  • Religion: 201, 270, 277, 359, 469, 471 and 478
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures: SLAVIC 281, 481
  • Women's Studies: WOMENSTD 376

Jewish Literature and Culture

  • Anthropology: ANTHRCUL 335
  • English Language and Literature: 383, and appropriate sections of ENGLISH 313, 317, 318, 417 and 430.
  • Judaic Studies: 218, 250, 271, 281, 296, 317, 318, 333, 343, 344, 373, 381, 401, 417, 451, 467, 480, 591, and 592
  • Near Eastern Studies (Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies): ACABS 544
  • Near Eastern Studies (Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish & Islamic Studies): AAPTIS 383.
  • Near Eastern Studies (Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies): HJCS 281, 296, 305, 335, 373, 381, 401, 402, 471, 472, 491, 544, 545, 571, 572, 577, 591 and 592
  • Political Science: POLSCI 350 and 451
  • Religion: RELIGION 296, 361, 444, and 471
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures: SLAVIC 270, 281, and 481

Jewish History and Social Science

  • American Culture: 387
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures: 322
  • History: HISTORY 322, 368, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 435, 628, and appropriate sections of HISTORY 396, 397, 590, 591; and MEMS 381 and 382
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 218, 317, 318, 380, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 407, 410, 417, 435, 451, 480, 517, 628, and 652
  • Political Science: POLSCI 350, 351, 353, 451 and 652
  • Religion: RELIGION 358
  • Social Work: SW 645
  • Sociology: SOC 410

Languages

  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 201, 202, 301, 302, 333 and 401
  • Near Eastern Studies (Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies): ACABS 201, 202, 483, 484, 581 and 582
  • Near Eastern Studies (Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies): HJCS 201, 202, 301 and 302
  • Yiddish: YIDDISH 201, 202, 301, and 302

Independent Studies

  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 495, 496, 497, 498, and 500.

Other courses, at the 200-level and above, may be approved by the department advisor. 100-level courses may not be included in a plan for the major. Students with extensive preparation in Jewish studies may be exempted from taking JUDAIC 205 by the department advisor.

Students may include intermediate Hebrew or Yiddish courses in a plan for the major if they use the other language as a prerequisite.

Honors Plan. 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 department advisor are available in the Honors Office, 1330 Mason Hall, or in the Center for Judaic Studies, 2111 Thayer Academic Building.

Concurrent Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program. Majors who are advanced in their studies and have exhausted the undergraduate resources in Judaic Studies are encouraged to speak with the Judaic Studies Student/Fellow Coordinator about the Concurrent Undergraduate-Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program in LS&A. 

 


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