Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Office: 744 Herter
Chair of Department:ÝProfessor James Young. Professors Berkovitz, Bolozky, Lester, Rothstein, Rubin; Associate Professor Shapiro; Assistant Professors Ben-Ur, El-Hibri; Senior Lecturer Jiyad; Lecturer Schwarz. Adjunct Professors Busi, Denny, Dienes, Ellis, Erdman, Katsh, Mednicoff, Schwartzwald, Stone, Sullivan, Swartz, Wilson.
The program in Judaic Studies seeks to cultivate an appreciation of the central role played by Jewish culture in the development of human civilization. As an interdisciplinary program, Judaic Studies exposes students to a variety of perspectives on issues of enduring importance and global concern. Students may choose from a wide selection of introductory and advanced courses in Jewish history and thought, a full program in Hebrew language and literature, and Yiddish language. Beyond the core area of instruction, the curriculum also includes courses offered by several distinguished faculty holding joint appointments in Judaic Studies.
Students may supplement the Judaic Studies course offerings with the following options: Special Problems courses in the area of a student's particular interest may be arranged with adjunct Judaic Studies faculty. Approved one-credit courses offered through the Hillel Foundation or Chabad House may be taken by enrolling in either JUDAIC 191 or JUDAIC 192. Consult the department's Course Description Guide produced each semester.
Students are also encouraged to spend one or two semesters of study at a recognized Israeli university, and may, with prior permission, apply Judaic and Hebrew credits toward their major in Judaic Studies. Information on available programs may be obtained at the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
1. JUDAIC 101 and 102 The Jewish People I and II
2. Three years of Hebrew. Students may take Hebrew courses in a combination of language (modern and/or biblical), literature, or linguistics. However, a first-year or second-year sequence in Modern Hebrew or in Biblical Hebrew followed by its Biblical Hebrew or Modern Hebrew counterpart at the same level does not constitute an additional year in the three-year language requirement.
110, 120 Elementary Modern Hebrew
126, 246 Intensive Modern Hebrew
230, 240 Intermediate Modern Hebrew
301, 302 Advanced Modern Hebrew
111, 121 Elementary Biblical Hebrew
231, 312 Readings in Hebrew Bible, Classical Hebrew Texts
351, 352 Readings in Modern Hebrew
361, 362 Modern Hebrew Literature
411 Hebrew Linguistics 298, 398 Practica
3. Six 3-credit upper-division Judaic Studies courses (at or above the 300 level), with at least three in a field of concentration, determined in consultation with the Chief Undergraduate Adviser. Areas such as Bible, literature, or a particular period of history would be appropriate.
301 Bible and Archaeology
305 Judaism and Christianity in the Ancient World
325 Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medi- eval World
333 Jewish Philosophers of the 20th Century
335 The Jewish Experience in Europe
345 The Making of Modern Jewry
350 Jewish Law and Society
365 Antisemitism in Historical Perspective
366 Zionism and the State of Israel
367 Israel in the 20th Century: Society and Lit- erature
375 The Jewish Experience in America
385 The Jews of Eastern Europe
390B World Jewry Since 1945
390D Sephardic Cultures and Literatures of the Spanish Diaspora
391D Women, Gender, Judaism
392 Blacks and Jews: A Comparative Study of Oppression
392A Jewish Music
394A Major Issues in Contemporary Jewish Life
395A Family and Sexuality in Judaism.
397R Jewish Folklore
497 Special Topics: The Writings of Elie Wiesel
ENGL 319 Representing the Holocaust
ENGL 320 Religion in Western Literature
HIST 387 The Jewish Holocaust
4. The Junior Year Writing requirement: two credits of the Junior Year Writing practicum course (JUDAIC 398W), or two one-credit 398W courses taken over two semesters. In either case, each single credit will be associated with a Judaic Studies course designated as "Writing-intensive."
An Honors option is available for qualified students.
5. Courses with a Pass grade or a grade lower than C cannot be accepted for major credit.
Students can fulfill the University language requirement with either modern or biblical Hebrew. For course listings, see above.
A major in Judaic Studies is suitable preparation for any preprofessional training which requires an undergraduate liberal arts education. Many of our majors have plans for a career related to Judaica or graduate study. Alumni and alumnae who have majored in Judaic Studies have gone to graduate schools such as Brandeis, Harvard, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yeshiva University School of Social Work, and have entered fields such as Jewish communal service, social work, the arts and communications, teaching, and advanced graduate study.
The Judaic Studies or Hebrew Minor enables students to gain grounding in some particular facet of the discipline, without fulfilling the full range of major requirements.
In Judaic Studies
1. JUDAIC 101 and 102, or their equivalent.
2. Four additional courses, at or above the 300 level, with two in a field of concentration (see course listings above).
Any six courses (18 credits) in Hebrew language (beyond Hebrew 120 Elementary Modern Hebrew II), literature or linguistics (see course listings above).