Concentration Requirements

Required Coursework for Judaic Studies concentrators:

A concentration in Judaic Studies includes the following requirements: 

  1. All students are required to take a total of ten courses.
  2. All students must take one full year of Hebrew (two of the ten required courses). Generally, this requirement will consist of two courses in Elementary Hebrew (HEBR 0100 - HEBR 0200) or the equivalent as determined by a proficiency examination. Fulfillment of the Hebrew requirement through examination does not reduce the requirement to take ten courses for the concentration. 
    Students choosing to continue with Hebrew language study may apply up to two additional Hebrew language courses (HEBR 0300, HEBR 0400, or HEBR 0500) to the additional required courses for the concentration.
  3. Upon declaring a concentration in Judaic studies, each student must define his or her primary disciplinary track (History, Religious Studies, or Language/Literature). Concentrators will then be assigned a faculty mentor in that discipline (within the JS faculty) to help the students select courses and construct a coherent concentration plan.
  4. Of the courses required in the Program in Judaic Studies, at least one should focus on the ancient period and one should focus on the modern period.
  5. Each student, in discussion with his/her mentor, is required to designate an advanced course (1000 level) in his/her senior year either within the Judaic Studies program or in the corresponding disciplinary department as the capstone for his/her concentration. Within the frame of this capstone course, the concentrator will write a final paper on a topic in Judaic Studies that displays in an appropriate way the theoretical and interpretive issues of the concentration focus. If students opt to fulfill this requirement in a course outside the Program in Judaic Studies, the student must get permission in advance both from his/her mentor and from the professor of the course in question since the student’s final project will address a Judaic studies topic or theme.
  6. Double concentrators may count up to two courses that deal with Jewish history, culture, or practice that they have used to complete their concentration requirements in another department towards their concentration in Judaic Studies.

The following are required for the completion of each track:

History or Religious Studies Track:

Students are expected to complete:

  1. HEBR 0100/0200
  2. Six courses offered in the Program in Judaic Studies
    a) Students with a disciplinary focus in History should take at least one course focusing on the ancient period.
    b) Students with a disciplinary focus in Religious Studies should take one course focusing on the modern period. 
  3. At least one course (but no more than two) should be taken outside the program in Judaic Studies in the department of disciplinary focus (preferably methods courses, such as in the History department or RELS 1000).
  4. Students in this track, in consultation with the concentration adviser and faculty mentor, may apply up to two additional Hebrew language courses (JUDS 0300, JUDS 0400, or JUDS 0500) to the additional four required courses for the concentration.

Language/Literature Track:

Students are expected to complete:

  1. Five courses in Hebrew language (HEBR 0100/HEBR 0200; HEBR 0300/HEBR 0400; HEBR 0500). 
  2. “Issues in Israel in Hebrew” (JUDS 0600) 
  3. One further course in Judaic Studies with a disciplinary focus upon Literature. 
  4. Two additional courses in the disciplinary focus, at least one of which must be outside the Program in Judaic Studies in a department of shared disciplinary focus (e.g. English or Comparative Literature). 
  5. Fulfillment of the Hebrew requirement through proficiency examination does not reduce the requirement to take ten courses for the concentration. 
  6. Of the courses required in this track one should focus on the ancient period.
  7. A 1000-level Capstone

Study Abroad: 

Students who study at other institutions, either in the United States or abroad, may apply a maximum of 2 topical courses [non-language study] to the concentration (as 2 courses taken outside of Judaic Studies) 

Students who study abroad in Israel are required to enroll in a Summer/Winter Ulpan prior to the beginning of the semester as well as a Hebrew Language course during their semester abroad. Students will receive 1 transfer credit for both courses toward concentration.  Students whose level of proficiency allows them to enroll in a university course conducted in Hebrew are exempt from the Ulpan requirement.