Undergraduate Overview

The B.A. program in Jewish Studies aims to introduce College students to the breadth and depth of Jewish culture spanning three millennia, and to provide them with the skills and tools to examine the texts, languages, and histories of Jews and Judaism. The perspective is contextual, comparative, and interdisciplinary. Whether College students choose to take the occasional course in Jewish Studies, to examine the range of ancient, medieval, and modern periods and communities studied in the courses in Judaic civilization, or to pursue a major or minor, they will learn to read the classic texts and to appreciate the complexities of Jewish history and culture.

Israelite Four Horned Alter, Oriental Institute Museum

Students may either major or minor in Jewish Studies. In addition to a number of courses offered throughout the University and cross-listed with Jewish Studies, the Undergraduate Program also sponsors specific courses that may be used to fulfill the College’s general education requirement in civilization studies. These courses are divided into the ancient/medieval and modern categories but may be taken in any order. To fulfill the general education requirement, at least one course must pertain to the ancient or medieval periods (JWSC 20120–20199) and at least one course must pertain to the modern period (in the range JWSC 20220–20299). In addition, many faculty in Jewish Studies participate in the College Study Abroad Program in Jerusalem which gives credit toward the Jewish Studies major and minor and can also be used for the general education civilization requirement for its sequence Jerusalem in Middle East Civilizations I-II-III.