JS Major

Approved September 16, 2015.

Requirements for the Jewish Studies major (30 credit hours):

  • 2 courses in Jewish history and/or culture (6 credit hours)
  • 2 courses in Judaism (6 credit hours)
  • *demonstration of proficiency at the intermediate level of Hebrew or Yiddish (usually satisfied by taking 2 courses [6 credit hours] at the 200-level)
  • 3 electives (9 credit hours)
  • JWSH 601, a capstone course (3 credit hours)*

*During the Fall 2017 semester, JWSH 601 will be attached to pre-exisitng courses. Beginning Spring semester 2018, however, JWSH 601 will be taught as its own course, and will only be taught in the Spring semester thereafter. 

With the language requirement, Jewish Studies offers a BA - there is no BGS degree in Jewish Studies.

The Majors Marketplace website now features Jewish Studies degree options!


Welcome Professor Zeedan!
The Jewish Studies Program is delighted to welcome Prof. Rami Zeedan as a new faculty member! Prof. Zeedan holds a Ph.D. in Israeli Studies from the University of Haifa in Israel. His research interests include the history of modern Israel, Israeli politics, Middle-Eastern politics, ethnic politics, urban affairs and local governments, and public opinion. This Fall he is teaching courses on Israeli politics and government, and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
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