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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!


Upcoming Program Events
Kudos to our faculty!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, writes fantasy fiction and poetry under the name Rose Lemberg. Her book Marginalia to Stone Bird is the first book of poetry to be shortlisted for a Crawford Award, and is also up for an Elgin Award. Marginalia has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Strange Horizons. Available at Aqueduct Press and Amazon.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

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