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Jewish Studies Undergraduate Degrees

Requirements available to students matriculating in Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 (catalog entry)

  • 18 credit hours in the minor: 12 ch must be at the 300 level or higher, 9 ch must be in residence at KU; minimum GPA 2.0.
  • Jewish Studies. Satisfied by 3 JWSH courses (9 hours)
  • Courses in Related Disciplines. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) from a list of approved courses. 1 course in Yiddish or 1 course above the 200 level in Hebrew may count among these hours.
  • Among these 18 ch, one course (3 ch) must focus on the Ancient World and one course (3 ch) must focus on the Modern World

Requirements available to students matriculating in Fall 2010 to Summer 2013 (catalog entries: 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)

  • 18 credit hours in the minor: 12 ch must be at the 300 level or higher, 9 ch must be in residence at KU; minimum GPA 2.0.
  • 6 credit hours within Jewish Studies (JWSH courses)
  • 3 credit hours of either JWSH 490 or JWSH 491 (Independent Study to investigate a special topic or project selected by the student taken normally in the student's final year at KU).
  • 3 credit hours in the Ancient World
  • 3 credit hours in the Modern World
  • of these 18 credit hours, 9 must come from at least one other unit (e.g., ENGL, HIST, REL; these courses must contain approximately 40%-50% Jewish content) and 6 may be HEBR/YDSH at the 200-level or above.

Requirements available to students matriculating BEFORE Fall 2010 (link to early catalog entries available here)

  • 18 credit hours in the minor: 12 ch must be at the 300 level or higher, 9 ch must be in residence at KU; minimum GPA 2.0.
  • 2nd year HEBR or YDSH
  • 15 credit hours in at least 3 different units
  • 3 credit hours of Independent Study (e.g., JWSH 490/491)

General requirements for the minor, whatever specific requirements are available to students regardless of when they matriculate at KU

  • Minor Hours. Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses
  • Minor Hours in Residence. Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor.
  • Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours. Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.
  • Minor Graduation GPA. Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all courses in the minor.

Upcoming Program Events
Dr. Perelmutter to be first Director of Undergraduate Studies!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter will be the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Jewish Studies Program! Dr. Perelmutter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Slavic. She will begin her position as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Fall 2017 semester.

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.”

More Kudos!

Dr. Gal Levy, former Visiting Israeli Professor at KU, has won first prize for best article in Hebrew from the Israeli Political Science Association. The article looks at the post-protest protest in Israel and Dr. Levy gives acknowledgments to the KU Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Levy currently teaches at the Open University in Israel. He will be a guest speaker at KU on August 23, his lecture is titled, "Citizenship in Crisis in Contemporary Israel".

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