Major in Judaic Studies

To graduate with a degree in Judaic Studies the following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

2. Required courses for the major:

  • Prerequisite: Two years of Hebrew
  • 2 Religion courses (6 credits). REL 3201 is required and one other course chosen from the list of courses posted on our website.
  • 3 History courses (9 credits). HIST 3060, “Modern Jewish History,” is required as well as two other courses chosen from the list of courses posted on our website.
  • 2 Literature courses (6 credits) to be chosen from the list of courses posted on our website.
  • 1 Arts & Culture course (3 credits) to be chosen from the list of courses posted on our website.
  • 1 Additional Elective (3 credits) from an approved study abroad course (to be determined in consultation with advisor) or to be chosen from the list of courses posted on our website.
  • Capstone course/Senior thesis – JSTD 4108-4109 - to be conducted over two semesters (4 credits:  1 credit for the first semester, 3 credits for the second.)

3. ePortfolio: From the moment you become a Judaic Studies major until graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to develop, maintain, and store an online compendium of images, videos, sound clips and written work that reflects your perspective on Judaic Studies. The ePortfolio will make it possible for you to see connections between your classes and, when the time comes, to look back on your career.

Judaic Studies Program Blog

Read the program's blog, From Under The Fig Tree, to stay informed on what Judaic Studies faculty and students are up to. The blog also serves as a cultural clearinghouse on what's new and noteworthy within the broader Jewish republic of arts and letters.