Program requirements

The Curricular Requirements for the Judaic Studies Major

In addition to meeting all the requirements of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs, Judaic Studies majors must complete the following requirements:


1. Required courses (9 credits):

REL 2201         Judaism

HIST 2050       History of Jewish Civilization: From the Bible to Modernity

JSTD 4019       Senior Thesis


2. One course (3 credits) from the following Pre-Modern courses:

ANTH 3805     Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands

CLAS 2803      The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.

CLAS 2804      History of Ancient Israel

REL 1009        The Hebrew Scriptures

JSTD 2001      Topics in Judaic Studies: Pre-modern

REL 2211        Rabbinic Thought and Literature

REL 3141        Second Temple/Hellenistic Judaism

REL 3149W     Biblical Issues

REL 3211        Rabbinic Thought and Literature

REL 3923        Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

WSGG 3281    Women in Judaism 


3. One course (3 credits) from the following Modern courses:

ENGL 3970     Jewish American Literature

HEBR 3101     Modern Hebrew Literary Classics

HEBR 3301     Modern Hebrew Fiction

HEBR 3302     The Israeli Media

HIST 3060      Modern Jewish History

HIST 3367      The American Jewish Experience

HIST 3820      The History of Israel

JSTD 2002      Topics in Judaic Studies: Modern

PSC 2379        Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel

REL 3221        Issues in Jewish Ethics

REL 3291        Modern Jewish Thought

REL 3292        Seminar: Issues in Jewish Thought 


4. Five additional course (15 credits) from the two lists above.


5. Forgein Language Requirement

Two semesters of study in a single foreign language (or the equivalent). 


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.