Requirements for Major​

Students who have taken two Jewish Studies classes are eligible to apply for the Jewish Studies Major Program. There is no grade requirement. The application materials include a transcript, a recommendation by one Jewish Studies faculty advisor, and an essay addressing why the student wants to major, and how she or he might craft an individualized plan of study. This letter should demonstrate the student’s skills in written expression.​

The major shall consist of 10 courses.​

The core of the new major in Jewish Studies is a close relationship between the student and two faculty advisors. Working with their faculty advisors, students design a course of study that fulfills the Jewish Studies requirements, provides disciplinary rigor, and addresses the student’s academic interests and career plans. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required but encouraged. Students are expected to complete language study appropriate to their particular program, as approved by their advisors.

Core Course Requirements​

Two courses from the list of eligible core courses.​

Distribution Requirements​

One course from two of the following three categories as approved by the student’s Jewish Studies advisors:

  • History and Society
  • Belief and Thought
  • Language, Literature and Culture (Note: A 3000- level Hebrew course can be counted toward the “Language and Literature”)

Topics Requirements​

Two topics courses in the area of their specific major concentration, as approved by their advisors: e.g. a student with a concentration in Jewish History will need two courses in that area; a student of Jewish Thought will likewise require two courses in Jewish Thought; and so on for Literature, Scriptural Studies, etc. (Note: the topics will typically be more specific than the categories listed above for the Distribution Requirements).


Students will take three electives in a field related to their topic, as approved by their advisor. A student focusing on Jewish Thought Since Spinoza may, for instance, be advised to take an additional course in modern Jewish History or a course on Maimonides or a related course on Enlightenment philosophy.


Students will take one 4000-level class selected in consultation with their advisors and relevant to their program of study.​

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