Requirements for a major in Jewish Studies

Effective Spring 2014 - The Two-Track Jewish Studies Major

Track A: Jewish Studies Major
Twelve courses (at least 36 credits), as follows:

Three required courses (9 credits total):

  • Jewish Society and Culture I: Antiquity to Middle Ages
  • Jewish Society and Culture II: The Modern Experience
  • Jewish Studies Seminar

Students are advised to take the first two courses as early as possible in their studies, preferably before their junior year. The seminar is normally taken during the second semester of the junior year.

Nine electives, of which at least 3 must be 300-level or above; the other six may be 100, 200, or above. At least one elective must be a course (at any level) in pre-modern Jewish history, literature, or culture, and at least one elective must be a course (at any level) in modern Jewish history, literature, or culture.


Track B: Jewish Studies Major with Advanced Language
Twelve courses (at least 36 credits), as follows:

Three required courses (9 credits total):

  • Jewish Society and Culture I: Antiquity to Middle Ages
  • Jewish Society and Culture II: The Modern Experience
  • Jewish Studies Seminar

Students are advised to take the first two courses as early as possible in their studies, preferably before their junior year. The seminar is normally taken during the second semester of the junior year.

Proficiency in Hebrew or Yiddish (for Hebrew: complete Intermediate Hebrew (563:132) or its equivalent; two semesters of language classes must be taken at Rutgers. For Yiddish: meet with Undergraduate Director to discuss study options, including intensive summer courses offered by other institutions). Seven electives, of which at least three must be 300-level or above, the other six may be 100, 200, or above. At least one elective must be a course (at any level) in pre-modern Jewish history, literature, or culture.


Honors Thesis:
Qualified students--based on a GPA of 3.0 cumulative, 3.4 in Jewish Studies--may apply to do an Honors Thesis in Jewish Studies in either Track A or B. Honors Thesis counts as two electives.

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