Learning Goals

Majors will be able to conceptualize the development of Jewish culture and history over time (from the era of the Bible until the present) and space (comparing the variety of Jewish cultural production in a given historical moment); recognize and analyze classical, pre-modern Jewish sources; understand the variety of methodologies (historical, literary, philological, anthropological, philosophical, and sociological) used to study Jewish culture; demonstrate language proficiency (two years) in Hebrew or Yiddish; investigate Jewish culture through its literature, either in the original or in translation; and critically read, think and write on the Jewish experience. Majors will be able to demonstrate research skills (bibliographic, analytic, research, and writing) and competence in textual analysis; and initiate, research, and write a semester-length independent research paper.

Learning Goals for the Jewish Studies Minor:

  1. Conceptualize the development of Jewish culture and history over time (from the era of the Bible until the present) and across space (comparing the variety of Jewish cultural production in a given historical moment).
  2. Recognize and analyze a variety of Jewish primary sources, both pre-modern and modern.
  3. Apply secondary sources and methodologies appropriately.

Hebrew - Modern (Minor) / Language and Culture of Ancient Israel (Minor)

Jewish Studies Minors will be able to demonstrate a broad view of the Jewish past and more in-depth knowledge of a sample of the spectrum of Jewish studies.

Minors in Hebrew Language will be able to demonstrate proficiency and mastery of the Hebrew language.

 

Jewish Studies Majors (Tracks A and B) will be able to:

  • Conceptualize the development of Jewish culture and history over time (from the era of the Bible until the present) and space (comparing the variety of Jewish cultural production in a given historical moment);
  • Recognize and analyze a variety of Jewish source, both pre-modern and modern.
  • Demonstrate research skills (bibliographic, analytic, research, and writing) and competence in textual analysis through guided researching and writing of a research paper over the course of a semester.

Track B only: Demonstrate language proficiency in Hebrew and Yiddish