Learning Goals

Jewish Studies Majors (Tracks A and B):

    • conceptualize the development of Jewish culture and history over time (from ancient Israel until the present) and space (comparing the variety of Jewish cultural production in a given historical moment).
    • recognize and analyze a variety of Jewish primary sources, 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.
    • demonstrate language proficiency in Hebrew or Yiddish (Track B only)

Jewish Studies Minor:

    • conceptualize the development of Jewish culture and history over time (from ancient Israel until the present) and across space (comparing the variety of Jewish cultural production in a given historical moment).
    • recognize and analyze a variety of Jewish primary sources, both pre-modern and modern.
    • apply secondary sources and methodologies appropriately.

Modern Hebrew Language Minor:

    • demonstrate proficiency and mastery of the modern Hebrew language, including its grammar and lexicon.
    • demonstrate ability to read and analyze selected prose and poetry of modern Hebrew literature.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Holocaust Studies:

    • obtain a foundational command of the history of the Holocaust, situated within the context of European history of the first decades of the twentieth century, the rise of Nazism and its racial policies, and World War II.
    • acquire an overview of representations of the Holocaust from a variety of countries and in an array of media, in order to understand how these works of memory are responsive to the context in which they are created and how they are used by various constituents to engage the public in issues of social justice.
    • demonstrate ability to relate the study of Holocaust history and remembrance with larger historical trajectories (e.g., modern Germany, modern Jewish history, World War II, Antisemitism), with related cultural practices (e.g., film, literature), with related intellectual issues (e.g., the ideology of fascism, the study of collective memory and of trauma), and/or other genocides.

Minor in the Language and Culture of Ancient Israel:

    • understand the development of biblical literature in ancient Israel.
    • recognize and analyze a variety of ancient primary sources, both Israelite (Bible, etc.) and ancient Near Eastern (Ugaritic, Egyptian, Babylonian, etc.).
    • apply secondary sources and methodologies appropriately.