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Judaic Studies

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Judaic Studies
Zachary J. Braiterman, Director
501 Hall of Languages

This interdisciplinary minor explores Jewish culture and religion.  Faculty research and teaching focus on the Hebrew Bible, Hebrew and Yiddish fiction, European and American literature, Jews in modern Europe, the arts, modern Judaic thought and culture, Israel, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  The minor provides broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of Jewish experience both historical and contemporary, and is meant to prepare students for further pursuits in Jewish culture, history, and religion upon graduation, either academically or in private life.  The Judaic Studies Program offers courses and advising to students, and a range of events (lectures, films, musical performances, etc.) for students, faculty, and the larger community.  Graduate students are eligible to apply for the Benjamin Fellowship, and all students may submit Holocaust-related papers to the undergraduate and graduate Kalina Prize competition.


The minor requires 18 credits in Judaic studies. Students take a 6 credit core, which includes two courses selected from:

•             JSP/REL 114: The Bible
•             JSP/REL 135: Judaism
•             JSP/REL 231: Judaic Literature

An additional 9 credits are required in related courses chosen in consultation with the director of the program. Two years of Hebrew are recommended but not required.

Plus the following 3 credits:    JSP 439 Senior Judaic Studies Seminar