2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Aug 21, 2018  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Jewish Education Minor

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Jewish Education Minor


Corinne Roth Smith, Professor

157 Huntington Hall, 315-443-9321, crsmith@syr.edu

The primary purpose of this minor is to better prepare SU undergraduates to teach in Jewish congregational schools, camps, community centers, youth organizations.


  • GPA 2.8 or above
  • 1-2 page statement on why the individual would like to declare a minor in Jewish Education
  • The JSP Director and Jewish Education Minor Coordinator will review each candidate’s courses completed and professional disposition standards before recommending a student for a community internship. Those not approved will be asked to un-declare the minor.

Curriculum Requirements

Additional Judaic Studies Content (9 credits)

  • Must be 300 level and above
  • Must include courses cross-listed with JSP, including those offered abroad. Other courses with Judaic Studies content can be approved by the JSP director.
  • One course in history, sociology or political science is strongly recommended.

Pedagogy Courses (7-9 credits):

Students in Teacher Preparation Programs

Students in Teacher Preparation Programs will overlap this course with their education major.

  •   (course to be regularized). Students in Teacher Preparation Programs may substitute a methods course from their teacher preparation area for this course.
  •   (Practicum in Jewish Education (1-2 cr.)) (non-teacher preparation majors complete two credits/semesters, and enroll concurrently with EDU 355 ; Teacher Preparation majors complete one credit/semester and enroll in their field specific methods course prior to or concurrent with EDU 470 ):
  • The practicum semester(s) will include sessions during which congregational/agency educators convey supplementary information on Jewish traditions, modes of thought, and teaching strategies.

Total Credits: 22-24

Additional Hebrew requirement:

Students must complete HEB 101  (4 cr.), or achieve placement test results placing them into HEB 102  or higher. (Students are not required to take HEB 102 , however). This requirement must be completed before the internship semester.


Students in the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education program can best fit the Judaic Studies courses into their curriculum if they are Human Thought and Expression concentrators.

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