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Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary major that consists of courses in a variety of disciplines. Students will gain an understanding of Jewish civilizations, as the result of interactions of Jewish culture, history, and religion. Students will explore the constants and diversity of the Jewish experience in different eras and geographical settings, and will study and grapple with Jewish beliefs and texts. Students must demonstrate a Novice-midlevel proficiency in Hebrew (as defined by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages guidelines), either by successfully completing a semester of beginning Hebrew (HEBW 101A or HEBW 101B), a semester of Biblical Hebrew (RST 318 or RST 319), or by passing a language test arranged by the Director of the program.

Requirements (40 units minimum)

Core (30 units)

Take the following course:

  • *HIST 141 Jewish Civilization (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: One GE Foundation course and ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1).

*Culture and Society (6 units):

  • CWL 342 and 344.

*History area (9 units) chosen from the following:

  • HIST 304, HIST 344, HIST 345, HIST 393, HIST 432, HIST 434, HIST 470.

*Religion and Thought (9 units) chosen from the following:

  • R/ST 210, R/ST 230, R/ST 311, R/ST 312, R/ST 314, R/ST 315, R/ST 317, R/ST 318, R/ST 319, R/ST 320A, R/ST 320B, R/ST 460.

*Capstone Course (3 units):

  • To be determined by Program Advisor.

*Electives (10 units):

  • GEOG 309, POSC 367, HEBW 101A or HEBW 101B, HEBW 210, or courses listed above in excess of core requirements or other courses as detemined by advisor.

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