Majors are required to complete, with grades of C- or better, 12 course credits in the Jewish Studies Program.

Core courses:

  • RELG 109. Jewish Tradition
  • RELG 211. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • HIST 213. Modern Jewish History
  • One course dealing with pre-modern Jewish history and society, to be approved by the Program Director

Language: All participants in Jewish studies must satisfactorily arrive at the intermediate level of Hebrew language acquisition (Biblical or modern), or pass an examination demonstrating that level of competence. Language study beyond the intermediate level can be counted as elective work.

Electives: Participants in the major may choose from any of the elective courses listed below. Students may petition the director to have elective study outside of this approved list counted. A one-credit internship may be counted as an elective.

  • CLCV 300. Archaeological Excavation
  • JWST 206. The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • JWST 399. Independent Study
  • RELG 209. Religions in the Contemporary Middle East
  • RELG 214. Jews in America
  • RELG 307. Jewish Philosophy
  • RELG 308. Jewish Mysticism

Capstone/Senior project: In their senior year, majors will complete JWST 497, a one-semester, one-credit senior thesis research tutorial under the primary supervision of a participating faculty member of the Jewish Studies Program. This thesis should be initially planned in consultation with the director. In exceptional circumstances, the director can be petitioned to allow a yearlong, two-credit thesis. The course meets the Writing Intensive Part II requirement.


Study away: Majors are strongly encouraged to pursue foreign study, normally through either the Hebrew University in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv University.

Honors: The award of honors in Jewish studies will be based on excellence in the senior independent project or thesis and a grade point average of A- or better in the courses for the major.

Minor: Information regarding the Jewish Studies minor can be found here.