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Major

Judaic Studies explores its key themes in an interdisciplinary fashion, using the tools of history, law, literature, and culture to investigate the broad sweep of nationhood, religion, language, and space.

Majors explore the diverse experiences of the Jewish people, their traditions, histories, interactions with other cultures, and impact on the world.

Program Requirements

 

Prerequisites to the Major:

  • Second semester proficiency in Hebrew (HEBREW 102) or Yiddish (JUDAIC 102), achieved either through course work or placement examination.    

 

Requirements for the Major:

  • Students are required to complete 28 credits of work in approved courses, excluding the pre-requisites above. At least 12 credits must be at the 300- or 400-level; at least one of these courses must be at the 400-level. 100-level courses may not be included in a major plan.

Core- At least two of the following:

  • JUDAIC 205: What is Judaism?
  • JUDAIC 210: Sources of Jewish History
  • JUDAIC 281: Jews in the Modern World

Electives- All courses must be at the 200-level or above and approved by the major advisor. Hebrew and Yiddish courses must be at the 300-level or above. Only one Independent Study course can be used towards the major. 

Constraints:

  • 15 of the 28 credits must be elected in residence unless special permission is given by the major advisor.
  • The Judaic Studies major is not available to Hebrew Studies submajors from the Dept. of Near Easter Studies.

 

Honors:

  • The Center offers an Honors major to qualified Judaic Studies students.  Application for an Honors major is usually made at the beginning of the third year.  Participation requires a 3.5 grade point average.  Graduation with Honors is recommended for students who complete all College and Judaic Studies graduation requirements, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and write a substantial Honors thesis which is judged worthy of Honors designation by the thesis advisor and at least one other faculty reader.  An Honors major is not limited to students who have been in the College Honors Program in the first and second years.  For more information about Honors, email Ask.Honors@umich.edu or call 734.764.6274.

 

Advising:

  • A student who is interested in a major in Judaic Studies should meet with the major advisor as early as possible to plan a coherent course of study.  Please email js-student-services@umich.edu or call 734-615-6097 to schedule an appointment.