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The Judaic Studies Honors Program is designed for concentrators who want to do advanced research and write an extensive thesis on a topic of their choice under the direct supervision of a Judaic Studies professor.


The program generally spans two semesters, beginning in the fall semester of the senior year. Students should apply no later than the end of the fall semester of their junior year. With guidance of their advisor students will write a prospectus for the Honors project they wish to undertake. This prospectus is appended to the Honors application form, which also serves as an application to enter JUDAIC 497.

To be considered for admission, students should have a 3.5 grade point average in Judaic Studies courses and a 3.4 grade point average overall. High grade point average alone does not guarantee admission. Decisions are based on academic performance, background in Judaic Studies, demonstrated ability to write, and faculty recommendations.


The Judaic Studies Honors Program consists of a minimum of two honors thesis courses. During the senior year, students write their thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor. This is done through enrollment in JUDAIC 497 and 498. These courses are led by the faculty advisor and must be completed by all honors students.

Honors Thesis

The completed honors thesis is due in late March. The length of the honors thesis will be determined by the faculty advisor on a case by case basis. The thesis can be no less than 30–50 pages (LSA requirement). The thesis grade will determine whether the student will graduate with Honors. Grades of “Honors,” “High Honors,” or “Highest Honors” may be assigned. In consultation with the advisor Judaic Studies will assign a second reader. The second reader must be a University of Michigan faculty member, but may be from a department other than Judaic Studies.