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Major

The undergraduate major in Judaic Studies offers students an opportunity to explore the diverse histories, traditions, and cultural expressions of Jews living across the globe. Students use the tools of Jewish textual studies and source analysis to contend with contemporary political and social issues. They gain vital skills in research and writing, critical and creative thinking, and public and persuasive speaking. The major is flexible and individualized, providing opportunities for in-depth language studies, experiential learning, study abroad, and personal connections with faculty.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites to the Major

None    

Minimum Credits: 28

Requirements for the Major

Core Course:  At least one of the following

 

Electives

  • All courses must be at the 200-level or above with a Judaic listing or be approved by a major advisor.
  • Advanced Hebrew and Yiddish language courses (300-level and 400-level) may count toward the major.

Upper Level Credit Requirement

  • At least 15 credits must be at 300 or 400 level; at least one of these courses must be at the 400 level.

Hebrew Sub Plan: Optional sub plan for Judaic Studies majors

  • Prerequisite of first year proficiency in Hebrew achieved through coursework (Hebrew 102) or placement examination.
  • Judaic Studies Hebrew Sub Plan Language Requirement (6 credit minimum taken in residence): one 200 level course can count toward the language requirement (but does not count toward the 28 credit major).  At least one Hebrew language course must be taken at the 300-level or above 

Language

  • 200 level language courses in less commonly taught languages (such as Yiddish, Ladino, or Biblical Hebrew) can count toward the 28 credit major (up to 8 credits)

Constraints

  • Students may not use more than one Independent study course as an elective unless approved by the Judaic Studies advisor.
  • A major in Judaic studies is not open to students with a minor in Judaic Studies, a minor in Yiddish Studies, or a Hebrew Studies submajor from the Department of Middle East Studies.

Residency

  • Fifteen of the 28 credits must be elected in residence unless special permission is given by the major advisor.

Honors

The Center offers an Honors plan to qualified Judaic Studies students. Application for an Honors plan 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 plan 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

The Judaic Studies advisor gives practical assistance navigating the major and minor degree requirements.  The advising office is located in the Thayer Building, Suite 2111. U-M students interested in a concentration in Judaic Studies, considering an academic minor, or seeking more information about the program, should meet with an advisor to map out a course of study. Prospective students are welcome to visit the Judaic Studies office.

To arrange a meeting with the undergraduate advisor, please make an appointment using the Advising Appointment System.  If you have questions, contact 734-615-6097.

Student Service Coordinator / Advisor - Michael Goldberg