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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    

Requirements for the Major

Minimum Credits: 28

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.

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 or above 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) if the student meets LSA's language requirement in another language. 

Constraints

  • Advanced Hebrew language courses (300-level and 400-level) may count toward the major.
  • Students may not use more than one Independent study course as an elective unless approved by the Judaic Studies advisor.
  • Students can pursue both a Judaic Studies and a Middle East Studies major as long as the student does not elect to pursue both a Middle East Studies Hebrew submjaor and a Judaic Studies Hebrew sub plan. Students pursuing a Middle East Studies Hebrew submajor or Judaic Studies Hebrew subplan cannot use the Hebrew credits used to fulfill the Hebrew  submajor/subplan to also fulfill requirements for the Judaic Studies or Middle East Studies major.

Residency

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

Honors

The Judaic Studies Honors Program is designed for declared Judaic Studies majors 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 faculty member. Students should apply no later than the end of the fall semester of their junior year. 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 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. Read more information about the LSA Honors Program here

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.

You can contact the Student Service Coordinator / Advisor at js-student-services@umich.edu