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Judaic Studies Major

Effective Fall 2020

Exclusions:

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.

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.

Prerequisites

None

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 28
  • Core. At least one 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 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 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

  • Advanced Hebrew and Yiddish 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.

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.

Judaic Studies (Major) (Winter 2020 - Summer 2020)

Effective Winter 2020

Exclusions:

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

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.

Prerequisites

None

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 28
  • Core. At least one 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 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 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

  • Advanced Hebrew and Yiddish 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.

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.

Judaic Studies (Major) (Fall 2016 - Fall 2019)

Effective Fall 2016

Exclusions:

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 Near Eastern Studies

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 JudaicStudies@umich.edu or call 734-615-6097 to schedule an appointment.

Prerequisites

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

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 28

At least 12 credits must be at 300 or 400 level; at least one of these courses must be at the 400 level.  

  1. Core. At least two of the following
    • JUDAIC 205: What is Judaism?
    • JUDAIC 210: Sources of Jewish History
    • JUDAIC 281: Jews in Modern World
  2. Electives: All courses must be at the 200-level or above and approved by a major advisor or chosen from the list below.  

Electives:

Judaic Studies

Any course in JUDAIC or YIDDISH at the 200-level or above, or crossslisted with JUDAIC or crosslisted with YIDDISH, except for elementary language courses (JUDAIC 201, 202, 531, 532 or GERMAN 227, 228 or YIDDISH 201, 202, 531, 532)

Courses in other departments

  • AMCULT 342 / HISTORY 368 / WOMENSTD 360. History of the Family in the U.S.
  • CLARCH 327 / CLCIV 327 / MIDEAST 355 / RELIGION 326. Jews in the Roman Mediterranean: Archaeology, Religion, and Culture
  • CLCIV 327 / CLARCH 327 / MIDEAST 355 / RELIGION 326. Jews in the Roman Mediterranean: Archaeology, Religion, and Culture
  • ENGLISH 313. Topics in Literary Studies, section titled “Literature of the Holocaust” 
  • ENGLISH 317. Literature and Culture, sections titled  "Yiddish Classics”, or "Yiddish Classics and Modernity", or "Literature of the Holocaust"
  • GERMAN 322 / HISTORY 322. The Origins of Nazism
  • HEBREW 301. Advanced Hebrew I
  • HEBREW 302. Advanced Hebrew II
  • HISTORY 322 / GERMAN 322. The Origins of Nazism
  • HISTORY 259 / RELIGION 358 / MIDEAST 339 / JUDAIC 339. Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion
  • HISTORY 368 / AMCULT 342 / WOMENSTD 360. History of the Family in the U.S.
  • JUDAIC 280 / MIDEAST 238 / RELIGION 280. The Historical Jesus in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
  • JUDAIC 335 / RELIGION 359 / MIDEAST 335. History and Religion of Ancient Judaism
  • JUDAIC 339 / HISTORY 259 / RELIGION 358 / MIDEAST 339. Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion
  • MIDEAST 200  Introduction to the Middle East
  • MIDEAST 201. Madness, Medicine, and Magic in the Middle East
  • MIDEAST 235 / RELIGION 121. Introduction to the Tanakh/Old Testament
  • MIDEAST 238 / RELIGION 280. The Historical Jesus in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
  • MIDEAST 242 / RELIGION 270. Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
  • MIDEAST 326. The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature
  • MIDEAST 335 / RELIGION 359. History and Religion of Ancient Judaism
  • MIDEAST 339 / RELIGION 358. Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion
  • MIDEAST 355 / CLARCH 327 / CLCIV 327 / RELIGION 326. Jews in the Roman Mediterranean: Archaeology, Religion, and Culture
  • POLSCI 351. Israeli Society and Politics
  • POLSCI 353. The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • RELIGION 121 / MIDEAST 235. Introduction to the Tanakh/Old Testament
  • RELIGION 270 / MIDEAST 242. Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
  • RELIGION 280 / MIDEAST 238 / JUDAIC 280. The Historical Jesus in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
  • RELIGION 326 / MIDEAST 355 / CLARCH 327 / CLCIV 327. Jews in the Roman Mediterranean: Archaeology, Religion, and Culture
  • RELIGION 358 / MIDEAST 339 / HISTORY 259 / JUDAIC 339. Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion
  • RELIGION 359 / MIDEAST 335 / JUDAIC 335. History and Religion of Ancient Judaism
  • WOMENSTD 360 / HISTORY 368 / AMCULT 342. History of the Family in the U.S.

Constraints

  • Only advanced Hebrew and Yiddish 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.

Residency

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

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the JUDAIC subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

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.

Judaic Studies Major (Fall 2015-Summer 2016)

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Students who elect the Hebrew Studies submajor of Near Eastern Studies may not elect the Judaic Studies major.

Effective: Fall 2015-Summer 2016

An undergraduate major in Judaic Studies offers students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of international affairs, historical change and religious phenomena. The major introduces students to the history and cultures of the Jewish people, and explores the world from distinctive Jewish perspectives.

Prerequisites to the Major

JUDAIC 205 and second-term proficiency in modern Hebrew (HJCS 102) or Yiddish (JUDAIC 102).

Requirements for the Major

Students are required to complete at least 24 credits of work in approved courses, exclusive of the above language requirement and JUDAIC 205. Fifteen of the 24 credits must be elected in residence unless special permission is given by the department advisor.

The 24 credits must include two courses in each of the following three categories:

  1. Classical and Modern Judaism
  2. Jewish Literature and Culture
  3. Jewish History and Social Science

In addition, two of the courses (not including JUDAIC 205) must cover or include material from pre-modern periods (before ca. 1750).

Classical and Modern Judaism: Law and Religion
  • History: HISTORY 256, 269, 277, 281, 306, 307, and 406
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 260, 265, 270, 277, 281, 376, 379, 467, 468, 470, 478, 481
  • Law: 642, 867
  • Near Eastern Studies
    • Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: ACABS 270, 321, 322, 470, 542, 543, 723, and appropriate sections of 591 and 592
    • Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies: HJCS 270, 379, 470, 477, 478, 491, 542, 543, 576, 577, 591
    • Near Eastern Studies: NEAREAST 200, 207, 238
  • Religion: 201, 260, 270, 277, 359, 469, 471 and 478
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures: 
    • SLAVIC 281, 481
  • Women’s Studies: WOMENSTD 376
Jewish Literature and Culture
  • American Culture: AMCULT 387
  • Anthropology: ANTHRCUL 335
  • English Language and Literature: 383, and appropriate sections of ENGLISH 313, 317, 318, 417 and 430.
  • History: 350, 387, 435
  • History of Art: HISTART 323
  • Judaic Studies: 250, 271, 281, 296, 343, 344, 373, 381, 401, 451, 467, 480, 591, and 592
  • Near Eastern Studies
    • Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: ACABS 544
    • Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies: HJCS 296, 305, 323, 335, 373, 381, 401, 402, 471, 472, 544, 545, 571, 572, 577, 592
    • Near East Studies: NEAREAST 281, 326, 490, 590
  • Political Science: 350 and 451
  • Religion: 296, 324, 361, 444, and 471
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures:
    • RUSSIAN 435
    • SLAVIC 270, 281, 481
  • Women’s Studies: WOMENSTD 376
Jewish History and Social Science
  • American Culture: AMCULT 343, 387
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures: GERMAN 322
  • History: HISTORY 244, 256, 269, 322, 368, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 406, 435, 628, and appropriate sections of HISTORY 396, 397, 590, 591; and MEMS 381 and 382
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 244, 260, 265, 271, 277, 296,  343, 380, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 406, 410, 435, 451, 480, 628, and 652
  • Middle Eastern and North African Studies: MENAS 244
  • Near Eastern Studies
    • Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish & Islamic Studies: AAPTIS 244, 277
    • Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies: HJCS 244, 277, 296
    • Near East Studies: NEAREAST 207
  • Political Science: 350, 351, 353, 451 and 652
  • Religion: 260, 277, 296, 358
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures:
    • Slavic Surveys: SLAVIC 270
  • Social Work: 645
  • Sociology: 410
Languages
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 201, 202, 301, 302, 333 and 401
  • Near Eastern Studies 
    • Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: ACABS202, 483, 484, 581 and 582
    • Hebrew:  HEBREW 301
    • Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies: HJCS 201, 202,  302
    • Near Eastern Studies Language: NESLANG 201
  • Yiddish: YIDDISH 201, 202, 301, and 302
Independent Studies
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 495, 496, 497, 498, and 500.

Other courses, at the 200-level and above, may be approved by the department advisor. 100-level courses may not be included in a plan for the major. Students with extensive preparation in Jewish studies may be exempted from taking JUDAIC 205 by the department advisor.

Students may include intermediate Hebrew or Yiddish courses in a plan for the major if they use the other language as a prerequisite.

Honors Plan

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. The name, phone number, and office hours of the Honors department advisor are available in the Honors Office, 1330 Mason Hall, or in the Center for Judaic Studies, 2111 Thayer Academic Building.

Concurrent Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program

Majors who are advanced in their studies and have exhausted the undergraduate resources in Judaic Studies are encouraged to speak with the Judaic Studies Student/Fellow Coordinator about the Concurrent Undergraduate-Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program in LSA. 

Judaic Studies Major (Fall 2012-Summer 2015)

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Effective: Fall 2012 - Summer 2015

An undergraduate major in Judaic Studies offers students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of international affairs, historical change and religious phenomena. The major introduces students to the history and cultures of the Jewish people, and explores the world from distinctive Jewish perspectives.

Prerequisites to the Major

JUDAIC 205 and second-term proficiency in modern Hebrew (HJCS 102) or Yiddish (JUDAIC 102).

Requirements for the Major

Students are required to complete at least 24 credits of work in approved courses, exclusive of the above language requirement and JUDAIC 205. Fifteen of the 24 credits must be elected in residence unless special permission is given by the department advisor.

The 24 credits must include two courses in each of the following three categories:

  1. Classical and Modern Judaism
  2. Jewish Literature and Culture
  3. Jewish History and Social Science

In addition, two of the courses (not including JUDAIC 205) must cover or include material from pre-modern periods (before ca. 1750).

Classical and Modern Judaism: Law and Religion
  • History: HISTORY256, 269, 277, 281, 306, 307, and 406
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 260, 265, 270, 277, 281, 376, 379, 467, 468, 470, 478, 481
  • Law: 642, 867
  • Near Eastern Studies
    • Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: ACABS 200, 221, 270, 277, 321, 322, 470, 542, 543, 723, and appropriate sections of 591 and 592
    • Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish & Islamic Studies: AAPTIS 200, 277
    • Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies: HJCS 200, 270, 277, 379, 470, 477, 478, 491, 542, 543, 576, 577, 591
  • Religion: 201, 260, 270, 277, 359, 469, 471 and 478
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures: 
    • SLAVIC 281, 481
  • Women’s Studies: WOMENSTD 376
Jewish Literature and Culture
  • American Culture: AMCULT 387
  • Anthropology: ANTHRCUL 335
  • English Language and Literature: 383, and appropriate sections of ENGLISH 313, 317, 318, 417 and 430.
  • History: 350, 387, 435
  • History of Art: HISTART 323
  • Judaic Studies: 250, 271, 281, 296, 343, 344, 373, 381, 401, 451, 467, 480, 591, and 592
  • Near Eastern Studies
    • Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: ACABS 544
    • Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish & Islamic Studies: AAPTIS 383
    • Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies: HJCS 281, 296, 305, 323, 335, 373, 381, 401, 402, 471, 472, 491, 544, 545, 571, 572, 577, 591 and 592
  • Political Science: 350 and 451
  • Religion: 296, 324, 361, 444, and 471
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures:
    • RUSSIAN 435
    • SLAVIC 270, 281, 481
  • Women’s Studies: WOMENSTD 376
Jewish History and Social Science
  • American Culture: AMCULT 343, 387
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures: GERMAN 322
  • History: HISTORY 244, 256, 269, 322, 368, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 406, 435, 628, and appropriate sections of HISTORY 396, 397, 590, 591; and MEMS 381 and 382
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 244, 260, 265, 271, 277, 296,  343, 380, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 406, 410, 435, 451, 480, 628, and 652
  • Middle Eastern and North African Studies: MENAS 244
  • Near Eastern Studies
    • Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: ACABS 277
    • Arabic, Armenian Turkish & Islamic Studies: AAPTIS 244, 277
    • Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies: HJCS 244, 277, 296
  • Political Science: 350, 351, 353, 451 and 652
  • Religion: 260, 277, 296, 358
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures:
    • Slavic Surveys: SLAVIC 270
  • Social Work: 645
  • Sociology: 410
Languages
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 201, 202, 301, 302, 333 and 401
  • Near Eastern Studies 
    • Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies: ACABS 201, 202, 483, 484, 581 and 582
    • Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies: HJCS 201, 202, 301 and 302
  • Yiddish: YIDDISH 201, 202, 301, and 302
Independent Studies
  • Judaic Studies: JUDAIC 495, 496, 497, 498, and 500.

Other courses, at the 200-level and above, may be approved by the department advisor. 100-level courses may not be included in a plan for the major. Students with extensive preparation in Jewish studies may be exempted from taking JUDAIC 205 by the department advisor.

Students may include intermediate Hebrew or Yiddish courses in a plan for the major if they use the other language as a prerequisite.

Honors Plan

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. The name, phone number, and office hours of the Honors department advisor are available in the Honors Office, 1330 Mason Hall, or in the Center for Judaic Studies, 2111 Thayer Academic Building.

Concurrent Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program

Majors who are advanced in their studies and have exhausted the undergraduate resources in Judaic Studies are encouraged to speak with the Judaic Studies Student/Fellow Coordinator about the Concurrent Undergraduate-Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program in LSA.