The Jewish Studies concentration explores the many facets of the Jewish experience, with course offerings ranging across several millennia and continents. Students concentrating in Jewish studies also moderate into a divisional program. Students may focus, for example, on the classic texts of rabbinic Judaism, the modern Jewish experience in Europe, or the dynamics of contemporary Jewish life in Israel or the United States.
Moderation follows the procedure for the primary program. The board consists of the student’s adviser, who is a member of the Jewish Studies concentration, and two faculty members from the divisional program. The Moderation should demonstrate progress in both Jewish studies and the student’s divisional program. Senior Projects are directed by a member of the Jewish studies faculty. The Senior Project board should include at least one member of the divisional program into which the student moderated.
Students are required to take a minimum of five courses in the concentration, including: a core course in Jewish studies, consisting of either Jewish Studies 101, Introduction to Jewish Studies, or one approved course from history and one from religion, such as Religion 175, Classics of Judaism; and at least 4 credits of instruction in a Jewish language, typically Hebrew.
When choosing Jewish studies electives, at least one course must be outside the division of the student’s primary program; one course must be an Upper College conference or seminar; two Jewish studies courses should be taken prior to Moderation; and two semesters of Hebrew at the 200 level will count as one elective.