Students in the Jewish Studies Concentration 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 and Senior Project
At least two Jewish Studies courses should be taken prior to Moderation. 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. These should include core courses in Jewish Studies consisting of a) one approved course from Historical Studies and b) one from Interdisciplinary Study of Religions, such as Religion 104, Creating Judaism; History 181, Jews in the Modern World; and c) at least 4 credits 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; and two semesters of Hebrew at the 200 level count as one elective.