Committee on Judaic Studies
J. Weissman Joselit (Director), T. Anbinder, S. Ben-Gad, N. Brown, E. Cline, J. Cohen, P. Duff, R. Eisen, E. Friedland, B. Hill, L. Jacobson, S. Marcus, F. Moskowitz, W. Reich, A. Rulnick, D. Schwartz, L. Strauss, M. Ticktin, S. Waisman, G. Wald
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences offers an interdisciplinary program in Judaic studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. This program is intended for students who wish to investigate the history, language, literature, religious and philosophical thought, and political and social experience of the Jewish people from the perspective of several academic disciplines. (Students who wish to concentrate on the religious aspects of Judaism and its relationship to the other religious traditions of the world may prefer to elect a major in religion with an emphasis on Judaism [see Religion].) Students who have studied abroad should verify the residence requirements of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Judaic studies—The following requirements must be fulfilled:
1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
2. Prerequisite: Hebr 1001-2, 2001-2.
3. Required courses for the major—31 credits consisting of Hist 3060, Rel 3201, JStd 4018-19; eight electives chosen from lists of approved courses as follows: two additional history courses, one additional religion course, two literature courses, one arts and culture course; and an additional elective either taken from study abroad or determined in consultation with the advisor. Approved courses can be found at columbian.gwu.edu/judaic/academics/major/.
Minor in Judaic studies—Prerequisite: Hebr 1001-2. Required: six courses, including one each in history, religion, and literature, and three electives chosen from lists of approved courses at columbian.gwu.edu/judaic/academics/minor/.
Special Honors—For Special Honors in Judaic studies, a major must meet the general requirements stated under University Regulations, attain a GPA of at least 3.7 in courses counted toward the major in Judaic studies and 3.3 overall, and earn a grade of A both for JStd 4018-19 and for the senior thesis. Having fulfilled these requirements, the student may then be recommended for graduation with Special Honors.
|| Senior Thesis (1-3)
|| For Judaic studies majors. JStd 4018: Students choose a topic in any major subfield of Judaic studies, select a faculty advisor who specializes in the subfield, conduct research, and produce an annotated bibliography and a proposal that previews the main arguments of the thesis. JStd 4019: Completion of the thesis and oral presentation before Judaic studies students and faculty. (Academic year)