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Degree Overview

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies Degree Overview


Knowledge of Intermediate Biblical or Modern Hebrew*

*In place of biblical or modern Hebrew, interested students may substitute one of the following languages of the Jewish people: Rabbinic Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, Ladino, or Judaeo-Arabic.

A broad background in Jewish history and civilization

REQUIREMENTS (30 credit hours)

  • Focus Courses (18 credit hours)
  • Minor (6 credit hours)
  • Thesis (no credit)
  • 1 modern foreign research languageĀ (GDR requirement)

FOCUS COURSES (18 credit hours)

Graduate-level courses with a minimum of three courses from one of the following subfields of study, two of which must be text-centered, and a minimum of one course from each of two other subfields.

Area 1. Biblical Studies

Area 2. Antiquity and the Medieval World

Area 3. Modern and Contemporary Experience

Area 4. Culture, Philosophy, and Literature

MINOR (6 credit hours)

Selected from any Graduate Department of Religion or graduate field of studies and designed to complement area of specialty or methodology.

Courses other than REL are offered through the College of Arts and Science and require the completion of the Request for Permission to Receive Graduate Credit for an Undergraduate Level or Professional Course form. There must be one form per course, signed by all appropriate parties, and returned to the Jewish Studies office no later than the tenth day of classes.

University Tuition Scholarships are service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. The following graduate awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship, which usually includes student health insurance coverage: University Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Traineeships, and Teacher Training Awards.