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Jewish Studies

Faculty Administrators:

Laura Levitt, Chair of the Religion Department

Mark Leuchter, Faculty Advisor, Jewish Studies

 

Staff Administrators:


Gayle Schooley, Administrator
gaylehs@temple.edu
215-204-7210

Stephanie Morawski, Coordinator
smorawski@temple.edu

811 Anderson Hall

215-204-1644

www.temple.edu/jewishstudies

Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field that allows students to sample courses across the liberal arts curriculum at Temple University. Central to Jewish Studies is an examination of the history, culture, beliefs, customs, practices, texts, and languages of the Jewish people. It addresses the legacy of over 2,000 years of Jewish life as it has been lived in Jewish communities across the globe.  At Temple we pay particular attention to contemporary issues of Jewish culture, identity, and practice.  Students can either major or minor in Jewish Studies or do a certificate program in Jewish Secular Studies, a five-course mini-minor.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements:

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits must be taken in the Humanities Departments (English, French, German, Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (only available at our Japan campus), Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish), Art History, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education Global/World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements (33 s.h.)

Specifically Required courses:

  • Hebrew 2001 and 2002
  • Jewish Studies 4096

Other Requirements:

  • One Jewish Studies course numbered 2000-2999.
  • Two courses in Jewish Religion selected from the list below.
  • Two courses in Jewish History selected from the list below.
  • One course in Hebrew language, literature, or culture selected from the list below.

Electives in Major

  • Two electives in Jewish Studies numbered 2000-4999.  This requirement cannot double-count with any of the above requirements.

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

 

Requirements for the Major

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Language Requirement      
Hebrew 2001 Intermediate 1 3 LB
Hebrew 2002 Intermediate 2
     or
Equivalent approved by a faculty advisor
3  
*Jewish Studies 2000-2999 One course at the 2000 level 3  
         
Two Jewish Religion courses from the following list: 6  
Jewish Studies/Religion
Religion
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Religion
Jewish Studies/Religion
Political Science
Jewish Studies/Religion
3404
3405
3406
3407
3411
3411
4406
Dead Sea Scrolls
Judaism & Literature
Women in Judaism
Jews, America, & Sports
The Philosophies of Judaism
Classical Political Philosophy
Between the Torah & the Talmud
   
         
*Two Jewish History courses from the following list: 6  
Jewish Studies/History
Jewish Studies
History
Jewish Studies/History
Religion
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
History
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Religion
Jewish Studies
History
2705
2706
2706
3221
3401
3406
3571
3571
3408
4406
4896
4896
Anti-Semitism/Holocaust/Racism
Survey of Jewish History
Jewish Diaspora
Jewish Experience in America
Modern Trends in Judaism
Women in Judaism
Israel & the Arabs
Israel: History, Politics & Society
Israel in the Middle East
Between the Torah & the Talmud
Modern Jewish History
Jews, Judaism, & the Modern World



















WI
WI
         
*One course in Hebrew language, literature, or culture from the following list: 3  
Jewish Studies/Hebrew
Jewish Studies/Hebrew
Religion
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Religion
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Hebrew
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Religion
Political Science
Hebrew
Jewish Studies/Hebrew
2797
2779
3405
3406
3407
3408
3711
3250
3411
3411
2003+
3797
Jewish Humor Past & Present
Love Themes in Hebrew Literature
Judaism & Literature
Women in Judaism
Jews, America, & Sports
Israel in the Middle East
Israelis & Palestinians
Topics: Jews & Film
The Philosophies of Judaism
Classical Political Philosophy
All Hebrew language courses above 2002
Literature & Art of the Holocaust
  WI










WI
         
Jewish Studies Electives Two electives numbered 2000+ 6  
Jewish Studies 4096 Independent Study in Jewish Studies 3 WI
         
Total     33  

 

*All students must take two writing-intensive courses in their major.  In addition to Jewish Studies 4096, students must select one Jewish Studies elective that is writing-intensive.

 

Distinction in Major

Jewish Studies majors may graduate with distinction if they have a GPA of 3.5 or better in the major, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and a grade of 3.5 or better in the capstone course (4096: Individual research project with a specific faculty member, intended for majors in the final semester of coursework).

 

Sub-tracks with Concentrations in History or Religion

Interested students should consult with a Jewish Studies advisor to plan an individual program of study.

 

Requirements for the Minor

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Language Requirement      
Hebrew 2001 Intermediate I
    or
Equivalent approved by a faculty advisor
3 LB
         
Jewish Studies 2000-2999 One course at the 2000 level 3  
         
One Jewish Religion course from the following list: 3  
Jewish Studies/Religion
Religion
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Religion
Jewish Studies/Religion
Political Science
Jewish Studies/Religion
3404
3405
3406
3407
3411
3411
4406
Dead Sea Scrolls
Judaism & Literature
Women in Judaism
Jews, America, Sports
The Philosophies of Judaism
Classical Political Philosophy
Between the Torah & the Talmud
   
         
One Jewish History course from the following list: 3  
Jewish Studies/History
Jewish Studies
History
Jewish Studies/History
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
History
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Religion
Jewish Studies
History
2705
2706
2706
3221
3406
3571
3571
3408
4406
4896
4896
Anti-Semitism/Holocaust/Racism
Survey of Jewish History
Jewish Diaspora
Jewish Experience in America
Women in Judaism
Israel & the Arabs
Israel: History, Politics & Society
Israel in the Middle East
Between the Torah & the Talmud
Modern Jewish History
Jews, Judaism, & the Modern World
 








WI
WI
         
One course in Hebrew Language, Literature, or Culture from the following list: 3  
Jewish Studies/Hebrew
Jewish Studies/Hebrew
Religion
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Religion
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Hebrew
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies/Religion
Political Science
Hebrew
Jewish Studies/Hebrew
2797
2779
3405
3406
3407
3408
3711
3250
3411
3411
2003+
3797
Jewish Humor Past & Present
Love Themes in Hebrew Literature
Judaism & Literature
Women in Judaism
Jews, America, & Sports
Israel in the Middle East
Israelis & Palestinians
Topics: Jews & Film
The Philosophies of Judaism
Classical Political Philosophy
All Hebrew language courses above 2002
Literature & Art of the Holocaust
  WI










WI
         
Jewish Studies Electives Two upper-level electives 6  
         
Total     21  

 

Requirements for the Jewish Secular Studies Certificate

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies
2408

2409
Jewish Secularism/Jewish Civilization I
     or
Jewish Secularism/Jewish Civilization II

Note: If both courses are taken, one may be used as an elective below.
3  
         
Select four of the following electives: 12  
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
History
2705
3000
3085
3221
3250
3406
3411
3711
4096
4896
4896
Anti-Semitism/Holocaust/Racism
Topics in Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies Internship
Jewish Experience in America
Topics: Jews & Film
Women in Judaism
The Philosophies of Judaism
Israelis & Palestinians
Independent Study in Jewish Studies
Modern Jewish History
Jews, Judaism & the Modern World

Note: If a student takes Jewish Studies 2408 AND 2409, one may count as an elective in this category.
 







WI
WI
WI
         
Total     15  

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Hebrew 1001* Elements I 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Hebrew 1002** Elements II 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Hebrew 2001* Intermediate I (2000+ Humanities) 3 LB
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Hebrew 2002** Intermediate II (2000+ Humanities) 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Jewish Studies 2000-2999 One 2000-2999 Jewish Studies Course 3 WI+
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Jewish Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Jewish Studies Course 3  
See Above 3000+ One Jewish Religion Course From Approved List
3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
See Above 2000+ One Jewish History Course From Approved List 3  
See Above 3000+ One Jewish Religion Course From Approved List
3  
Jewish Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Jewish Studies Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
See above 2000+ One Jewish History Course From Approved List 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
See Above 2000+ One Hebrew Language, Literature, or
Culture Course From Approved List
3  
Jewish Studies 4096 Independent Study in Jewish Studies 3 WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Course typically offered only in the fall semester.
**Course typically offered only in the spring semester.
+At least one required course for the major beside 4096 must be a writing-intensive course. This course
can be either a general or an area elective.
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