Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 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. The specific courses required for this major are JST 4096 and one additional Jewish Studies elective that is writing-intensive.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

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 (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, 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.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (33 credits):

Language Requirement
HEBR 2001Intermediate I3
HEBR 2002Intermediate II (or equivalent approved by a faculty advisor)3
Jewish Studies course at the 2000 level 13
Jewish Religion
Select two of the following:6
JST/REL 3404
Dead Sea Scrolls
REL 3405
Judaism and Literature
JST 3406
Women in Judaism
JST/REL 3407
Jews, America and Sports
JST/REL 3411
The Philosophies of Judaism
POLS 3411
Classical Political Philosophy
JST/REL 4406
Ancient Judaism
Jewish History
Select two of the following: 16
JST 2706
Jewish Diaspora/Survey of Jewish History
HIST 2706
Jewish Diaspora
Jewish Experience in America
REL 3401
Modern Trends in Judaism
JST 3406
Women in Judaism
JST 3571
Israel, History, Politics and Society
HIST 3571
Israel: History, Politics and Society
JST 3408
Israel in the Middle East
JST/REL 4406
Ancient Judaism
Hebrew language, literature or culture
Select one of the following: 13
Jewish Humor Past and Present
Love Themes in Hebrew Literature
REL 3405
Judaism and Literature
JST 3406
Women in Judaism
JST/REL 3407
Jews, America and Sports
JST 3408
Israel in the Middle East
Israelis and Palestinians
JST 3250
Topics: Jews & Film
JST/REL 3411
The Philosophies of Judaism
POLS 3411
Classical Political Philosophy
Any Hebrew language course above 2002
Literature and Art of the Holocaust
Select two Jewish Studies Electives numbered 2000+6
JST 4096Independent Study in Jewish Studies3
Total Credit Hours33

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

Students interested in a history or religion focus should consult with a Jewish Studies advisor to plan an individual program of study. 

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 (JST 4096, an individual research project with a specific faculty member, intended for majors in the final semester of coursework).