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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Jewish Studies

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (J ST)

The Jewish Studies major addresses the culture, history, literature, philosophy, language, and religious beliefs of the Jewish people across the thousands of years from Biblical times to the present. All students in the major must complete Jewish Studies 010, an introduction to Jewish Civilization, and select from approved lists four courses that are concerned with Jewish studies across its chronological and geographical expanse. Students in the major select one of two options. The Culture and Language option is intended to provide the opportunity for an integrated course of study leading to a second baccalaureate major. This option is recommended for students planning further academic work in Jewish Studies or professional study in a related field. It requires study of Hebrew at the 400 level, and additional language study is encouraged. The Interdisciplinary option is for students who have enrolled in Jewish Studies as a secondary major. This option is recommended for students planning specialized careers within such fields as communications, social service, politics, medicine, education, or law where a knowledge of Jewish history, traditions, and institutions would be important. All students in the major are particularly encouraged to participate in a relevant internship, education abroad program, or archaeological fieldwork. Penn State students also may enroll to study abroad at a university in Israel, and up to 15 credits of related education abroad courses may be applied to requirements for the major in consultation with the adviser.

For the B.A. degree in Jewish Studies, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

ELECTIVES: 21 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 30 credits[1]
(No more than 15 credits in courses numbered 099, 199, 299, 399, or 499 may count toward the requirements for the major.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 15 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
J ST 010 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 credits in Jewish Studies in the ancient through medieval world from approved program list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in Jewish Studies from the medieval through the contemporary period from approved program list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in Jewish Studies concerned with archaeology, language and literature, history, philosophy, or religious studies in Israel from approved program list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in Jewish Studies concerned with history, language and literature, philosophy, or religious studies in the Diaspora from approved program list (Sem: 1-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 15 credits

CULTURE AND LANGUAGE OPTION: (15 credits)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 3 credits in Hebrew at the 400 level in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
Select 12 credits of courses at the 400 level from approved program list (Sem: 5-8)

INTERDISCIPLINARY OPTION: (15 credits)
(This option is to be taken only concurrently with another major.)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits at the 400 level from Jewish Studies, Hebrew, or appropriate courses in Anthropology, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, or Religious Studies from approved program list (Sem: 5-8)

 

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2004

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-06-179

Review Date: 4/13/04

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