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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Jewish Studies

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

The Jewish Studies major provides broad inquiry into the histsory, culture, society, literature, philosophy, politics, language, and religious beliefs of the Jewish people from Biblical times to the present. By nature interdisciplinary, and emphazing critical thinking and global engagement, the Jewish Studies major is flexiible and adabptable to a wide variety of coruses of study. Students in the major must complete a total of thirty (30) credits, at least fifteen (15) of which must be at the 400-level. No more than eight (8) credits of Hebrew may count toward the 30-credit total. All students in the major must complete Jewish Studies 010, an introduction to Jewish Civilization, and select from approved lists or in consultation wtih the Driector three courses that address Jewish studies across its history: one course in Jewish Studies of the Ancient through the Medieval periods, one course in Jewish Studies of the Early Modern through the Contemporary periods, and one course in Jewish Studies of the Diaspora. All students in the major are particularly encouraged to participate in a relevant internships, education abroad programs, and/or archaeological fieldwork for which course credits and scholarships are available. Penn State students also may enroll to study abroad at a university in Israel, and up to 15 credits of related education abroad courses in any country 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]
(15 of these must be at the 400-level. No more than 15 credits in courses numbered 099, 199, 299, 399, or 499 may count toward the requirements for the major.)

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

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (27 credits)
Select 3 credits in Jewish Studies in the Ancient Period through Medieval Period from approved program list or in consultaton with the director (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in Jewish Studies from the Early Modern Period through the Contemporary period from approved program list or in consultation with the director (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in Jewish Studies concerned with Jewish culture in Diaspora from approved program list or in consultation with the director (Sem: 1-8)

(No more than 8 credits of Hebrew Language courses may count toward the requirements for the major)

Select 18 credits from Jewish Studies, Hebrew, or appropriate courses in Anthropology, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Compartative Literature, English, 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 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-02-030

Review Date: 10/7/2014

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