Undergraduate Major Program in Judaic Studies

The undergraduate major in Judaic Studies provides a unified and cohesive major within the College of Arts and Sciences and utilizes the established resources of two other colleges. The Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies allows students to focus in three pivotal areas: Judaic Studies; Judaic Studies and Elementary Education; and Judaic Studies and Voice.

The University’s offerings in Judaic Studies are administered through the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, an endowed, academic program within the College of Arts and Sciences. Judaic Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study which focuses on the Jews and Judaism, including but not limited to, historical, linguistic, religious, sociological, political, and philosophical perspectives. The chronological scope of Judaic Studies spans the periods from the beginnings of ancient Israel through the modern Jews and modern Israel.

Bachelors of Arts in Judaic Studies - Requirements for the Major - 42 Credits
The University of Hartford offers a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies administered by the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. For those without previous background in Hebrew language, it consists of 42 credits including three required, core courses in Jewish history (9 credits) and two years of modern Hebrew (12 credits). The modern Hebrew requirement may be waived for students who demonstrate equivalent fluency. Such students will be expected to complete six additional credits in the courses below. The distribution of each category of elective courses appears in parentheses. General Education requirements must be completed according the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. With the approval of the Director, credit may be granted for selected courses given by other colleges and universities. The Department limits transfer credits for the major to eighteen (18). Courses required for the major may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required of Judaic Studies Majors for graduation.


Writing Requirement
Departmental policy requires that students in upper-level Judaic Studies courses undertake substantial written work exclusive of examinations. It is also departmental policy that oral reports may not be substituted for written work. Faculty will read, comment on, evaluate, and (if necessary) return this work for revision and reevaluation. The emphasis is on helping students learn to write effective analytical research papers.



CORE COURSES (21 credits)

HISTORY
JS 308/HIS/308/REL 308
Bible and Archaeology
JS 214/HIS/214/REL 214
Jewish History from the Exile to the Enlightenment
JS 216/HIS 216/REL 216
Modern Jewish History
LANGUAGE :
HBR 113-114
Elementary Conversational Hebrew
HBR 115-116
Hebrew Language-Intermediate I & II



ELECTIVE COURSES - Majors must take seven of the courses below (21 credits); two must be 300 or 400 level courses. No more than 4 courses (12 credits) may be taken in non-JS courses.


General
JS 215/HIS 215/REL 215
An Introduction to World Religions
Bible (Minimum: 1 course)
JS 306/HIS/306/POL 306/SOC 306
Archaeology of the Land of Israel.
JS 307/HIS 307/POL/SOC 307
Archaeological Field Methods Material Culture
(Winter and Summer Terms)
JS 341/ENG 341/REL 341
The Bible and Literature
JS 415/HIS 415/REL 415
The Hebrew Prophets
SOC 338
Archaeology
History (Minimum: 2 courses)
JS 210/HIS 210/REL 210
Responses to the Holocaust
JS 228/HIS 228/REL 228
American Jewish History
JS 229/HIS 229/ PSY 229/POL 209
The Holocaust
JS 336/HIS 336
The Arabs and Israel
HIS 310
Civilization in the Ancient World
HIS 315
The Muslim World 632-1798
HIS 335
The Muslim World Since 1798


These courses require HIS 100 or HIS 101 as prerequisites. HIS 100 is a required course within the General Education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
HBR 113-114 may also be used to fulfill the two-semester foreign language Basic Literacy requirement of the General Education requirements

Religious Thought and Philosophy
JS 317/HIS 317/REL 317
The Talmud: Its History and Literary Development
JS 318/HIS 318/ PHI 318/REL 318
Maimonides in Historical Context
PHI 232/PHB 232
Biomedical Ethics
PHI 282
Classical Philosophy: Greece and Rome
PHI 340/REL 352
Philosophy of Religion
Literature (Minimum 1 course)
JS 315/ENG 315/ILC 315
Yiddish literature in Translation I
JS 316/ENG 316/ILC 316
Yiddish literature in Translation II
JS 324/ENG 324/ILC 324
Modern European Jewish literature
JS 325/ENG 325
American Jewish Novel
General Elective Courses
JS 205/HIS 205/REL 205/SOC 205
Israel: History and Society
HBR 227-228
Hebrew Language: Advanced I-II
JS 190, 191, 290, 291, 390,391
Special Topics in Judaic Studies
JS 380, 381
Independent Study in Judaic Studies
SOC 381/WS 381
Women in Society


The following courses have been previously approved as Special Topics courses and may be offered as Special Topics or permanent courses in the future:

  • Ashkenazic Jewry to 1648
  • Christian-Jewish Relations
  • Jewish History in East Europe to 1939
  • Post World War 11 Italian-Jewish Literature U.S. Immigration History
  • Works of I. B. Singer
  • Yiddish Language I & II

Requirements for the Minor – 18 Credits
The minor in Judaic Studies requires 18 credits, three required courses and nine credits of electives. Students must meet prerequisites for courses listed in the minor. See course descriptions of electives under departmental listings. Courses required for the minor may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required of Judaic Studies Minors for graduation. With the approval of the Director, credit may be granted for selected courses given by other colleges or universities. The Department limits transfer credits for the minor to nine (9).