Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies

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 are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • 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 Graduation 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, Italian, 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
Dead Sea Scrolls
Judaism and Literature
Women in Judaism
Jews, America and Sports
The Philosophies of Judaism
Classical Political Philosophy
Ancient Judaism
Jewish History
Select two of the following: 16
Anti-Semitism/Holocaust/Racism
Jewish Diaspora/Survey of Jewish History
Jewish Diaspora
Jewish Experience in America
Modern Trends in Judaism
Women in Judaism
Israel, History, Politics and Society
Israel: History, Politics and Society
Israel in the Middle East
Ancient Judaism
Hebrew language, literature or culture
Select one of the following: 13
Jewish Humor Past and Present
Love Themes in Hebrew Literature
Judaism and Literature
Women in Judaism
Jews, America and Sports
Israel in the Middle East
Israelis and Palestinians
Topics: Jews & Film
The Philosophies of Judaism
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
1

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). 

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
HEBR 1001Elements I [LA]14
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
HEBR 1002Elements II [LA]24
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
HEBR 2001Intermediate I [LB]3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
HEBR 2002Intermediate II23
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
One 2000-2999 Jewish Studies Course33
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
One 2000+ Jewish Studies Course3
One Jewish Religion Course From Approved List3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
One Jewish History Course From Approved List3
One Jewish Religion Course From Approved List3
One 2000+ Jewish Studies Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
One Jewish History Course From Approved List3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
One Hebrew Language, Literature or Culture Course From Approved List3
JST 4096Independent Study in Jewish Studies [WI]3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

Course typically offered only in the fall semester.

2

Course typically offered only in the spring semester.

3

At least one required course for the major besides JST 4096 must be a writing-intensive course. This course can be either a general or an area elective.