Jewish Studies : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor

Advisement

Contact the Jewish Studies undergraduate advisor, Prof. Aaron Hughes, at aaronhug@buffalo.edu. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students should be able to complete the program in about two years.

Jewish Studies - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Successful completion of the prerequisite courses with the required minumum grades or higher.

Prequisite Courses

Minimum grade of C+ in JDS 103 Introduction to Judaism
Two other courses in Jewish Studies (may include Hebrew) with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses

Core Courses
JDS 229 Medieval Judaism
One course in area of Bible and Talmud - choose from: JDS 210, JDS 253, JDS 254, JDS 260, JDS 261, JDS 265, JDS 267, JDS 283, JDS 284, JDS 382, JDS 384
One course in area of Ethics - choose from JDS 204, JDS 253, JDS 396
Students must earn a 2.0 (C) or better in each of the three required courses.

Required Electives
Five additional Jewish Studies courses, including a 400-level Special Topics seminar that will serve as a Capstone Seminar.

Foreign Language Requirement
Two years of Hebrew language; or one year of Hebrew language and one year of either French, German, Italian, Arabic, Aramaic or Yiddish. See an advisor for waivers of this requirement. If the language requirement is waived because of demonstrated proficiency, the student will be required to take 6 additional credit hours of electives in Jewish Studies.

Summary
Total credit hours required for the major...33-47

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall JDS 103 Intro to Judaism
Spring JDS 229 Medieval Judaism, JDS core course (Bible/Talmud)

SECOND YEAR
Fall HEB 101, JDS core course (ethics)
Spring HEB 102, JDS elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall HEB 201 (or another language), JDS elective
Spring HEB 202 (or another language), JDS elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall JDS elective
Spring JDS capstone seminar

Jewish Studies - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0

Advising Notes

Contact the Jewish Studies undergraduate advisor, Prof. Aaron Hughes, at aaronhug@buffalo.edu. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Required Courses

18 credits that must include the following:
JDS 103 Introduction to Judaism
JDS 229 Medieval Judaism
4 other JDS courses or courses from other departments with approved Jewish Studies content (may include 2 Hebrew language courses)
At least 2 courses must be at the 300- or 400-level

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:30 EST