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Jewish Studies BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 03.00 AREA STUDIES UNCLASSIFID, CIP: 38.0206 Jewish/ Judaic Studies)

Department of Jewish Thought

712 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261-0026

Noam Pines

Alexandra Zirkle
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Jewish Studies BA Program

Academic Requirements

All undergraduate majors include at least 24-credit hours at the upper division (at least 300-level).

Transfer Credit Policy

See the TAURUS website for transfer course articulation.

Prerequisite Courses

Required Courses

Required Courses 12 credit hours

One course (3 credits) from the Bible and Talmud area list*:

  • JDS 210 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • JDS 265 Readings in the Hebrew Bible
  • JDS 267 Ancient Western Wisdom
  • JDS 283 The Holocaust and Jewish Law
  • JDS 284 Justice in Bibles, Law, and Philosophy
  • JDS 354 Interpreting the Old Testament: the Great Jewish Commentators
  • JDS 360 Midrash: Rabbinic Exegesis
  • JDS 361 Responsa Literature
  • JDS 382 Topics in Talmudic Law

One course (3 credits) from the Ethics area list*:

  • JDS 204 Introduction to Jewish Ethics
  • JDS 396 Science and Politics in Jewish Thought

Students must earn a 2.500 (C+) in JDS 103 and a 2.000 (C) or better in each of the three additional required courses.

Six JDS electives 18 credit hours

Six additional Jewish Studies courses at the 300/400 level, including a 400-level Special Topics seminar that will serve as a “Capstone Seminar.” Relevant courses from other universities – American or International – will be considered on a case by case basic for credit in Jewish Studies. Summer internships will also be considered.

Language Requirement 0-20 credit hours

Two years of Hebrew language or one year of Hebrew language and one year of either French, German, Italian, Arabic, Aramaic or Yiddish. See advisor for waivers of this requirement.**

*At least one course (3) credits from the Bible and Talmud or Ethics areas must be taken at the 300/400 level.

**Students are required to complete 4 language courses unless waived by the Department based on placement results or demonstrated proficiency. If the language requirement is waived because of proven proficiency, the student will be required to take 6 additional credit hours of electives in Jewish Studies (JDS).

UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Jewish Studies BA degree
Credits Required for Major36-46***
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 34-44***
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

*** The bachelor’s degree requires 120 credits total, therefore the number of major and additional electives required will vary based on the number of language credits needed.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:39