Jul 14, 2024  
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025 
    
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025

Interdisciplinary Major - Jewish Studies


Universal Curriculum Requirements


To be awarded a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, students are required to complete universal curriculum requirements in addition to the program requirements provided below. The school universal curriculum requirements can be found on the school Degree Programs page .

Requirements for Major


Students who have taken two Jewish Studies classes are eligible to apply for the Jewish Studies Major Program. There is no grade requirement. The application materials include a transcript, a recommendation by one Jewish Studies faculty advisor, and brief written statement of interest. 

The Major in Jewish Studies requires 10 courses (30 credit hours). 

The core of the major in Jewish Studies is a close relationship between the student and two faculty advisors. Working with their faculty advisors, students design a course of study that fulfills the Jewish Studies requirements, provides disciplinary rigor, and addresses the student’s academic interests and career plans. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required but encouraged.  Students are expected to complete language study appropriate to their particular program, as approved by their advisors.

Core Course Requirements


Students will select two courses from the below list of eligible core courses.

Distribution Requirements


Two courses, one each from two of the following three categories, as approved by their advisors, in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

  1. History and Society
  2. Belief and Thought
  3. Language, Literature and Culture (Note: A 3000- level Hebrew course can be counted toward the “Language and Literature”)

Topics Requirements


Students will select two courses in their specific topic area of interest, as approved by their advisors: e.g. a student with an interest in Jewish History will need two courses in that area; a student interested in Jewish Thought will likewise require two courses in Jewish Thought; and so on for Literature, Scripture Studies, etc. (Note: the topics will typically be more specific that the categories listed above for the Distribution Requiremnets). 

Two topics courses in the area of their specific major concentration, as approved by their advisors: e.g. a student with a concentration in Jewish History will need two courses in that area; a student of Jewish Thought will likewise require two courses in Jewish Thought; and so on for Literature, Scriptural Studies, etc. (Note: the topics will typically be more specific than the categories listed above for the Distribution Requirements).

Electives


Students will take three electives in a field related to their topic, as approved by their advisor. A student focusing on Jewish Thought Spinoza may, for instance, be advised to take an additional course in modern Jewish History or a course on Maimonides or a related course on Enlightenment philosophy. 

Capstone


Students will take one 4000-level class selected in consultation with their advisors and relevant to their program of study.

 

Requirements for Minor


The minor shall consist of 6 courses. Three courses must be at 3000-level or above. 


Student’s must select one course from the following three categories (listed above) as approved by the minor advisor:  

  • History and Society
  • Belief and Thought
  • Language, Literature and Culture 

Electives


Three additional courses selected as electives in conjunction with the minor advisor.

Distinguished Majors Program in Jewish Studies


The Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) in Jewish Studies affords qualified students the opportunity to do advanced research, and to receive, at graduation, the honor of distinction, high distinction or highest distinction. 

Entry into the Program


Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Distinguished Majors Program.

  1. Students qualify for the program if they have achieved an average of 3.400 in all university coursework as well as in all major course work prior to application for the program.
  2. Application should be made to the Director of the Jewish Studies Distinguished Majors Program.
  3. Admission into the program will be considered by the program’s Committee on Curricular Issues, and the Director of the Distinguished Majors Program.

Requirements for Completion of the Program


  1. Completion of the Hebrew language requirement (minimum of two semesters) and all major requirements (30 credits).
  2. Students must enroll in JWST 4970 (directed reading; 3 credits) in the fall semester and JWST 4980 (writing; 3 credits) in the spring semester. These courses are in addition to the 30 required credits and the Hebrew language requirement.
  3. Students are responsible for selecting two members from the Jewish Studies faculty to serve as committee members; one member shall serve as the primary reader and chair.
  4. The thesis shall be thirty to fifty pages in length.

Distinguished Majors Thesis


Additional Information


For more information contact James Loeffler, Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies, PO BOX 400286, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4286; (434) 924-6408; jbl6w@virginia.edu