Program of Study
MAJOR (pdf chart of Program of Study)
The Judaic Studies major requires students to take at least ten courses of which at least five are taken at the 300-400 level.
The distribution of the required courses is as follows:
Three Core Courses
These have to be in at least three of the following periods
(a) Ancient (origins to 539 BCE)
(b) Between the Persians and Islam (to 636 CE)
(c) Medieval (to 14th century)
(d) Renaissance and Early Modern (to 18th century)
(e) Modern (to the present)
* Two of the three courses must be taken at Binghamton University. This residency requirement can be adjusted by the Judaic Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies on a case-by-case basis.
* Two of the courses must be in History.
* The third course can be in any of the humanities or social science disciplines or/and topical as long as the topic is situated historically.
* All three courses must be (a) Judaic Studies courses, or (b) cross-listed in Judaic Studies, or (c) approved by a Judaic Studies advisor.
Four Area Courses (click here for .pdf description of Areas of Study)
These are courses that cluster together to form an area of study of the student’s choice.
Areas must be formulated in consultation with and approved by the Judaic Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Areas of Study include but are not limited to Jewish Communal Service, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, Holocaust Studies, Literature and Culture, and Individually Designed.
* Area courses are additional to core, language proficiency, and elective courses.
* At least 2 of the area courses have to be in the 300-400 level and taken at Binghamton University. (The residency part of this requirement can be adjusted by the Judaic Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies on a case-by-case basis.)
* At least three of the four courses have to be (a) Judaic Studies courses, or (b) cross-listed in Judaic Studies, or (c) approved by a Judaic Studies advisor. The fourth courses can be outside of Judaic Studies and has to be approved by a Judaic Studies advisor.
Either (a) HEBR 204 or (b) HEBR 203 and a Yiddish course. If one places out of the language proficiency requirement, one has to take an additional elective.
Three Elective Courses
These can be any 2 courses at the 300-400 level either (a) in Judaic Studies or (b) cross-listed in Judaic Studies, including language courses. They can but do not have to augment a student's area of study. At least one elective course has to be taken at Binghamton University.
The Judaic Studies minor requires that a student take at least six courses. Students minoring in Judaic Studies have to take (a) two core courses, (b) three area courses, and (c) a language proficiency course, using the same pattern specified for the major. Students may substitute a sixth course for (c).
No course with a grade lower than C- and no P/F courses can be counted toward the Judaic Studies major or the Judaic Studies minors.
Judaic Studies majors can pursue honors in Judaic Studies. Honors work is pursued during the first semester of one’s senior year.
It consists of the pursuit of an independent research and writing program in consultation with a faculty member and requires the writing of a substantial paper. To be eligible for honors work students should have an overall GPA of 3.5 and complete six of the required Judaic Studies courses with an average GPA of at least 3.6. Of the completed courses at least two should be core courses and two should be area courses.
For students who entered Harpur prior to 2011-2012, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.Please see the Harpur College Bulletin for more information.