Honors Program

Develop your scholarly talents. Enhance your writing and research skills. Engage in energetic conversations with faculty and other Honors colleagues. Apply to the Judaic Studies Honors Program!

The Honors Program in Judaic Studies includes both a two-credit fall Honors Research Seminar and a four-credit spring Judaic Studies Honors Thesis. The program is open to seniors majoring in Judaic Studies who carry a GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher. Admission to the program is by application, including a personal statement, brief writing sample, and résumé. For more information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Department Chair.

I. Two (2)-Credit Research Seminar

The Honors Research Seminar, taught by Professor Friedman, will educate students in important aspects of research methods and thesis writing. Department faculty will present on research methods and topics, including gender, orientalism, historicism, and the study of religion. Additional topics will include plagiarism, primary and secondary sources, thesis construction, interpretation, and originality.

Students will be required to make three presentations: one on the thesis topic, a second on research methods and plan, and finally a prospectus of approximately 500 - 1250 words (2 - 5 pages).

At the end of the semester, students will have developed and refined a thesis statement, abstract, and bibliography. At this point, students will be assigned a faculty advisor to guide them through the writing process for the spring course Judaic Studies Honors Thesis. The fall Honors Research Seminar will meet weekly on Wednesday from 1:10 - 2:40 in the Judaic Studies Department Seminar Room.

II Four (4)-Credit Honors Thesis

Students will research and write a substantial thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Complete drafts of the thesis will be due in early April. A final, revised thesis is due late April. Students will meet bi-weekly to review progress, present on theses, and workshop issues that arise in writing.

Students will present conference-length paper versions of their theses in late April at a Judaic Studies Department Conference, open to the public.