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Bornblum Judaic Studies

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Bornblum Judaic Studies is granted through University College and the program is administered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bornblum Judaic Studies explores the experience of the Jewish people within the contexts of world cultures. Non-theological in its orientation, it provides students the opportunity to study related areas, including the history of the Jewish people, the structures and politics of Jewish communities, the Hebrew and Arabic languages, and the religious, intellectual, and aesthetic traditions of the Jewish people.


A. General Education (35-41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements. Students who have completed one year of American History in high school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.


Hebrew Language Core (12 hours):
HEBR 1010 - Elementary Hebrew I
HEBR 1020 - Elementary Hebrew II
HEBR 2010 - Intermediate Hebrew I
HEBR 2020 - Intermediate Hebrew II

Religious Studies Core (3 hours):
JDST 2850 - Religions of Abraham

C. UPPER DIVISION CORE (select 6 hours from the following courses)

HIST 3275 - History of Jewish People
JDST 3601 - Judaism
JDST 3801 - Jewish Thought I

Choose at least 3 hours from each Jewish Heritage and Israel

Jewish Heritage (Choose two or three):
ENGL 4461 - Bible as Literature
HIST 3275 - History of Jewish People
JDST 3661 - Old Testament
JDST 4841 - Biblical Archaeology
JDST 4671 - Jewish Literary Text
JDST 3802 - Jewish Thought II
JDST 4801 - Jewish Mysticism

Israel (Choose one or two):
JDST 4820 - Political History of Israel
JDST 4830 - Israeli/Arab Conflict
JDST 4840 - Israel/Antiquity in Modernity

With the permission of the Director of Bornblum Judaic Studies, students may substitute the following courses for two courses listed under C, or they may be used as part of the electives listed below:

JDST 4700-4799 - Special Topics
JDST 4990 - Independent Study


ANTH 4253 - Anthropology of Religion
ARTH 4121 - Ancient Art Near East
HIST 4272 - Modern Middle East
HIST 4320 - Ancient Near East
PHIL 3701 - Human and the Diving
POLS 3102 - Religion and Politics
SOCI 3860 - Sociology of Religion


UNIV 35xx, 45xx; it is recommended that two of the following courses be taken to complete the Thematic Studies requirement:

UNIV 3581 - Faith/Reason/Imagination
JDST 4511 - Holocaust Studies

G. Special Project (6 or 9 Hours)

UNIV 4995 - Senior Project

Judaic Studies Minor

The minor in Judaic Studies is designed to provide students in any department in the University with a sense of the origins and foundations of Western values and traditions. There is no Hebrew language requirement for the minor.


A. Lower Division Core (3 hours):
JDST 2850 - Religions of Abraham

B. Upper Division Core (3 hours):
JDST 3801 - Jewish Thought I
JDST3802 - Jewish Thought II

C. Upper Division Electives (6 hours):
Jewish Heritage (3 hours):
UNIV 3580 - Hebrew and Greek Legacy
JDST 4671 - Jewish Literary Texts
JDST4511 - Holocaust Studies
Israel (3 hours):
JDST 4820 - Political History of Israel
JDST 4830 - Israeli/Arab Conflict
JDST 4840 - Israel/Antiquity in Modernity

D. General Electives (6 hours)

ARTH 4121 - Ancient Art Near East
POLS 3102 - Religion and Politics
UNIV 3580 - Hebrew and Greek Legacy
SOCI 3860 - Sociology of Religion
ENGL 4461- Bible as Literature

With the permission of the Director of Bornblum Judaic Studies, students may substitute up to two courses in any category listed above. Such courses will have substantial Judaic Studies content.