Jewish Studies

 

In addition to coursework in Jewish Studies, undergraduate students may also earn a major or minor in Jewish Studies.
 

Jewish Studies Major

 

Jewish Studies is the exploration of the history, languages, philosophy, and literature of the Jewish people. A variety of courses are offered at all levels in Hebrew language and literature, Yiddish language and literature, Jewish history, rabbinics, Jewish philosophy, and occasional offerings in a variety of other fields. Jewish studies prepares students for further study in the humanities as well as employment in state and local government, religious organizations, social agencies, teaching, business and the arts.

To declare a Jewish Studies Major, Minor, or Jewish Oral History Minor, please fill out your personal information and any classes you have taken on this form [pdf] and submit to Thomas Beyl, beyl.1@osu.edu

Hebrew Language Prerequisite

 

  • Hebrew 1101: 4 credits or equivalent Elementary Hebrew
  • Hebrew 1102: 4 credits or equivalent Elementary Hebrew
  • Hebrew 1103: 4 credits or equivalent Intermediate Hebrew

Jewish Thought and Practice

 

6 credits required. Select two courses

  • JS 2201: 3 credits Introduction to Jewish Culture Thought and Practice
  • Philo 3111: 3 credits Introduction to Jewish Philosophy
  • Philo 3351: 3 credits Judaism and Ethics
  • Philo 3870: 3 credits Jewish Mysticism
  • Philo 5870: 3 credits Topics in Jewish Philosophy
  • Hebrew 2210: 3 credits The Jewish Mystical Tradition
  • Hebrew 2216: 3 credits The Medieval Jewish Experience

Hebrew Language & Literature

 

7 semester credits required; courses must be beyond the 1103 level in the original language.

Jewish History: 9 credits required

Two courses must be from the list below; the third can be any Jewish history course.

  • History 2450: 3 credits Ancient and Medieval Jewish History, 300 BCE-1100 CE
  • History 2451: 3 credits Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, 700-1700 CE
  • History 2452: 3 credits Modern Jewish History, 1700 to Present
  • History 3450: 3 credits History of Ancient Israel (to 300 BCE)

Jewish Study Electives

 

9 semester credits required*

*6 credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above. Group Studies, Internships and Research may be applied toward the elective requirement. JS 2194, 4191, 4998, 4998H, 4999, 4999H, and 5194 are limited to three semester credit hours. Hours for JS 5797 and additional Elective courses in Jewish Studies can be selected in consultation with the director of the Jewish Studies Program.

Total Semester Credit Hours required for Jewish Studies Major: 31

To declare a Jewish Studies Major, please fill out your personal information and any classes you have taken on this form [pdf] and submit to Thomas Beyl, beyl.1@osu.edu.

Jewish Studies Minor

Jewish Thought and Practice

 

3 semester credits required. Select one course from the following:

  • JS 2201: Introduction to Jewish Culture Thought and Practice
  • Philosophy 3111: Introduction to Jewish Philosophy
  • Philosophy 3351: Judaism and Ethics
  • Philosophy 3870: Jewish Mysticism
  • Philosophy 5870: Topics in Jewish Philosophy
  • Hebrew 2210: The Jewish Mystical Tradition
  • Hebrew 2216: The Medieval Jewish Experience

Hebrew or Yiddish

 

6 semester credits required at the 2700 level or above in any combination of the two languages.

Jewish History

 

3 semester credits required. Students may select one course from the following:

  • History 2450: Ancient and Medieval Jewish History, 300 BCE-1100 CE
  • History 2451: Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, 700-1700 CE
  • History 2452: Modern Jewish History 1700-Present
  • History 3450: History of Ancient Israel (to 300 BCE)

Jewish Study Electives

 

3 semester credits required.

Elective courses in Jewish Studies can be selected from the approved list of courses in German, Hebrew, History, History of Art, Jewish Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Political Science, and Yiddish. Course selections should be made in consultation with the Director of the Jewish Studies Program. In addition, no more than 3 credits of JS 4489, JS 4498, JS 4998, JS 4998H, JS 4999, JS 4999H, JS 5797, or JS 2194/5194 may be used to meet the elective requirement.

Total semester credit hours required for Jewish Studies Minor: 15

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