Curric. Chart

Programs of Study 

The Department of Judaic Studies offers a number of degrees:
Major in Judaic Studies
Minor in Judaic Studies, Israel Studies, Religious Studies, and Hebrew.
Please see the Harpur College Bulletin for official information about degree requirements.

Program of Study Chart
Major and Minor Checklist

Major in Judaic Studies

The Judaic Studies major requires students to take at least ten courses, of which at least five are taken at the 300-400 level and at least five have to be taken at Binghamton University. The distribution of the required courses is as follows:

ONE INTRODUCTORY COURSE

•  JUST 101 Introduction to Judaic Studies

* JUST 111 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion and RELG 101 World Religions may be substituted for JUST 101.

TWO SURVEY COURSES

•  JUST 201 History to 1500

•  JUST 202 History 1500 to Modernity

* Relevant upper level courses may be substituted for Survey Courses.

FOUR AREA COURSES

Students focus their coursework in an Area of their choosing, in consultation with faculty.

Possible Areas of Study include Jewish History, philosophy, Jewish social justice, communal service, Sephardi studies, Holocaust studies, Yiddish language and culture, Jewish literature and culture, Hebrew, Israel studies, American Judaism, and others.

THREE ELECTIVE COURSES

Any 3 courses, including language courses.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Students must complete coursework in Hebrew or Yiddish through the 203 level.

Students who have not met their General Education foreign language requirement are advised to take

Hebrew or Yiddish.

* Courses in these languages above the 203 level may be counted toward the Major.

Honors

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 area courses.

Notes:

1. At least four courses must be at the 300-400 level.

2. No course with a grade lower than C and no P/F courses can be counted toward the Judaic Studies major. 

Minor in Judaic Studies

The Judaic Studies minor requires that a student take at least six courses. Students minoring in Judaic

Studies must take:

• Introduction to Judaic Studies and two Survey courses, or

• Three Survey Courses

and

• Three Area Courses

Minor in Hebrew

The Hebrew minor requires that a student take at least six courses. Only courses above HEBR 102 count toward the minor. At least two of the courses have to be in the 300-400 level. At least two of the courses have to be taken at Binghamton University.

(Students interested in a Hebrew major should discuss the minor requirements with the Hebrew Language coordinator, the Judaic Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies, or the Chair.)

* Courses in Yiddish language and literature may be counted toward the Hebrew minor.

* No course with a grade lower than C and no P/F courses can be counted toward the Hebrew minor.

Israel Studies Minor

The minor in Israel Studies will provide students with the knowledge and multidisciplinary skills to critically examine Israeli history, politics, and culture. Israel provides a case study in the sociology of multi-ethnic and multi-religious relations, as well as international and multilateral conflict and conflict resolution.

The Program of Study for the Minor in Israel Studies consists of:

• 2 courses above the 102 level in either Hebrew or Arabic language

• A course on the History of Modern Israel

• A course on The Cultures of Modern Israel

Students will focus their work in Israel Studies in history, politics, and literature.

Minors at Binghamton University require six 4-credit courses (24 credits).

Notes:

Half of the courses for the minor must be at the 300 or 400 level.

A minimum of four courses (16 credits) must be independent of any other major or minor. So, only two courses can overlap with a major or a different minor.

At least 3 courses used for the minor must be taken at Binghamton University.

Students who pass the test of language proficiency in either Hebrew or Arabic will be required to substitute 2 courses for the language requirement.

Program of  Studies for Students Entering Before Fall 2016

Note: Students may choose to adjust their Banner Year to follow the new Program of Study. For help, please contact Professor Friedman.

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.

Download the Judaic Studies Academic Planning Guide here.

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.

Language Proficiency

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.

MINOR

Judaic Studies

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.

HONORS

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.


Please see the Harpur College Bulletin for more information.

 

Last Updated: 4/2/17