Programs of Study
Harpur College Requirements
Harpur College students must complete the following requirements in addition to those listed for the major:
● 126 credits
● 90 liberal arts and sciences credits
● Minimum of 6 upper-level credits
● Completion of the Harpur College writing requirement (4 to 5 courses as described in the All-College Writing section of the Harpur College Undergraduate Information section of the Bulletin. Maximum of one C/J course and 2 W courses may be transferred).
● Minimum of 44 credits in residence in Harpur College
● 2.0 or higher GPA
Harpur College requirements are described in detail in the Requirements for Graduation section of the Harpur College Undergraduate Information section of the Bulletin.
The Department of Judaic Studies offers two majors, Judaic Studies and Hebrew Studies. The Department also offers minors in Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and Israel Studies.
Judaic Studies Major
The Judaic Studies track 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 Core 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. Students may consult with faculty to create their own Area of Study.
Three Elective Courses
Any 3 courses, including language courses.
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.
Note: Depending on prior exposure to the language, HEBR 101 and 102 may be required prerequisites for the major.
Hebrew Studies Major
The Hebrew Studies major requires students to take ten courses, of which 24 credits must be at the 300-400 level.
Two core survey courses in Judaic Studies
● JUST 201 History to 1500
● JUST 202 History 1500 to Modernity
Required language sequence:
● HEBR 203 Hebrew III
● HEBR 204 Intermediate Hebrew
● HEBR 311 Texts and Conversations I
● HEBR 312 Texts and Conversations II
Four HEBR electives. Israeli literature, Yiddish language, Arabic language, and Israel Studies may be applied towards the major in consultation with the Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies
● HEBR 101 and HEBR 102 do not count toward the major but may be required as prerequisites towards the major.
● Students who place out of Hebrew language courses may substitute courses in Israeli literature, Yiddish language, Arabic language, and Israel Studies in consultation with the Chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies.
● No P/F courses may count toward the major.
● No courses with grades lower than a “C” may count toward the major.
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.
More information on our Honors Program is available here.
Judaic Studies Minor
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.
Three Area Courses
1. Relevant upper level courses may be substituted for Survey Courses.
2. Half of the courses for the minor must be at the 300 or 400 level.
3. At least 3 courses used for the minor must be taken at Binghamton University.
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.)
1. Courses in Yiddish language and literature may be counted toward the Hebrew minor.
2. 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 complements majors in Anthropology, Arabic, Art History, Comparative Literature, Geography, History, Judaic Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. Students who are pre-law or pre-health, but interested in modern Israeli history, politics, and culture, will find a home in Israel Studies.
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. For this reason, the Israel Studies minor serves students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds.
The Program of Study for the Minor in Israel Studies consists of:
● Two courses above the 102 level in either Hebrew or Arabic language or literature
● A course on the History of Modern Israel
● A course on Cultures and Societies of Modern Israel
Students may focus their work in Israel Studies in history, politics, literature, or another Area in consultation with faculty.
1. Half of the courses for the minor must be at the 300 or 400 level.
2. At least 3 courses used for the minor must be taken at Binghamton University.
3. Students who pass the test of language proficiency in either Hebrew or Arabic will be required to substitute 2 courses for the language requirement.
4. No course with a grade lower than C and no P/F courses can be counted toward the Israel Studies minor.
Accelerated Five-Year BA/MBA Program
Students have the opportunity to complete both the BA in Judaic Studies and an MBA in five years. Students should see their school advising office for questions regarding the curriculum for the undergraduate degree and the School of Management graduate advising office for questions regarding the MBA program.
Accelerated Five-Year BA/MPA Program
Students have the opportunity to complete both the BA in Judaic Studies and an MPA in five years. Please see the department of Public Administration (email@example.com) for more information on pursuing an accelerated degree.
Please see the Harpur College Bulletin for more information.