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Judaic Studies

Overview: 

Judaic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that fosters the study of the language, history, religion, culture and literature of Judaism and the Jews.  Fields of study include the Hebrew Bible; classical, medieval, and modern Judaism; Jewish history; diverse Jewish cultures; ancient and modern Hebrew language and literature; the contributions of Jews and Judaism to the world at-large; relations between Jews and non-Jews; the place of Israel in Judaism and in the larger world; and, the creation, transmission and contextualized nature of Jewish texts, traditions and cultural artifacts.  The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies serves its students in diverse ways.  It offers a wide range of intellectually challenging courses, fosters collegial dialogue between students and faculty, provides students with skills necessary for post-baccalaureate success, and emphasizes the Judaic principles of love of learning and commitment to tikkun olam, improving the world.

Judaic Studies offers its majors a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Students choose from one of three concentrations: History; Language and Literature; or, Religion and Culture.  All majors are required to complete the introductory Jewish Civilization: A Gateway Course, and to demonstrate fourth semester proficiency in Modern Hebrew.  Judaic Studies minors are required to complete the introductory Jewish Civilization: A Gateway Course and may concentrate on Hebrew or on Traditional or Judaica programs.  More information about our program is available at: http://judaic.arizona.edu.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Students who successfully complete the Judaic Studies major are able to:

1. Think critically by evaluating information from different perspectives, drawing reasonable conclusions, and defending the conclusions rationally;

2. Communicate effectively orally and in writing;

3. Apply disciplinary knowledge, solve problems, and make creative contributions in their chosen fields of study and professional endeavor;

4. Exercise intellectual curiosity and flexibility when exposed to diverse opinions, new ideas and complex societal problems;

5. Recognize the importance of personal participation in the advancement of their community and in society at-large, and actively participate in that advancement;

6. Negotiate the world in a second world language, Hebrew.

Updated date: Thu, 03/29/2012 - 09:42