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Judaic Studies: Undergraduate Programs

Overview: 

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies serves undergraduate students in diverse ways, emphasizing courses and other learning opportunities for those students who major and minor in the Judaic Studies Bachelor of Arts degree.  The flexible major and minor reflect disciplinary principles and trends, while allowing each student the opportunity to craft an individualized program of study.  The departmental Academic Program Review (2005) provides additional information and is on file in Marshall 420, 845 N. Park Ave., Tucson, AZ.

Student outcomes assessment activities include: 1) evaluations by undergraduate students (senior exit survey, focus group discussions, and one-on-one interviews); and, 2) evaluations by alumni (surveys and one-on-one interactions). 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 


Lifetime Learning Outcomes

Lifetime Learning Outcomes encourage undergraduate students to acquire skills necessary for a lifetime of learning and success as informed citizens living in multicultural local, national and global societies.

·        Develop a personal commitment to lifetime learning that seeks knowledge, the ability to evaluate data from diverse sources, and the wisdom to know how best to respond to that data in order to solve problems and improve the human condition

·        Communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing

·        Attain skills necessary for independent thought and learning

·        Contribute to the formulation and implementation of effective political, economic and social policy by developing an informed and sophisticated understanding of how cultures work

·        Foster a lifelong commitment to the mastery of knowledge necessary for well-functioning citizens of our local, national and international world

  

Academic Achievement Outcomes

Academic Achievement Outcomes expect undergraduate students to become proficient in Hebrew and in the wide range of fields that comprise Judaic Studies. 

·        Understand major themes in Judaic Studies, with special emphasis on the historical and contemporary creation, transmission and contextualized nature of Jewish texts, traditions, identities and cultural artifacts

·        Attain competency in Modern Hebrew

·        Acquire awareness of the major contributions Jews and Judaism have made to history and societies, the place of Jews and Judaism in the larger world, relations between Jews and non-Jews globally, and the place of Israel in Judaism and in the world at-large

·        Formulate complex ideas based on empirical analysis and use them to create cogent arguments about the past, present, and future cultures and societies, articulated in appropriate written and oral discourse

·        Become familiar with various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (such as Near Eastern philology, archaeology, history, literary criticism, political science, philosophy and more) as they approach the subject of Judaica

·        Prepare for graduate study and/or for a satisfying professional career 

  

Personal Enrichment Outcomes

Personal Enrichment Outcomes address attitudinal issues and personal values. Judaic Studies encourages undergraduate students to participate in a wide range of professional, social service, business and educational activities.  This is an expression of a life-long commitment to the various fields of Judaic Studies and to the communities that students and alumni serve.  They can be achieved through the following: 

·        Interacting with faculty members, staff and peers in both academic and social settings

·        Engaging in service, work and research opportunities with campus and community organizations and businesses (including social service organizations, educational organizations, UA Hillel, Jewish Federations and their affiliates, interfaith organizations, schools, local chapters of academic societies, religious institutions, academic organizations, campus student groups, and more)

·        Participating in cultural events on campus and in the community

·        Utilizing education and skills to assist others in areas of personal interest and education

 

Hebrew Program

Hebrew Program Outcomes

The Modern Hebrew Program emphasizes all facets of the language: comprehension, speech, reading, and writing.  It offers three course levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.  The goal of the program is to provide students with the tools needed to effectively read, comprehend and write, and to speak with native Hebrew speakers. 

The Biblical Hebrew program offers students two years of Biblical Hebrew.  Students learn to read prose and poetry, and to utilize those critical resources necessary for continued learning and Bible study.

Hebrew Program Assessment

In addition to Judaic Studies' ongoing assessment activities, assessment activities for the Modern Hebrew Program include: 

·        Goal determination surveys of all incoming students

·        Placement tests administered to incoming students wishing to enroll in advanced level courses

·        In-class quizzes, tests, midterms and final exams administered to all students for each level 

·        Oral evaluations performed during class sessions and toward the end of each course

·        Review of outcomes for all students and all classes, to ensure identical level of progression across courses and instructors

·        Progression from one level to the next based on satisfactory demonstration of competency in the studied material; this determination is based on performing at an acceptable level (not lower than a "C" grade) in each course and credit-by-exam test.

·        Judaic Studies Hebrew Program assessment meets assessment standards of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew

Assessment Activities: 


Results of Regular or Recurring Activities

Findings and changes made on the basis of assessment activities guide improvements in curriculum and teaching..  Outcomes include changes to the Hebrew Program, more opportunities for research and professional training, increased scholarship awards, enhanced special events, more effective communication with the College Advising Offices, and the initiation of Graduate Certificate Programs.

Ongoing Assessment Activities

 

  • Course-based assessments
  • Qualitative evaluations by faculty
  • Senior exit surveys
  • Focus groups and one-on-one interviews
  • Regular meetings with the Judaic Studies Undergraduate Advisor
  • One-on-one interactions with alumni
Updated date: Thu, 01/06/2011 - 15:03