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Judaic Studies


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:

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