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.
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.