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Requirements

Judaic Studies Major

10 courses: 8 primary courses and 2 related courses; see listing below. Other courses, taken at Tufts and 10 courses: 8 primary courses and 2 related courses; see listing below.

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Other courses, taken at Tufts and elsewhere, are acceptable upon approval of the program directors, Prof. Gloria Ascher, Olin 332, and Prof. Joel Rosenberg, Olin 322, but at least four of the primary courses must be taken at Tufts. The equivalent of three years of Hebrew, or two years of Hebrew and two years of another language related to the student's special interests within the field, are also required. As your major advisor you may choose one of the program directors or a member of the core faculty: Prof. Sol Gittleman (German, Judaic Studies), Prof. Jodi Magness (Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology), Rahel Meshoulam (Coordinator, Hebrew), Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Summit (Judaic Studies), Prof. Jonathan Wilson (English).

Primary Courses
JS 65: Introduction to Yiddish Culture
JS 73: Aspects of the Sephardic Tradition
JS 77: The Archaeology of Palestine
JS 78: Jewish Women
JS 84: The Sources of Jewish Tradition
JS 91, 92, 191, 192: Special Selected Topics including Ladino Language and Culture; Israeli Film; Jewish Music and Prayer
JS 93, 94, 193, 194: Directed Study
JS 96: Introduction to the Talmud
JS 99: Internship
JS 126: Roots of the Jewish Imagination
JS 132: The Book of Genesis and Its Interpreters
JS 142: Jewish Experience on Film
JS 198, 199: Senior Honors Thesis
Hebrew 21, 22: Composition and Conversation
Hebrew 121, 122: Composition and Conversation
Hebrew 93: Directed Study
Hebrew 95: Hebrew Teaching Internship
Hebrew 193: Advanced Directed Study
Comparative Religion 21: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Comparative Religion 52: Judaism through the Centuries
Comparative Religion 194: Jewish Issues Today
English 175: Contemporary Jewish Fiction

Related Courses
Related courses establish links between Judaic Studies and other disciplines by examining such topics as: countries or regions that are major sites of Jewish civilization, past or present; the life of cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic societies more generally; the dynamics of tradition; the impact of modernity and historical crisis on traditional societies; issues of philosophy, ethics, myth, religion, and spirituality that bear upon Jewish life and thought; issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the life of a culture; the legacy of biblical and Jewish tradition in world cultures. A student may, with the approval of the program directors, substitute an appropriate course not presently on this list.

Anthropology 119: Peoples of the Middle East
Anthropology 131: Anthropology of Religion
Anthropology 132: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
Anthropology 137: Language and Culture
Anthropology 186: Theatres of Community and the Social Production of Place
Arabic 61: Classical Arabic Literature
Arabic 62: Modern Arabic Literature
Art History 1: Art, Ritual, and Culture
Art History 24: Iconoclasm and Iconophobia
Art History 25A: The Dome of Heaven
Art History 27: The End of the World in Art and Thought, Fourth to Fourteenth Centuries
Classics 75: Classical Mythology
Classics 151: Ancient Philosophy
Comparative Religion 6: Philosophy of Religion
Comparative Religion 48: The Qur’an and Islamic Tradition
Comparative Religion 51: Fundamentalism in Comparative Perspective
Comparative Religion 58: Ethics through Literature
Comparative Religion 72: Contemporary Arts and Religion
Comparative Religion 195: Mystics
English 77: The Modern Mind
English 115: The English Bible
English 170: Sexuality, Literature, and Contemporary Criticism
English 171: Post-Structural Literary Theory
History 9: Looking Back at the Millennium: Apocalyptic Movements and the Creation of the Other
History 60: The Modern Middle East until World War I
History 61: The Modern Middle East from World War I
History 69: Medieval Islamic History
Philosophy 48: Feminist Philosophy
Philosophy 55: The Making of the Modern Mind
Philosophy 126: Theories of Human Nature
Philosophy 128: Human Rights, History and Theory
Political Science 45, 46: Western Political Thought
Political Science 136: Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Political Science 161: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Russian 73: The Bible in Russian Literature
Sociology 110: Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Sociology 143: Sociology of Religion
Spanish 30: The Civilization of Muslim Spain
World Civilizations 5: Time and Festivals
World Civilizations 6: Time and Modernity
World Civilizations 9, 10: Memory and Identity in World Cultures
World Civilizations 22: East-West Perspectives on Fascism: Japan and Germany
World Literature 120: Central European Writers
World Literature 122: South African Writers

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