Major in Jewish Studies
Program of Concentration in Jewish Studies
The major in Jewish Studies requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.
2. Language, 6 credit hours. A year of modern Hebrew (Hebrew 2201–2202, Intermediate Hebrew) or biblical Hebrew (REL 5120, Intermediate Hebrew).* Proficiency at the level of intermediate Hebrew can be demonstrated through testing. If this option is exercised, students will take an additional 6 credit hours of electives toward the major.
*In place of biblical or modern Hebrew, interested students may substitute one of the following languages of the Jewish people: Rabbinic Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, Ladino, or Judaeo-Arabic. For languages not presently taught at Vanderbilt, proficiency at the intermediate level may be demonstrated through an exam administered by a designated member of the Jewish Studies faculty. If this option is exercised, students will take an additional 6 credit hours of electives toward the major.
3. Focus courses, 12 credit hours selected from three of four subfields of study:
- Area 1: Biblical Studies
- Area 2: Antiquity and the Medieval World
- Area 3: Modern and Contemporary Experience
- Area 4: Culture, Philosophy, and Literature
4. Senior Capstone Course, 3 credit hours. JS 4970, Senior Project in Jewish Studies. Senior Project proposal must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.
5. Electives (minimum of 6 credit hours)–Any of the courses listed below that is not used to fulfill a requirement towards the major may be counted as an elective with the exception of JS 3880, which cannot count towards the major because it must be taken Pass/Fail. In addition to courses drawn from Arts and Science departments and the professional schools, nontraditional course work may also be selected, including archaeology at Tel Megiddo (Israel), service learning, and internships. Study abroad is encouraged and can be fulfilled with Jewish Studies in Prague and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Declaring a Major
To download a Declaration of Major form, click here.
For more information on declaring a major, visit the College of Arts & Science’s Majors and Minors page.