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Major

The major in Jewish studies requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

  1. Introductory course – 3 credit hours
    • JS 1002 or 1002W: Introduction to Jewish Studies, JS 1040: Introduction to Modern Jewish History, or JS 1010: Introduction to Judaism.
  2. Language – 6 credit hours
    • Two semesters of Intermediate Hebrew (Hebrew 2201–2202) or biblical Hebrew (REL 5120) are required.
    • Alternatively, students may take an exam to prove intermediate-level proficiency. 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. Electives – minimum of 21 credit hours
    • Any of the courses listed below that are not used to fulfill a requirement towards the major may be counted as an elective with the exception of JS 3880, which cannot count toward 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 CET Jewish Studies in Prague and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Download a Declaration of Major form here.

For more information on declaring a major, visit the College of Arts & Science’s Majors and Minors page.