Judaic Studies Bachelor Degree

Program Description

The Judaic Studies program is designed to introduce students to basic Judaic principles and enable them to study Jewish texts in depth.

There are three tracks for the Judaic Studies Program

The TaNaCh Concentration

The TaNaCh Concentration includes:

Bible (Parsha and Chumash), Prophets, Scripture, Classic Jewish Philosophy and thought, and Jewish law. It includes in-depth study of Chumash (Bible.) This program enriches Jewish knowledge, enables its graduates to teach Judaic Studies and enter programs offering higher degrees.

The Talmud Concentration

The Talmud Concentration includes:

Bible (Parsha and Chumash), Prophets, Scripture, Classic Jewish Philosophy and Thought, and Jewish law. It includes in-depth study of Gemara (Talmud.)
This program enriches Jewish knowledge, enables its graduates to teach Judaic Studies, and enter programs offering higher degrees.

The Jewish Law Concentration

The Jewish Law Concentration includes:

courses in Talmud and Jewish Law. Talmud is the area of  scholarship which forms the basis of contemporary Jewish Law and tradition. The program consists of survey courses in Talmud, intensive courses in Talmud, and Jewish law. It prepares students for a Rabbinical degree.

General Educational Outcomes

1

Demonstrate creative thinking skills

1. Student will be able to outline multiple solutions to a problem.
2. Student will be able to recognize consequences of solution and articulate reason for choosing solution.
3. Student will be able to create a novel or unique idea, question, format, or product

2

Demonstrate critical analysis skills.

1. Student will be able to organize evidence to reveal insightful patterns, differences, or similarities.
2. Student will be able to synthesize in-depth information from relevant sources representing various points of view/ approaches.
3. Student will be able to analyze arguments defining limitations and implications.

3

Demonstrate ethical responsibility

1. Student will be able to judge and evaluate business behavior.
2. Student will be able to compare and contrast employee and employer relationships.
3. Student will be able to argue for the importance of ethical work responsibility.

Judaic Studies Outcome

TaNaCh Concentration
Talmud Concentration
Jewish Law Concentration
  1. Research topics in Judaic Studies and synthesize information from different Judaic sources
    in order to articulate a theme in Judaism
  2. Critically analyze primary Biblical sources as evidenced by:
    • Identify difficulties in the Biblical text, analyzing them, and proposing solutions to these
      difficulties
    • Analyze Biblical commentaries (analyze, relate to text, compare and contrast)
    • Analyze characters or incidents in the Biblical text, at times comparing them to other
      characters, and deriving lessons from their behaviors
  3. Analyze the development of Jewish laws
  4. Apply Jewish Philosophical ideas to their lives
  1. Research topics in Judaic Studies and synthesize information from different Judaic sources
    in order to articulate a theme in Judaism
  2.  Interpret Talmudic texts, as evidenced by:
    • Translate Talmudic Aramaic text
    • Identify difficulties in a page of Talmud
    • Study and analyze commentaries on the Talmud such as Rashi and Tosfos<
  3.  Analyze the development of Jewish laws
  4. Apply Jewish Philosophical ideas to their lives

 

  1. Research topics in Judaic Studies and synthesize information from different Talmudic sources in order to articulate a theme in Judaism
  2. Interpret Talmudic texts, as evidenced by:
    • Translate Talmudic Aramaic text
    • Identify difficulties in a page of Talmud
    • Study and analyze commentaries on the Talmud such as Rashi and Tosfos
  3. Analyze the development of Jewish laws

Judaic Studies Requirements

General Education Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Any MAT, CPT, or Science courses Science, Technology, and Math 9
Any COM, LIT, or Language courses Language and Literature 6
SOC 102, SOC 103, or other Ethics courses Social Responsibility 6
Any PSY, JPHL,or social science courses Social Sciences 9
BIBL, JLAW, JCAL, JPHL or other Religion courses Religion 15
Total General Education   45

There are three tracks for the Judaic Studies Program: