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Requirements for the Minor

The Minor in Jewish Studies offers a basic introduction to the texts, cultures, languages, and history of the Jews and Judaism. The minor requires a total of six courses in two variant sequences: a language variant that includes three courses in Hebrew or Yiddish at the 20000 or higher level or a civilization variant that includes three courses in one of the three sequences JWSC 20001-20002-20003 Jewish History and Society I-II-III, JWSC 20004-20005-20006 Jewish Thought and Literature I-II-III, or the Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations study abroad program.

Dead Sea Scroll Jar, Oriental Institute Museum

Students who elect the minor program in Jewish Studies must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor. (The deadline for students graduating in 2009–10 is the end of Autumn Quarter 2009.) The director’s approval for the minor program should be submitted to a student’s College adviser by this deadline on a form obtained from the adviser. Courses in the minor (1) may not be double counted with the student’s major(s) or with other minors and (2) may not be counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and at least four of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Summary of Requirements:

Language Variant

  • 3 courses in (Biblical or Modern) Hebrew or Variant Yiddish at the 20000 or higher level
  • 2 two courses in Jewish History and Society (JWSC 20001-20002-20003), two courses in Jewish Thought and Literature (JWSC 20004-20005-20006), or two courses in Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • 1 additional courses in Jewish Studies

Total number of courses: 6 courses

Civilization Variant

  • 3 courses in Jewish History and Society (JWSC 20001-20002-20003), Jewish Thought and Literature (JWSC 20004-20005-20006), or the civilization study at our program in Jerusalem.
  • 2 two courses, one in each of two of the following three periods: (1) Ancient or Biblical Israel, (2) Rabbinic and Medieval Judaism and Jewish history and culture, or (3) Modern Judaism and Jewish history and culture
  • 1 additional courses in Jewish Studies

Total number of courses: 6 courses