Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Judaic Studies

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Foreign language requirement
Two semesters of study in a single foreign language (or the equivalent)
Required courses (9 credits):
REL 2201Judaism
HIST 2050History of Jewish Civilization: From the Bible to Modernity
JSTD 4019Senior Thesis
One course (3 credits) from the following:
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
CLAS 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
CLAS 2804History of Ancient Israel
REL 1009The Hebrew Scriptures
JSTD 2001Topics in Judaic Studies: Pre-modern
REL 2211Rabbinic Thought and Literature
REL 3141Second Temple/Hellenistic Judaism
REL 3149WBiblical Issues
REL 3211Rabbinic Thought and Literature
REL 3923Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
One course (3 credits) from the following:
ENGL 3970Jewish American Literature
HEBR 3101Modern Hebrew Literary Classics
HEBR 3301Modern Hebrew Fiction
HEBR 3302The Israeli Media
HIST 3060Modern Jewish History
HIST 3367The American Jewish Experience
HIST 3820History of Israel
JSTD 2002Topics in Judaic Studies: Modern
PSC 2379Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
REL 3221Issues in Jewish Ethics
REL 3291Modern Jewish Thought
REL 3292Seminar: Issues in Jewish Thought
Five additional courses (15 credits) from the two lists above:

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in Judaic Studies, a candidate must attain a GPA of at least 3.7 in courses counted toward the major in Judaic Studies and 3.3 overall, and earn a grade of A both for JSTD 4018 Senior ThesisJSTD 4019 Senior Thesis and for the senior thesis. Having fulfilled these requirements, the student may be recommended for graduation with Special Honors.