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College of Liberal Arts

Jewish Studies

This multidisciplinary program focuses on the experience of the Jewish people from antiquity to the present. The program offers both a minor and a major in Jewish Studies, consisting of appropriate courses in the School of Languages and Cultures and the departments of Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. The program includes a required course, “Introduction to Jewish Studies" (JWST 33000, crosslisted as HIST 30200, and POL 49300), plus four semesters of Hebrew language for the major. In addition, students are required to take 15 hours selected from at least two separate subject areas for the minor, and 21 hours selected from five separate subject areas for the major (with no more than six hours from any one subject area, and 12 hours selected at the 30000 or 40000 level).

The program also seeks to marshal the resources of the University in the area of Jewish Studies, to encourage scholarship in the field and to promote intellectual activities that bring the richness of Jewish studies as well as the history, language and culture of the Jewish people to the larger University community. The program is open to all Purdue students. Members of the program edit Shofar, a quarterly journal of Jewish studies.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) HEBR 10200 (Modern Hebrew Level II) or HEBR 12200 (Biblical Hebrew Level II)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)*
(3) JWST 33000 (Introduction to Jewish Studies), Racial and Ethnic Diversity*
(3) HEBR 10100 (Modern Hebrew Level I) or 
HEBR 12100 (Biblical Hebrew Level I)
(3) Jewish Studies elective — Western Heritage*, Note A
(3) Individual and Society* (3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester

HEBR 20100 (Modern Hebrew Level III) orHEBR 22100 (Biblical Hebrew 
Level III)

(3) HEBR 20200 (Modern Hebrew Level IV)or HEBR 22200 (Biblical Hebrew Level IV)
(3) Natural Sciences* (3) Jewish Studies elective — Other Cultures*, Note A
(3) United States Tradition* (3) Jewish Studies elective, Note A
(3) Elective or minor (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective or minor
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Global Perspective*
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Jewish Studies elective, Note A
(3) Jewish Studies elective, Note A (3) Social Ethics*
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Jewish Studies elective, Note A (3) Jewish Studies elective, Note A
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Jewish Studies Notes

* See "Core."

A. Jewish Studies electives: Select 21 hours from five of the seven following subject areas: anthropology, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy, political science, sociology. No more than six hours can be taken from any one subject area. At least 12 credit hours must be at the 30000, 40000 or 50000 levels. Contact the College of Liberal Arts Academic Advising Office for specific courses included in this requirement.