Courses & Degree Programs
We work closely with the Department of World Languages and Literatures to support Hebrew language instruction.
We offer an undergraduate minor degree, and an undergraduate major degree is currently in development. Judaic Studies does not at present offer post-graduate degrees, but our faculty often advise MA students in the History Department who focus on Jewish history.
Thanks to the generosity of the Aspen Mitzvah Fund, we offer scholarships to qualified students taking third-year Hebrew. Students undertaking the Minor in Judaic Studies at PSU may apply for the Sara Glasgow Cogan Scholarship, which provides support for students undertaking credit-bearing internships at Jewish communal and cultural organizations. For other information on scholarships in Judaic Studies, please contact the program advisor.
FALL 2013 COURSES:
14722 | JST 399: Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament | Taught by Professor Loren Spielman
14723 | JST 399: SPST: Israeli Culture & Society | Taught by Professor Nina Spiegel
15571 | JST 399: SPST: Women & Gender in Israel | Taught by Professor Nina Spiegel
14692 | HST 399: SPST: Jewish History to Medieval Period | Taught by Professor Loren Spielman
14693 | HST 399: SPST: The Holocaust | Taught by Professor Natan Meir
11248 | ENG 330U: SPST: Jewish & Israeli Literature | Taught by Professor Michael Weingrad
15517 | ENG 367U: Jewish AM Lit 1880-1950 | Taught by Professor Michael Weingrad
SPRING 2013 COURSES:
61455 HEB 399 Israeli Film - Taught by Professor Moshe Rachmuth
65007 HST 399 History of Zionism -Taught by Professor Natan Meir
61599 JST 399 Retelling the Bible - Taught by Professor Loren Spielman
61489 HST 399 Rabbinic Culture in the Roman World -Taught by Professor Loren Spielman
64300 JST 399 Israeli Culture and Society - Taught by Professor Nina Spiegel
64331 JST 399 Memory & Identity in Israel & the U.S. - Taught by Professor Nina Spiegel
Looking for the 2012-13 academic year at a glance? Click here for the online Course Planning Guide. Note: this information may change, so consult this guide periodically for updates.
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Advanced undergraduate students and Judaic Studies minors of academic distinction may set up special tutorials, internships, research projects, and by-arrangement courses, with the permission of a qualified instructor.
THE MINOR DEGREE IN JUDAIC STUDIES
To earn the Minor in Judaic Studies, a student must complete 28 credits, at least 16 credits of which must be upper-division courses, and at least 12 credits of which must be taken in residence at PSU. These 28 credits must include the following coursework:
- -- 4 credits of a survey course in modern Jewish history (courses marked in orange above)
- -- 4 credits of coursework focusing primarily on Jewish history/culture in the United States (courses marked in red above)
- -- 4 credits of coursework focusing primarily on Jewish history/culture in the State of Israel (courses marked in purple above)
- -- 4 credits of coursework focusing primarily on Jewish history/culture prior to 1700 (courses marked in green above)
-- as well as 12 credits of elective coursework in Judaic Studies, 4 credits of which may include coursework not taught by core Judaic Studies faculty but which has a conceptual, topical, or methodological relevance to the discipline of Judaic Studies, and up to 8 credits of which may be satisfied with Hebrew language courses at 203 or higher.
Contact the program advisor for specific information on which courses may be used to fulfill these requirements.