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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Jewish Studies Minor

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Course Requirements

Jewish Studies Core (18 credits)


  • Minimum grade of C+ in JDS 103  
  • Two other courses in Jewish Studies (may include Hebrew) with a grade of C or better.
  • If declaring minor a year in advance before planned graduation, please see your Department academic advisor about JDS 103  and JDS 329  requirements
  • UB Seminar courses cannot count towards minor requirements.

Total Credits Required for Minor: 18

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C+ in JDS 103  required

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Develop critical thinking and abilities to read and analyze complex written texts – a set of skills to help become more competitive on professional job markets.
  • Discuss Judaism in a wide range of interdisciplinary contexts, including philosophy, history, literature, ethics, language, comparative religion, and critical theory.
  • Understand and apply key concepts, theories, and methods in the academic study of Judaism.
  • Conduct research: pose questions, obtain evidence, analyze sources, assess information, and construct an argument.
  • Understand critical methods of inquiry and use critical reading skills.
  • Hone effective written communication skills in academic writing: to engage primary and secondary sources, to access critically the methods these sources use, and to express a point of view on a subject and support it with evidence.
  • Cultivate oral communication: present research findings clearly, analyze primary and secondary sources in class discussion.
  • Engage in thinking collectively within a group through group projects, including but not limited to using theatrical, cinematic and other ways of expression to develop and display an ability to think critically and independently about a problem at hand.
  • Develop language skills in modern Hebrew for conversation and to read classical and modern Hebrew texts in their original language (if taking Hebrew language for four semesters).

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