History of Judaism

Major Field Requirements

  • Course Work
    • 4 courses each semester for a minimum of 2 academic years
  • Languages
    • Classical language:
      • For students focusing in Late Antiquity, demonstration of reading fluency by 2 semesters of advanced course work in New Testament or Classical Greek or Syriac
      • For students focusing in the Medieval period, demonstration of reading fluency by 2 semesters of advanced course work in either Latin or Arabic
      • For students in Contemporary Judaism, demonstration of reading fluency by 2 semesters of advanced course work or exam in modern Hebrew or Yiddish
    • Modern language:
      • As demonstrated by exam and course work, reading competency in German and either French or a substitute modern European language
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Training
  • Preliminary Examinations
    • 4 written components: comprehensive, internal minor, external minor, and dissertation area
      • For students focusing in Late Antiquity, the Comprehensive Exam will cover the history of Jewish civilization from the Persian Period until the Arab conquest of Palestine
      • For students focusing in the Medieval period, the Comprehensive Exam will cover the history of Jewish civilization from the Maccabees until the expulsion from Spain in 1492
      • For students focusing in Contemporary Judaism, the Comprehensive Exam will cover the Enlightenment to the present
    • 1 oral component that reviews all four of the written exams
  • Dissertation

Inside Minor Requirements

  • 2 courses
    • Students are encouraged to select RELIGION 220 or RELIGION 221 as one of these courses