Departmental policy requires that students in upper-level Judaic Studies courses undertake substantial written work exclusive of examinations. It is also departmental policy that oral reports may not be substituted for written work. Faculty will read, comment on, evaluate, and (if necessary) return this work for revision and reevaluation. The emphasis is on helping students learn to write effective analytical research papers.
Learning Outcomes for the BA in Judaic Studies
1) Students will demonstrate conceptual knowledge in a variety of disciplines associated with the study of Judaic Studies, ancient and modern Israel, the Bible, and Rabbinic texts, including the study of literature, history, art history, religion, philosophy, modern languages, cinema, archaeology, anthropology/sociology, geography, Hebrew language, and political science.
2) Students will demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
3) Students will demonstrate basic comprehension and proficiency in historically significant languages of the Jews and Jewish history: Hebrew (and language skills in general in the teaching of Yiddish and Arabic language and culture courses).
4) Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills and analytic skills for the research of Judaic Studies in primary and secondary sources.
5) Students will analyze the major arguments of theological and philosophical importance in major texts (Bible, Rabbinics, Modern Jewish literature).