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Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers a comprehensive examination of all aspects of Jewish experience. Housed in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, the Stroum Jewish Studies Program is a highly-regarded international venue for the academic study of Jewish life. A broad range of courses—in history, sociology, political science, law, literary criticism, economics, language, philosophy, religion, and American Studies—addresses the historical, social, cultural, religious, legal, and political life of Jews today and throughout history around the world.
Students can major or minor in Jewish Studies, focusing on either of two tracks: The Judaic Cultural Tradition (including the world of ancient Israel, and the literary and intellectual traditions of classical Judaism), or The Jewish People in the Modern World (including the literary and intellectual traditions of modern Jewry, modern Israel, and contemporary Jewish life around the world). The faculty also supervises graduate instruction in Jewish Studies through a number of programs and departments, including History, Political Science, Sociology, Comparative Religion, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Middle East Studies, and others.
—Noam Pianko, Chair
Any undergraduate admitted for study as a matriculated student in the College of Arts and Sciences may declare Jewish Studies as his/her major and work for the B.A. degree.
A major in Jewish Studies shall consist of not less than 52 credits, as follows:
The lists of Jewish Studies courses are maintained by the Jewish Studies Program as part of its Web site. For the current list of such courses, click here.
Modern Hebrew Language: Read more about offerings and placement in Modern Hebrew at the University of Washington.
Biblical Hebrew Language: Read more about Biblical Hebrew at the University of Washington.
Capstone Paper [not required for students declaring the major Autumn 2012 or after]: Students in either track will produce a Capstone Paper in association with a specific faculty member. This project may be in connection with one of the courses used to satisfy the "track" requirement. In the quarter of writing the project, students should register for JSIS 493 (2 crs.), an independent study course (Senior Research). A registration form and information about add codes for JSIS 493 are available in the Student Services Office (THO 111).
Jewish Studies majors may apply to the Honors Program in International Studies, during the course of which they will write an honors thesis in some field of Jewish Studies under the direction of a Jewish Studies faculty member.
Overlapping credits: A maximum of 15 credits that are used to fulfill minimum requirements of any other UW major can be counted in this major.
30 credits, to include the following:
JSIS C 145 (5 credits) and JSIS C/HIST 250 (5)
15 credits of Jewish Studies elective, chosen from the list of approved Humanities/Social Science electives*
5 additional credits chosen from the list of approved Humanities/Social Science electives or in courses in modern or Biblical Hebrew*
15 credits of the minor must be taken in residence at the UW.
*For a list of approved electives and Hebrew language courses, follow this link.
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