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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Judaic Studies

The Judaic Studies concentration includes such areas as the Bible, Talmud, Law, Ethics, Religious Thought, Philosophy, Literature, Hebrew, and History. Students will be exposed to a variety of texts both ancient/classical and contemporary. Students will have the opportunity to study these subjects and gain a knowledge and understanding of the textual materials as well as critical thinking and analytical skills that can be used in other disciplines. Students must also demonstrate proficiency in reading and translating Hebrew through Hebrew language courses or courses that use Hebrew texts.

Concentration Requirements:

Bible 3cr
Law 3cr
Philosophy/Ethics 3cr
History 3cr
Talmud 3cr
Judaism and Contemporary Society: Judaism and Business or Judaism and Medical Ethics 3cr
Literature 3cr
Electives* 12cr
Capstone 3cr

* Must relate to concentration

Prerequisites:

Hebrew

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Judaic Studies will be able to:

  1. read and utilize primary and secondary source materials;
  2. critically interpret Judaic concepts;
  3. discuss the historical development of Judaism as a world religion (e.g., Ancient Judaism, Medieval Judaism, the Haskala [Jewish Enlightenment] and the encounter with modernity);
  4. demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the significance of the Torah, Talmud and Bible in Judaism and their place in contemporary society;
  5. use critical and analytical thinking skills in applying theory to practice; and
  6. demonstrate a foundation in Jewish law and tradition, and the skills to approach the texts independently.