BA in Judaic Studies

The program in Judaic Studies gives students the opportunity to explore the experience and diverse cultural heritage of the Jewish people from various perspectives.

Questions about program requirements should be addressed to Professor Joel Rosenberg, Program Director.

Program Requirements and Policies

  • Ten courses are required for the BA in Judaic Studies.
  • Other courses, taken at Tufts and elsewhere, are acceptable upon approval of the Program Director, Professor Joel Rosenberg, Olin 322, but at least four of the primary courses must be taken at Tufts.

Course Requirements

  • 8 primary courses 
  • 2 related courses 
  •  The equivalent of three years of Hebrew, or two years of Hebrew and two years of another language related to the student's special interests within the field, are also required.
  • As your major advisor you may choose the Program Director or a member of the core faculty (see Faculty for a current list).

Primary Courses

  • DR 172: Imagining the Holocaust on Stage and Screen
  • ENG 159/JS 159: Contemporary Jewish Fiction
  • ENG 162/JS 162: Philip Roth and Company
  • ENG 164/JS 164: Representing the Jew
  • HEB 21,22: Composition and Conversation
  • HEB 121,122: Composition and Conversation
  • HEB 93: Directed Study
  • HEB 193: Advanced Directed Study
  • JS 48: Israeli Film
  • JS 55/MUS 55/REL 55: Technology & Jewish Oral Tradition
  • JS 65/REL 65/ILVS 64: Introduction to Yiddish Culture
  • JS 73/REL 73: Aspects of the Sephardic Tradition
  • JS 78/REL 78/ILVS 62: Jewish Women
  • JS 84/REL 84: The Sources of Jewish Tradition
  • JS 87/REL 87: Introduction to Talmud
  • JS 91, 92, 191, 192: Special Topics, including Ladino Language and Culture
  • JS 93, 94, 193, 194: Directed Study
  • JS 99: Internship
  • JS 126/REL 126: Roots of the Jewish Imagination
  • JS 132/REL 132: The Book of Genesis and Its Interpreters
  • JS 136/REL 137: King David and the Israelite Monarchy
  • JS 142/REL 142: Jewish Experience on Film
  • JS 150/REL 158: Music & Prayer in the Jewish Tradition
  • JS 198, 199: Senior Honors Thesis
  • REL 21: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Related Courses

Related courses establish links between Judaic Studies and other disciplines by examining such topics as: countries or regions that are major sites of Jewish civilization, past or present; the life of cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic societies more generally; the dynamics of tradition; the impact of modernity and historical crisis on traditional societies; issues of philosophy, ethics, myth, religion, and spirituality that bear upon Jewish life and thought; issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the life of a culture; the legacy of biblical and Jewish tradition in world cultures. A student may, with the approval of the program directors, substitute an appropriate course not presently on this list.

  • AMER 16: American Identities
  • ANTH 119: Peoples of the Middle East
  • ANTH 132: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
  • ARB 62: Modern Arabic Literature
  • FAH 22, 122: Iconoclasm and Iconophobia
  • FAH 28, 128: Medieval Art in the Mediterranean: Pagans, Jews, Christians, Muslims
  • CLS 26: Ancient Egypt
  • CLS 75: Classical Mythology
  • CLS 148: Time and Festivals in the Ancient World
  • CLS 151: Ancient Philosophy
  • REL 6: Philosophy of Religion
  • REL 48: Introduction to Islam
  • REL 195: Mystics
  • ENG 49: The English Bible
  • ENG 77: The Modern Mind
  • ENG 175: Post-structural Literary Theory
  • HIST 70: Modern Middle East to World War I
  • HIST 71: Modern Middle East since World War I
  • HIST 167: Medieval Islam
  • ILVS 114/RUS 114: Politics and Literature in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • PHIL 48: Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL 55: The Making the Modern Mind
  • PHIL 126: Theories of Human Nature
  • PHIL 128: Human Rights: History and Theory
  • PJS 120/SOC 120: Sociology of War and Peace
  • PS 41, 42: Western Political Thought
  • PS 134: Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • RUS 73: The Bible in Russian Literature
  • SOC 110: Racial and Ethnic minorities
  • SOC 143: Sociology of Religion
  • SPN 130: Civilization of Muslim Spain
  • CIV 5: Time and Festivals
  • CIV 6: Time and Modernity
  • CIV 9, 10: Memory and Identity in World Cultures
  • CIV 22: East-West Perspectives on Fascism: Japan and Germany
  • WL120: Central European Writers
  • WL 122/ILVS 122: South African Writers