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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies (BA)

Offered by the Jewish Studies program, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the director of the program.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better and minimum of 18 credit hours at or above 300-level

Course Requirements

Required (18 credit hours)

Note: HEBR-116 Hebrew, Elementary Modern I (3) and HEBR-117 Hebrew, Elementary Modern II (3) are prerequisites for the language requirement but do not count toward the major.

Jewish Literature (3 credit hours)

Complete one course from the following:

Jewish Thought (3 credit hours)

Complete one course from the following:

Jewish Life (3 credit hours)

Complete one course from the following:

Electives (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following:

Note: Related courses from other university departments may be used with approval of the program director.

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

Advising Information

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Archived Catalog & Degree Requirements

Advisors & Contacts for CAS Depts/Programs

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