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Judaic Studies

This interdisciplinary major combines the study of Hebrew with history, literature, philosophy and other fields to familiarize students with the experience of the Jews of the past and present. Judaic studies offers students a wide range of approaches to exploring and understanding Jewish history, culture and religion.

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Program Code

15BA-JUDC

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus
ACT
21.0 - 26.0
SAT
980 - 1180

Department

Judaic Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

French Hall West
PO Box 210169
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0169
Email: judaic.studies@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-2297

Student Success Factors

Successful Judaic studies degree candidates demonstrate the core abilities and skills required in many liberal arts disciplines: academic focus, time management and the ability to develop high-level critical thinking skills. In particular, Judaic studies is suited to students who work well with languages and wish to study Judaism in its religious, historical, literary and cultural contexts. The program welcomes students of all backgrounds - field biology majors do not need to be mice and Judaic studies majors do not need to be Jewish!

Career Possibilities

Judaic studies graduates are well-prepared for further academic work in Judaic studies, Near and Middle Eastern studies, religious studies, Holocaust studies and other related fields. As a multi- and interdisciplinary field, Judaic studies provides an outstanding general education. A Judaic studies degree also prepares one for careers in research and in various private- and-public sector fields. In addition to pursuing graduate study, Judaic majors and minors enjoy careers in:

  • education
  • community service
  • a wide variety of religion-affiliated organizations
  • journalism
  • social work
  • business
  • and many other fields that value individuals whose skills include research, writing and critical thinking.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The Department of Judaic Studies in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers a comprehensive education in the history, literature and art of Jews from biblical times to the present. Our interdisciplinary faculty specialize in such areas as ancient Judaism, Jewish arts, archaeology, medieval Jewish history, Jewish literature, Holocaust studies, Zionism and modern Jewish history. Students benefit from a rich educational experience, which may include internships, travel and study in Israel. Judaic studies fully integrates the resources of UC and draws upon the Hebrew Union College and the American Jewish Archive. Judaic studies at UC provides an integrated humanities education tailored to the needs and interests of each individual student.

For current Arts and Sciences students, click here to declare your major or double major

A&S provides flexible degree requirements which allow for and highly encourage multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Anthropology
  • Area studies
  • Biological sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Geography
  • History
  • International affairs
  • International human rights
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Psychology
  • Sociology 
  • Women's, gender, and sexuality studies

Minor Details

A certificate or minor in Judaic studies is granted upon completion of 24 credit hours in Judaic studies.

Course Requirements:

 

  • JUDC 1027-1028 Jewish Civilization, 6 credits
  • JUDC 1035 Introduction to Judaism, 3 credits
  • Judaic Studies Elective in Thought, 3 credits
  • Judaic Studies Electives in Literature, 6 credits
  • Judaic Studies Electives, 6 credits (Hebrew language courses may count to fulfill this requirement)

 Click here to declare the minor online

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Judaic Studies Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • JUDC1027, History of Jewish Civilization I: Origins to 1500, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • JUDC1xxx, Basic Hebrew I -- A&S Foreign Language Requirement , 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • JUDC1030, Jewish Civilization I Tutorial for Majors and Minors, 1 - 4
    Spring (Year 1)
    • JUDC1028, History of Jewish Civilization 2: 1500 to the Present, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • JUDC1xxx, Basic Hebrew II-- A&S Foreign Language Requirement, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • JUDC1031, Jewish Civilization II Tutorial for Majors and Minors, 1 - 4
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • JUDC2011, Second Year Hebrew 1, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC1035, Introduction to Judaism, DC, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course, SS, 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • JUDC2012, Second Year Hebrew 2, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2xxx, Judaic Studies Course at 2000 level, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • JUDCxxxx, Departmental Elective, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course, SS, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • JUDC3031, Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition, 3
    • HIST3xxx, Advanced Elective in Jewish History-see grouping below for details, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Elective or Minor Related Courses, 6
    Spring (Year 3)
    • JUDC3032, Advanced Hebrew Conversation and Composition, 3
    • JUDC3xxx, Advanced Elective in Jewish Literature -see grouping below for details, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Elective or Minor Related Courses, 9
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • JUDC3xxx, Advanced Elective in Jewish Thought - see grouping below for details, 3
    • JUDC5097, Capstone Seminar in Judaic Studies, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Elective or Minor Related Courses, 9
    Spring (Year 4)
    • XXXXxxxx, Elective or Minor Related Courses, 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Capstone Sequence - Part 2 (choose one course from grouping below), 3
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

15BA-JUDC Service Learning/Internship

    Fall (Year 1)
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • JUDC1027, History of Jewish Civilization I: Origins to 1500, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • JUDCxxxx, Basic Hebrew I -- A&S Foreign Language Requirement, 5
    Spring (Year 1)
    • JUDC1028, History of Jewish Civilization 2: 1500 to the Present, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • JUDCxxxx, Basic Hebrew II -- A&S Foreign Language Requirement, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • JUDC2011, Second Year Hebrew 1, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC1035, Introduction to Judaism, DC, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • JUDC2xxx, Judaic Studies Course -- 2000 level, 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • JUDC2012, Second Year Hebrew 2, DC, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • JUDC3xxx, Advanced Elective-3000 level (History, Literature or Thought) see lists below for details, 3
    • JUDCxxxx, Department Electives, 6
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course - may double count, 0 - 3
    • JUDC3xxx, Advanced Elective-3000 level (History, Literature or Thought) see lists below for details, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course, SS, 3
    • JUDCxxxx, Jewish Practicum (3065), 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, Internship or Approved Service Learning -- see grouping below, 3 - 6
    • JUDC3xxx, Advanced Elective-3000 level (History, Literature or Thought) see lists below for details, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective, 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Jewish Practicum (3066), 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • XXXXxxxx, Elective or Minor Related Courses, 9
    • JUDC5097, Capstone Seminar in Judaic Studies, 3
    • JUDCxxxx, Senior Thesis (5091), 3
    Spring (Year 4)
    • XXXXxxxx, Elective or Minor Related Courses, 9
    • JUDC5098, Capstone Seminar in Judaic Studies, 3
    • JUDCxxxx, Senior Thesis (5092), 3
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

The University of Cincinnati’s Department of Judaic Studies offers the student a unique academic and cultural experience. Since UC is a state-affiliated school, students of all backgrounds are welcome, and the program carries no theological or political agenda. The department enjoys a healthy relationship with nearby institutions such as Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Jacob Marcus Center, the American Jewish Archives and the Center for Holocaust Education, and students have ongoing opportunities to work with those institutions.

The department’s faculty represents a wide range of disciplines within the field and boasts both distinguished publication records and numerous teaching and service awards. At the same time, professors and instructors are engaged and accessible, offering students personal attention and a feeling of community in a large university setting.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.