Undergraduate

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  • Jewish Studies (major)

    Preparation for the Major (Required):

    • Jewish Studies M10 (Social, Cultural, and Religious Institutions of Judaism)
      OR
    • Two courses from Middle Eastern Studies M50A (First Civilizations), M50B (Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), 50C (Making and Studying Modern Middle East)
      AND
    • Ancient Near East 10W (Jerusalem: Holy City)
      AND
    • One year of language (near eastern language preferred, but not required)

    Transfer Students
    Transfer applicants to the Jewish Studies major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory course prior to admission to UCLA: one social, cultural, and religious institutions of Judaism course. Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

    Major Requirements (11 Courses):

    • Hebrew Core (3 courses):
      • Hebrew 102A/B/C (Intermediate Hebrew), 103A/B/C (Advanced Hebrew), 110A/B (Introduction to Biblical Hebrew), 111A (Israeli Society through Hebrew Song and Video), 111B/C (Conversational Hebrew), 120 (Biblical Texts), 125 (Hebrew Bible with Medieval Commentaries), 130 (Rabbinic Texts), 135 (Medieval Hebrew Texts), C140 (Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose)

    *Students may substitute another upper division language (Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Ladino, Yiddish) if they can demonstrate its integral role in their specific course of study.*

    • Jewish Core (2 courses):
      • Jewish Studies 175 (Modern Israeli Literature Made into Films), M182A (Ancient Jewish History), M182B (Medieval Jewish History), M182C (Modern Jewish History), M184A (Jewish Civilization: Encounter with Great World Cultures)
    • Required Electives (6 courses):
      • Hebrew or Jewish Studies or from Ancient Near East M135 (Religion in Ancient Israel), 162 (Archaeology, Identity, and Bible)
      • English 111A (Hebrew Bible in Translation), 111C (Topics in Biblical Literature)
      • German 109 (Jewish Question and German Thought)
      • History 191F (Capstone Seminar: History — Near East)
      • Iranian 130 (Intellectual History of Jews of Persia), 131 (Introduction to Judeo-Persian: Literature and Culture)
      • Political Science 121A (Studies in Formulation of American Foreign Policy), 132A (International Relations of Middle East), M132B (International Relations of Middle East)
      • Semitics 130 (Biblical Aramaic)
      • Study of Religion 120 (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Comparative Approach)
      • Yiddish 101A/B/C (Elementary Yiddish), 102A/B/C (Intermediate Yiddish), 121A (20th-Century Yiddish Poetry in English Translation), 121B (20th-Century Yiddish Prose and Drama in English Translation), 121C (Special Topics in Yiddish Literature in English Translation), 130 (Introduction to Yiddish Culture and Language through Film), 131A (Modern Yiddish Poetry), 131B (Modern Yiddish Prose and Drama), 131C (Special Topics in Yiddish Literature)

    Students are encouraged to take a research tutorial within Jewish Studies 197 or 199. A maximum of two 197 or 199 courses (8 units total) may be applied toward the major.

    Study in Israel: Students are encouraged to spend up to one year in Israel either to (1) study with an education abroad program or (2) study at an Israeli university. For information on studying in Israel, contact the Education Abroad Program, B300 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-4889.

  • Hebrew and Jewish Studies (minor)

    To enter the Hebrew and Jewish Studies minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, have completed Hebrew 1A, 1B, 1C, or the equivalent as determined by the department.

    Required Lower Division Courses (15 units):

    • Hebrew 1A/B/C (Elementary Hebrew), 8 (Elementary Hebrew: Intensive), or equivalent

    Required Upper Division Courses (5 courses):

    • Hebrew Core (3 courses):
      • Hebrew 102A/B/C (Intermediate Hebrew), 103A/B/C (Advanced Hebrew), 110A (Introduction to Biblical Hebrew: Phonology, Morphology, and Structure of Biblical Hebrew), 110B (Introduction to Biblical Hebrew: Readings of Biblical Prose Texts), 111A (Israeli Society through Hebrew Song and Video), 111B/C (Conversational Hebrew), 120 (Biblical Texts), 125 (Hebrew Bible with Medieval Commentaries), 130 (Rabbinic Texts), 135 (Medieval Hebrew Texts), C140 (Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose)

    *Students may substitute another upper division language (Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Ladino, Yiddish) if they can demonstrate its integral role in their specific course of study.*

    • Jewish Core (2 courses):
      • Jewish Studies 175 (Modern Israeli Literature Made into Films), M182A (Ancient Jewish History), M182B (Medieval Jewish History), M182C (Modern Jewish History), M184A (Jewish Civilization: Encounter with Great World Cultures)

    199 courses may not be applied.

    A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied towards major requirements of another minor. Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.