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Academics

Programs FAQs

Interested in a Major? A Minor? One of our courses? Please direct all general questions to:

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies

    Office Hours:
    Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Tuesday & Thursday: sometimes, by appointment

    All meetings will take place via Zoom. Email in advance to schedule a time and receive a personal Zoom link.

  • Jewish Studies Building, 7031 Freret St., room 209


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Degrees

MAJOR

The major consists of at least 30 credits in Jewish Studies courses, Hebrew courses, or courses in related fields. The major must include JWST 1010 and JWST 1020 as well as courses in each of the following periods:

  • Pre-modern: At least two courses required from JWST 2100, 3140, 3150, 3500, 3520, 3530, 3540, 3590, 3600, 4110, 4250, 4350, or CLAS 3140.
  • Modern: At least two courses required from JWST 3100, 3210, 3220, 3330, 3340, 3440, 3750, 4150, 4210, 4300, 4420, 4670.
  • Please note: Additional JWST courses (and those in other departments) also fulfill the requirements for Pre-Modern and Modern courses. Email Dr. Gaines (contact information above) to discuss any necessary substitutions. He is happy to help.

At least one course should be at the 4000 level or above. Courses taken to fulfill Tulane’s foreign language proficiency requirement may not count toward the major.

  • Additional courses require departmental approval for substitution (ex: CLAS and RLST).

MINOR

A minor in Jewish Studies consists of 15 credit hours in 5 courses. Requirements include:

  • Only two 1000-level courses may count towards the minor; however, students are not required to take a 1000-level course for the minor. NOTE: This policy recently changed, and Dr. Gaines may need to sign a form allowing multiple 1000-level courses to apply to the minor. His contact information is above.
  • Up to two HBRW courses past the 2030 level may count toward the minor.  No courses used to satisfy the University's language requirement maybe used as credits toward the minor.  Hebrew courses are not required to complete the minor.
  • At least one course should be at the 4000 level or above (CLAS 3140 accepted substitute). All 3000 or 4000-level coursework for the minor must be taken in residency at Tulane; courses taken abroad do not count toward this requirement.
  • Additional courses require departmental approval for substitution (ex: CLAS and RLST).

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Study Abroad

Study Abroad Opportunities