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Charting Your Courses

Level I: Basis Courses

Required for majors; highly recommended for all students interested in Jewish Studies.

Level II: Exploratory Courses

Introduce students to a body of literature, historical experience, or method of approaching Jewish Studies that is often helpful for more advanced work.

Language

Classical Texts

History and Thought

Literature and the Arts

Level III: Topic Courses

Topic courses are open to students at various levels, though first–year students may want to consult with the instructor to determine appropriateness.

Language: Hebrew

The University of Massachusetts offers advanced modern Hebrew on a yearly basis. The program in Jewish studies at Smith encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity within the Five–College Consortium. A semester of intermediate modern Hebrew is held every other year at Mount Holyoke College.

Classical Texts

History and Thought

Literature and the Arts

Level IV: Advanced Courses

For juniors or seniors, normally with some prior experience in the field; research intensive.

Classical Texts

History and Thought

Literature and the Arts

Sample Course Clusters

Bible

Courses Beyond the Major

Jewish studies believes that a well rounded liberal arts education must include not only a well defined major but a balanced selection of courses beyond the major. We encourage all our students to fulfill the Latin honors requirements established by the college, and especially to take courses in fields of knowledge that are new or challenging to them.

There are also many courses at Smith that would be of particular interest to students in Jewish Studies, either because they introduce students to useful methodological approaches or because they complement already existing courses within the program.

The following are examples of courses that touch on Jewish studies and that may count as an elective toward the major with the prior approval of an adviser. Students must write one of their assignments for such courses on an appropriate Jewish Studies topic. Please consult the offerings of other programs and departments, and your adviser, for additional possibilities: