Special studies allow students to work one–on–one (or in small groups) with an individual faculty member on an area of shared intellectual interest. They are opportunities for students to go into greater depth in a particular area, as well as a chance for the program to supplement its regular course offerings.
In order to register for a JUD 400 Special Studies, a student must first find a faculty member willing to work with her. Together, they develop a plan of study—including a schedule of regular meetings and assignments—and submit the application to the director of Jewish studies for final approval.
The program committee recognizes that a lot of work in special studies takes place independently, but it also believes that learning is a collaborative process that must be regularly and carefully guided by a committed faculty member.