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JUS Major Information

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To declare a JUS Major, fill out the
Change of Major/College form
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with JUS Advising.

The Judaic Studies Major requires 31 units, including 16 units of coursework in residency and 21 upper division units.  Of these, 12 upper division must be used only for JUS.  Of these, 9 upper division may be double-dipped with another major or minor.  No JUS course used to fulfill a Tier Two requirement can be used for the JUS Major.

Hebrew is the core of the Judaic Studies Major. Many non-Majors enroll in the Hebrew Program to fulfill the UA’s Foreign Language Requirement.  The UA Hebrew Program is one of the largest Hebrew Programs in the country. Our instructors use cutting-edge teaching technologies in our courses. 

Eligible students can receive credit for up to four semesters of Modern Hebrew through the Hebrew Credit by Exam program.

Specific Requirements (please contact JUS Advising as these requirements may have changed)

  • Hebrew - 4th semester proficiency is required.  This requirement may be fulfilled by taking JUS Hebrew courses or by passing a departmentally approved Hebrew Credit-by-Exam to certify competency for 4th semester Hebrew (203B). Either way, your transcript must reflect JUS 203B, 303A or 303B.
  • JUS 301 - Jewish Civilization: A Gateway Course. This introductory course is required for all JUS majors in catalogue year 2010-11 and later.  It is recommended for all JUS majors enrolled prior to catalogue year 2010-2011.
  • History Theme - Select 2 courses from JUS 329, 370A, 370B, 374, 377, 384, 387, 447, 452 and 454. JUS 495G and 496H may be included, if topic is relevant to the History theme.
  • Language and Literature Theme - Select 1 course from JUS 303A, 303B, 335, 348, 376, 405, 409A, 409B, 453, 438, 453 and 496W. JUS 495G and 496H may be included, if topic is relevant to the Language and Literature theme.
  • Religion and Culture Theme - Select 2 courses from JUS 310, 321, 322, 325, 332, 372A, 372B, 382A, 382B, 389, 435, 440 and 456. JUS 495G and 496H may be included, if topic is relevant to the Religion and Culture theme.

Complete the remaining 3 credits from Judaic Studies offerings listed above. Any changes to the distribution requirements listed above require the prior approval of Undergraduate Advisor. A second major is optional. Select your minor in consultation with your JUS advisor.

General Education Requirements

General Education: Tier One - Students may elect to take INDV Jewish Thought and Culture in order to lay the foundation for their JUS education. Tier One courses cannot be counted toward the JUS major.

General Education: Tier Two - Tier Two courses cannot be used to fulfill both General Education requirements and JUS requirements.

Humanities Requirement - The Humanities requirement is satisfied by course work completed for the JUS major.  JUS offers five Humanities courses, JUS 301, 325, 372A, 372B and 376. JUS offers two Individuals and Societies courses, JUS 370A and 370B.

Diversity Emphasis - JUS majors may use JUS 325, 370A,370B, 372A, 372B or JUS 376 to fulfill their requirement for Diversity Emphasis Courses: Gender, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation or Non-Western Area Studies.


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