Fields of Study
Jewish Studies (M.A.)

The Program in Jewish Studies announces the offering of a Master of Arts degree through the Graduate Department of Religion, a division within the Graduate School of Vanderbilt University.

The Masters degree requires 24 hours and may be pursued via various interdisciplinary programs such as the human sciences, historical and literary studies, philosophical descriptions and analyses, and theological and ethical interpretations. The course of study includes two (2) tracks:

1. General M.A. in Jewish Studies provides an opportunity for an individually crafted study of Judaism based on personal interest and goal. This is a fine vehicle through which to gain a studied understanding of Judaism as a religious and cultural phenomenon as well as to develop insight on its role in human life and experience. Aside from permitting exploration of personal interests, this degree will strengthen credentials for those wishing to acquire degrees enhancing their teaching skills.

2. M.A. in Jewish Studies addresses those who wish to sample graduate work in Jewish Studies, with the expectation that they might matriculate elsewhere in a doctoral degree.  Students who apply for this degree can expect to deepen their preparation in Jewish studies and to strengthen their credentials for application to other programs.

DEGREE OVERVIEW
    General M.A. in Jewish Studies M.A. in Jewish Studies  
  Students Those who are interested in serious study in the fields of Judaica for their personal or professional enrichment. Those preparing themselves to do academic research in Jewish Studies  
  Prerequisites Knowledge of Intermediate Modern Hebrew is prerequisite and is available on a non-credit basis for those who need it. • Knowledge of Intermediate Modern Hebrew
• A broad background in Jewish history and civilization
 
  Requirements
(24 hours)
• Foundational Course (3 hours)
• Focus Courses (15 hours)
• Thesis (no credit)
• 1 modern foreign research language (GDR requirement)
• Foundational Course (3 hours)
• Focus Courses (15 hours)
• Minor (6 hours)
• Thesis (no credit)
• 1 modern foreign research language (GDR requirement)
 
         
REQUIREMENTS
    General M.A. in Jewish Studies M.A. in Jewish Studies  
  Foundational Course
(3 Hours)
JS 210: Major Themes in Jewish Studies JS 210: Major Themes in Jewish Studies  
  Focus Courses
(21/15 hours)
Graduate-level courses with a minimum of one from each of the following sub-fields of study (see Catalogue or Internet listing):

• Biblical Studies
• Antiquity and Medieval Thought
• Modern and Contemporary Experience
• Culture, Philosophy, and Literature
Graduate-level courses with a minimum of three courses from one of the following sub-fields of study, two of which must be text-centered, and a minimum of one course from each of the other two sub-fields (see Catalogue or Internet listing):

• Antiquity and Medieval Thought
• Modern and Contemporary Experience
• Culture, Philosophy, and Literature
 
  Minor
(0/6 hours)
N/A Selected from any GDR or graduate field of studies and designed to complement area of specialty or methodology.  
For information concerning enrollment in the Graduate Department of Religion, please click here.

For range of graduate courses available in the MA in Jewish studies, please click here




 

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