The Department Program:
The BA degree of the department of Jewish thought seeks to give a broad basis in the history of Jewish thought and a comprehensive knowledge of one or two areas of scholarship.
The areas of study:
1. Jewish and Hellenistic thought in the second commonwealth era; 2. Jewish philosophy in the middle ages and in the renaissance; 3. Jewish mysticism from classic till modern times; 4. Modern and contemporary Jewish thought (e.g., nationalism and religious streams).
The analytic tools to understand these materials are the historical description, philological analysis, and the philosophical understanding through which these materials may by understood along a wide spectrum.
In the framework of the Jewish Thought Department advanced studies are also offered.
The BA degree requires 57 credits (as a major field) and 32 credits (as a minor field for student from the humanities faculty) or 48 credits (from other faculties).
Our curriculum for First Year students is very structured: (1) Introduction to Jewish Thought, (2) Greek Philosophy in Relation to Jewish Thought, (3) Modern Philosophy in Relation to Jewish Thought, (4) Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed, (5) The Zohar, and (6) Bibliographical Guidance. Other courses are selected by students on the basis of their interests in relationship to their chosen field. Every student should write two seminar papers during his B.A. study in two different fields.
In the MA degree there are two programs: A non-research program (without MA thesis) and a research program (with MA thesis). The non-research program requires: 1. A total of 40 credits; 2. A MA course: Introduction to Talmud; 3. Two seminar papers; 4. Three final examinations in different fields. The research program requires: 1. A total of 28 credits; 2. A second foreign language relevant to the research area (a choice between: Classical Greek, Latin, classical Arabic, Yiddish, French and German); 3. A MA course: Introduction to Talmud; 4. A seminar paper; 5. Two final examinations in different fields; 6. MA thesis.