In Northeastern’s combined majors, students take courses in two disciplines culminating in a capstone course that bridges the two fields of study.
Jewish studies currently offers a defined combined major in Jewish studies and religion, as well as a pre-approved template that can be combined with templates of other departments and programs to create a wide variety of interdisciplinary programs of study. We will also consider additional combinations upon student request. See the Registrar’s website for more information on combined majors or contact Director of the program Lori Lefkovitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a detailed listing of the course requirements for the combined major in Jewish Studies and Religion, see the Northeastern University Catalog. Keep in mind that requirements are subject to change.
To declare a combined major in Jewish studies, please meet with Director of the program Lori Lefkovitz, the faculty advisor for Jewish studies, and Michaela Kinlock, the CSSH academic advisor for Jewish studies. For more information, see the CSSH website.
Students completing the combined major in Jewish Studies and Religion will be expected to fulfill the following learning goals:
Jewish Studies Learning Goals:
- Develop an understanding of the evolution and diversity of the Jewish textual tradition and Jewish thought, beliefs, and practices.
- Be able to identify and interpret major trends and events in Jewish history.
- Develop a nuanced understanding of diversity within Jewish communities and their cultures, traditions, and practices.
- Develop familiarity with the history of Zionism and the modern state of Israel.
- Be able to bring to bear interdisciplinary knowledge and methodologies in the study of the Jewish experience.
- Cultivate oral and written communication skills and the capacity to analyze primary and secondary sources in a variety of disciplines.
- Achieve basic reading and conversational competency in modern Hebrew.
Religious Studies Learning Goals:
- Will have facility in informed empathy as they approach the study of religions
- Will be able to read complex texts from a variety of traditions
- Will understand and be able to apply the methodological tools used in the study of religion including textual analysis, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion and comparative religions
- Will understand the basic features of Western, Eastern and indigenous religious traditions, be able to recognize the foundations of traditions and be able to compare them
- Will be able to analyze the interaction of religious views with institutions and cultures in which the traditions find themselves
- Will be able to understand and assess the ethics and praxis that arise in religions
- Will be able to write, think and verbally express interpretations and analysis