Near Eastern Languages and Cultures / Undergraduate Study

Jewish Studies BA

Learning Outcomes

The Jewish Studies major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated written and oral mastery of the Hebrew language
  • Demonstrated specific skills and expertise, including research, analysis, and writing
  • Ability to read texts in Arabic and analyze the language and cultural context
  • Identification, evaluation, and analysis of historical monuments, periods in time, vocabulary, concepts, and historical figures

Preparation for the Major

Required: Jewish Studies M10 or two courses selected from Ancient Near East 10W, Middle Eastern Studies M50A, M50B, 50C and demonstrated proficiency equivalent to level 3 at UCLA in one foreign language (Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew) in consultation with the department.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Jewish Studies major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory course prior to admission to UCLA: one social, cultural, and religious institutions of Judaism course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Eleven courses, including (1) three selected from Hebrew 102A, 102B, 102C, 103A, 103B, 103C, 110A, 110B, 111A, 111B, 111C, 120, 125, 130, 135, C140 — students may substitute another upper-division language (Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Ladino, Yiddish) if they can demonstrate its integral role in their specific course of study, (2) two courses selected from Jewish Studies M182A, M182B, M182C, M184A, and (3) six elective courses selected from Hebrew or Jewish studies or from Ancient Near East M135, 162, English 111A, 111C, German 109, History 191F, Iranian 130, 131, Political Science 121A, 132A, M132B, Semitics 130, Study of Religion 120, Yiddish 101A, 101B, 101C, 102A, 102B, 102C, 121A, 121B, 121C, 130, 131A, 131B, 131C.

Students are encouraged to take a research tutorial within Jewish Studies 197 or 199. A maximum of two 197 or 199 courses (8 units total) may be applied toward the major.

Study in Israel

Students are encouraged to spend up to one year in Israel either to (1) study with an education abroad program or (2) study at an Israeli university. For information on studying in Israel, contact the Education Abroad Program, 1332 Murphy Hall, 310-825-4889.