Judaic Studies, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B615

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
Core Courses
HIST 3973Judaism - A Religious History3
Choose four of the following:12
The History of Ancient Israel
Topics in United States History
Topics in Middle Eastern History (Modern Jewish History)
From Zionism to Modern Israel
HIST 3983
Major Electives
Choose five courses from the Judaic Studies Major Electives course list15
Capstone
Choose one of the following:3
Undergraduate Seminar in History (Militant Religion in the Middle East)
Undergraduate Seminar in History (Jewish Historiography)
Total Credit Hours33

Major Support Requirements

HEBR 1115Beginning Hebrew5
HEBR 1225Beginning Hebrew (continued)5
HEBR 2113Intermediate Hebrew3
HEBR 2213Intermediate Hebrew II3
Total Credit Hours16

Judaic Studies Major Elective Course List

ANTH 4953Special Topics in Anthropology3
ENGL 3653The Bible as Literature3
HEBR 3113Advanced Hebrew3
HIST 2013Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations3
HIST 3120Topics in Modern European History (History of the Holocaust)1-5
HIST 3203Transformation of Jews3
HIST 3293Antisemitism3
HIST 3313Israeli Culture Through Film3
HIST 3413The History of Ancient Israel3
HIST 3430Topics in United States History (American Jewish History)1-5
HIST 3500Special Topics in History (Historical Study of Religion)1-6
HIST 3733History of Heaven and Hell in Judaism and Christianity3
HIST 3950Topics in Middle Eastern History (Archaeology of Israel)1-3
HIST 3950Topics in Middle Eastern History (Jews Under Islam)1-3
HIST 3950Topics in Middle Eastern History (Mideast Minorities in Modern Times)1-3
HIST 3950Topics in Middle Eastern History (Modern Jewish History)1-3
HIST 3960Honors Reading1-3
HIST 3963From Zionism to Modern Israel3
HIST 3980Honors Research1-3
HIST 3993The Evolution of Martyrdom in the Judeo-Christian Civilization3
HIST 4003Jews and Other Germans3
HIST 4990Independent Study1-3
MLLL 3063Survey of Jewish Literature from Antiquity to the Present3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of History, Center for Judaic and Israel Studies academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Judaic Studies major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
HEBR 1115 Beginning Hebrew (Core I) 5
Math (Core I) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 1
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
HEBR 1225 Beginning Hebrew (continued) (Core I) 5
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
HEBR 2113 Intermediate Hebrew 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Social Science (Core III) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
HEBR 2213 Intermediate Hebrew II 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior
First Semester
HIST 3973 Judaism - A Religious History (Core IV-World Culture) 3
Judaic Studies Core Course 1 3
Judaic Studies Major Elective 1 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Judaic Studies Core Course 1 3
Judaic Studies Major Elective 1 3
Judaic Studies Major Elective 1 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
Judaic Studies Core Course 1 3
Judaic Studies Major Elective 1 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Judaic Studies Capstone 3
Judaic Studies Core Course 1 3
Judaic Studies Major Elective 1 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120