Major & Minor Requirements

Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies

Major

Three Tracks

Students who wish to major in Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies will select one of three tracks: Islamic studies, Jewish studies, or comparative Jewish and Islamic studies.

Prerequisites

  • 2 years language (Arabic, Hebrew) by coursework or by placement. (A student who skips the first four semesters by placement must successfully complete fifth semester)

For Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies majors: 2 years of one language (Arabic or Hebrew) and 1 year of the other language (Arabic or Hebrew). (A student who skips the initial semesters by placement must successfully complete an additional semester)

  • Introduction to Islamic Civ and Introduction to Jewish Civ.  (Students with substantial prior coursework may substitute an additional upper-level course with permission of advisor and DUS).

Requirements

24 upper level (3xx or 4xx) credits, including:

  • 3 credits in departmental capstone course to be taken senior year. (Students may take it junior year with permission of advisor and DUS).

AND

  • 21 credits as follows:

Islamic Studies or Jewish Studies majors

  • 15-18 credits in the primary culture
  • 3 - 6 credits in another culture

Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies majors

  • 9 credits in Jewish Studies
  • 9 credits in Islamic Studies
  • 3 credits elective units, chosen in consultation with the major advisor

Additional Information

  • Students are encouraged to take courses distributed in each of the following areas: Literature and culture, history, and religion
  • Senior Thesis writers should sign up for an appropriate 3 credit course in the fall and in the spring. (The 6 credits can be applied to the primary area of study).
  • For MAJORS: Student enrolled in Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester can earn a maximum of 9 credits subject to review by their advisor and the DUS. Summer programs and transfer courses can be granted as many as 6 credits subject to review by their advisor and the DUS. A limit of 9 credits in total can be applied to the major, whether the credits are earned in study abroad, summer programs, or transfer credit.  For more information on preapproved study abroad programs, please visit the Overseas Programs website.
  • For MINORS: Preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester, summer programs, and transfer courses can earn a maximum of 3 units subject to review by the adviser and the DUS.
  • No credit will be given for courses taken outside the department other than those which are cross-listed.
  • To be eligible to write a senior thesis, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.65 through the sixth semester.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the major. A grade of B- must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward either the prerequisites or the major.

Minor: Jewish Studies Track

Required courses (18 Credits)

  • Intro to Jewish Civilization.
  • 12 credit units from 300 or 400 level courses in Jewish studies, Hebrew language and literatures.
  • 3 credit units from 300 or 400 level course in Islamic studies, Arabic languages and literatures.

Minor: Islamic Studies Track

Required courses (18 Credits)

  • Intro to Islamic Civilization.
  • 12 credit units from 300 or 400 level courses in Islamic studies, Arabic languages and literatures.
  • 3 credit units from 300 or 400 level courses in Jewish studies, Hebrew language and literatures.

Minor: Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies Track

Required courses (18 Credits)

  • Intro to Islamic Civilization.
  • Intro to Jewish Civilization.
  • 6 credit units from 300 or 400 level courses in Islamic studies, Arabic languages and literatures.
  • 6 credit units from 300 or 400 level courses in Jewish studies, Hebrew language and literatures.

Additional Information

  • Students are encouraged to take courses distributed in each of the following areas: Literature and culture, history, and religion
  • Senior Thesis writers should sign up for an appropriate 3 credit course in the fall and in the spring. (The 6 credits can be applied to the primary area of study).
  • For MAJORS: Student enrolled in Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester can earn a maximum of 9 credits subject to review by their advisor and the DUS. Summer programs and transfer courses can be granted as many as 6 credits subject to review by their advisor and the DUS. A limit of 9 credits in total can be applied to the major, whether the credits are earned in study abroad, summer programs, or transfer credit.  For more information on preapproved study abroad programs, please visit the Overseas Programs website: http://overseas.wustl.edu/study-abroad.

Arabic

Major

Prerequisites

  1. 2 years language (Arabic) by coursework or by placement. (A student who skips the first four semesters by placement must successfully complete fifth semester)
  2. Introduction to Islamic Civ and Introduction to Jewish Civ.  (Students with substantial prior coursework may substitute an additional upper-level course with permission of advisor and DUS).

Requirements

24 upper level (3xx or 4xx) credits, including:

  • 3 credits in departmental capstone course to be taken senior year. (Students may take it junior year with permission of advisor and DUS).

AND

  • 21 credits as follows:

For:

Language Majors (Arabic):

  • 12 credits of upper level language (3xx or 4xx) courses
  • 6 credits in literature, society, history, culture, religion
  • 3 credits in another culture

(for Arabic – Jewish Studies, Hebrew, South Asian Studies, or Hindi)

Minor

Prerequisites

  • Arabic 107, 108 - whether by coursework or placement.

Required courses (18 Credits)

  • Intro to Islamic Civilization.
  • 9 credit units from 200, 300, or 400 level courses in Arabic language.
  • 6 credit units from 300 or 400 level courses in Islamic studies and Arabic literature and culture

Additional Information

  • Students are encouraged to take courses distributed in each of the following areas: Literature and culture, history, and religion
  • Senior Thesis writers should sign up for an appropriate 3 credit course in the fall and in the spring. (The 6 credits can be applied to the primary area of study).
  • For MAJORS: Student enrolled in Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester can earn a maximum of 9 credits subject to review by their advisor and the DUS. Summer programs and transfer courses can be granted as many as 6 credits subject to review by their advisor and the DUS. A limit of 9 credits in total can be applied to the major, whether the credits are earned in study abroad, summer programs, or transfer credit.  For more information on preapproved study abroad programs, please visit the Overseas Programs website: http://overseas.wustl.edu/study-abroad.
  • For MINORS: Preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester, summer programs, and transfer courses can earn a maximum of 3 units subject to review by the adviser and the DUS.
  • No credit will be given for courses taken outside the department other than those which are cross-listed.
  • To be eligible to write a senior thesis, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.65 through the sixth semester.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the major. A grade of B- must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward either the prerequisites or the major.

Hebrew

Major

Prerequisites

1. 2 years language (Hebrew) by coursework or by placement. (A student who skips the first four semesters by placement must successfully complete fifth semester)

2. Introduction to Islamic Civ and Introduction to Jewish Civ.  (Students with substantial prior coursework may substitute an additional upper-level course with permission of advisor and DUS).

Requirements

24 upper level (3xx or 4xx) credits, including:

  • 3 credits in departmental capstone course to be taken senior year. (Students may take it junior year with permission of advisor and DUS).

AND

  • 21 credits as follows:

For:

Language Majors (Hebrew):

  • 12 credits of upper level language (3xx or 4xx) courses
  • 6 credits in literature, society, history, culture, religion
  • 3 credits in another culture

(for Hebrew – Islamic Studies, Arabic, South Asian, or Hindi)

Minor

Prerequisites:

  • Hebrew 105, 106 (or 151) - whether by coursework or placement.

Required courses (18 Credits)

  • Intro to Jewish Civilization.
  • 9 credit units from 200, 300, or 400 level courses in Hebrew language.
  • 6 credit units from 300 or 400 level courses in Jewish studies and Hebrew literature and culture.

Additional Information

  • Students are encouraged to take courses distributed in each of the following areas: Literature and culture, history, and religion
  • Senior Thesis writers should sign up for an appropriate 3 credit course in the fall and in the spring. (The 6 credits can be applied to the primary area of study).
  • For MAJORS: Student enrolled in Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester can earn a maximum of 9 credits subject to review by their advisor and the DUS. Summer programs and transfer courses can be granted as many as 6 credits subject to review by their advisor and the DUS. A limit of 9 credits in total can be applied to the major, whether the credits are earned in study abroad, summer programs, or transfer credit.  For more information on preapproved study abroad programs, please visit the Overseas Programs website: http://overseas.wustl.edu/study-abroad.
  • For MINORS: Preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester, summer programs, and transfer courses can earn a maximum of 3 units subject to review by the adviser and the DUS.
  • No credit will be given for courses taken outside the department other than those which are cross-listed.
  • To be eligible to write a senior thesis, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.65 through the sixth semester.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the major. A grade of B- must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward either the prerequisites or the major.

South Asian Languages and Cultures

Minor

Prerequisites

  • Hindi: 111, 112 (or 151) - whether by coursework or placement.

Required courses (18 Credits)

  • Intro to Islamic Civilization (or another civilization course with advisor approval).
  • 9 credit units from or 200, 300, or 400 level courses in Hindi language.
  • 6 credit units from 300 or 400 level courses in South Asian studies or South Asian literature and culture.