Major & Minor Requirements

Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies

Major

Two Tracks

Students who wish to major in Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies will select one of two tracks: Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies or Modern Middle Eastern Studies.

Units required: 24 advanced, in addition to prerequisites

Prerequisites for Both Tracks

  • 100- and 200-level language (Arabic or Hebrew), by course work or by placement
    (A student who skips the first four semesters of Arabic courses by placement must successfully complete L75 307D Advanced Arabic I. A student who skips the first four semesters of Hebrew courses by placement must successfully complete L75 320D Third Level Modern Hebrew I or L75 3841 Intro to Biblical Hebrew. Students who complete the third level language course with a grade of B- or better will receive 6 units of back credit.)
  • L75 JIMES 210C Introduction to Islamic Civilization AND L75 JIMES 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
    (Students with substantial prior course work may substitute an additional upper-level course with permission of their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies.)

Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies Track Requirements

  • At least 3 credits in 300- and 400-level Jewish studies or Hebrew literature courses
  • At least 3 credits in 300- and 400-level Islamic studies or Arabic literature courses
  • 15 credits in 300- and 400-level JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes
  • 3 credits in the departmental capstone course to be taken during the senior year
    (Students may take this course during their junior year with permission of their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies.)

Modern Middle Eastern Studies Track Requirements

  • 15 credits in 300- and 400-level JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes
  • 3 to 6 credits in 300- and 400-level courses that are pertinent to the modern Middle East that may be home-based outside of the department (i.e., home-based in Anthropology, History, International and Area Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, and so on)
  • At least 3 credits in 300- and 400-level premodern Middle Eastern studies courses
  • 3 credits in the departmental capstone course to be taken during the senior year
    (Students may take this course during their junior year with permission of their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies.)

Additional Information

  • Students enrolled in preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester can earn a maximum of 9 credits subject to review by their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies. Summer programs and transfer courses can be granted as many as 6 credits subject to review by the student's adviser and the director of undergraduate studies. A limit of 9 credits in total can be applied to the major, whether the credits are earned in study abroad or summer programs or via transfer credit. For more information about preapproved study abroad programs, please visit the Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies Study Abroad Program website.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the major. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward the prerequisites or the major.
  • A student may request credit for courses taken outside of the department (other than those that are cross-listed) by seeking the permission of the director of undergraduate studies and the department chair.
  • To be eligible to write a senior thesis, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.65 through the sixth semester. Senior thesis writers should sign up for an appropriate 3-credit course during both the fall and spring semesters. (The 6 credits from these courses can be applied to the primary area of study.)

Minor

Students who wish to minor in Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies will select one of two tracks: Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies or Modern Middle Eastern Studies.

Units required: 18

Comparative Jewish and Islamic Studies Track Requirements

  • L75 JIMES 210C Introduction to Islamic Civilization OR L75 JIMES 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
  • At least 3 credits in 300- or 400-level Islamic studies or Arabic language and literature courses
  • At least 3 credits in 300- or 400-level Jewish studies or Hebrew language and literature courses
  • 9 credits in 300- or 400-level JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes

Modern Middle Eastern Studies Track Requirements

  • L75 JIMES 210C Introduction to Islamic Civilization OR L75 JIMES 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
  • 12 credits in 300- or 400-level modern Middle Eastern studies courses
  • At least 3 credits in 300- or 400-level premodern Middle Eastern studies courses

Additional Information

  • Students enrolled in preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester, in summer programs, and in transfer courses can earn a maximum of 3 units subject to review by their adviser and the director of undergraduate study.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the minor. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward the prerequisites or the minor.
  • A student may request credit for courses taken outside of the department (other than those that are cross-listed) by seeking the permission of the director of undergraduate studies and the department chair.

Arabic

Major

Units required: 24 advanced, in addition to prerequisites

Prerequisites:

  • 100- and 200-level Arabic, by course work or by placement
    (A student who skips the first four semesters of Arabic courses by placement must successfully complete L75 307D Advanced Arabic I. Students who complete the third level language course with a grade of B- or better will receive 6 units of back credit.)
  • L49 ARAB 210F Introduction to Islamic Civilization AND L49 ARAB 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
    (Students with substantial prior course work may substitute an additional upper-level course with permission of their advisor and the director of undergraduate studies.)

Requirements:

  • 12 credits in 300- and 400-level language courses
  • 6 credits in 300- and 400-level other JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes
  • At least 3 credits in 300- and 400-level courses in a JIMES culture other than that of the selected language tradition
  • 3 credits in a departmental capstone course to be taken during the senior year
    (Students may take this course during their junior year with permission of their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies.)

Additional Information

  • Students enrolled in preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester can earn a maximum of 9 credits subject to review by their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies. Summer programs and transfer courses can be granted as many as 6 credits subject to review by the student's adviser and the director of undergraduate studies. A limit of 9 credits in total can be applied to the major, whether the credits are earned in study abroad or summer programs or via transfer credit. For more information about preapproved study abroad programs, please visit the Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies Study Abroad Program website.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the major. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward the prerequisites or the major.
  • A student may request credit for courses taken outside of the department (other than those that are cross-listed) by seeking the permission of the director of undergraduate studies and the department chair.
  • To be eligible to write a senior thesis, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.65 through the sixth semester. Senior thesis writers should sign up for an appropriate 3-credit course during both the fall and spring semesters. (The 6 credits from these courses can be applied to the primary area of study.)

Minor

Units required: 18, in addition to prerequisites

Prerequisites:

  • Both semesters of 100-level Arabic, by course work or by placement
    (Students who place into and complete higher levels of language courses may be eligible to receive back credit. Please see the department’s policy on back credit.)

Requirements:

  • L49 ARAB 210F Introduction to Islamic Civilization OR L49 ARAB 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
  • 9 credits in 300- or 400-level JIMES courses in Arabic language
  • 6 credits in 300- or 400-level other JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes

Additional Information

  • Students enrolled in preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester, in summer programs, and in transfer courses can earn a maximum of 3 units subject to review by their adviser and the director of undergraduate study.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the minor. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward the prerequisites or the minor.
  • A student may request credit for courses taken outside of the department (other than those that are cross-listed) by seeking the permission of the director of undergraduate studies and the department chair.

Hebrew

Major

Units required: 24 advanced, in addition to prerequisites

Prerequisites:

  • 100- and 200-level Hebrew, by course work or by placement
    (A student who skips the first four semesters of Hebrew courses by placement must successfully complete L75 320D Third Level Modern Hebrew I or L75 3841 Intro to Biblical Hebrew. Students who complete the third level language course with a grade of B- or better will receive 6 units of back credit.)
  • L74 HBRW 210C Introduction to Islamic Civilization AND L74 HBRW 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
    (Students with substantial prior course work may substitute an additional upper-level course with permission of their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies.)

Requirements:

  • 12 credits in 300- and 400-level language courses
  • 6 credits in 300- and 400-level other JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes
  • At least 3 credits at the 300- and 400-level courses in a JIMES culture other than that of the selected language tradition
  • 3 credits in a departmental capstone course to be taken during the senior year
    (Students may take this course during their junior year with permission of their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies.)

Additional Information

  • Students enrolled in preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester can earn a maximum of 9 credits subject to review by their adviser and the director of undergraduate studies. Summer programs and transfer courses can be granted as many as 6 credits subject to review by the student's adviser and the director of undergraduate studies. A limit of 9 credits in total can be applied to the major, whether the credits are earned in study abroad or summer programs or via transfer credit. For more information about preapproved study abroad programs, please visit the Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies Study Abroad Program website.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the major. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward the prerequisites or the major.
  • A student may request credit for courses taken outside of the department (other than those that are cross-listed) by seeking the permission of the director of undergraduate studies and the department chair.
  • To be eligible to write a senior thesis, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.65 through the sixth semester. Senior thesis writers should sign up for an appropriate 3-credit course during both the fall and spring semesters. (The 6 credits from these courses can be applied to the primary area of study.)

Minor

Units required: 18, in addition to prerequisites

Prerequisites:

  • Both semesters of 100-level Hebrew, by course work or by placement
    (Students who place into and complete higher levels of language courses may be eligible to receive back credit. Please see the department’s policy on back credit.)

Requirements:

  • L74 HBRW 210C Introduction to Islamic Civilization OR L74 HBRW 208F Introduction to Jewish Civilization: History and Identity
  • 9 credits in 300- or 400-level JIMES courses in Hebrew language
  • 6 credits in 300- or 400-level other JIMES courses, distributed as the student wishes

Additional Information

  • Students enrolled in preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester, in summer programs, and in transfer courses can earn a maximum of 3 units subject to review by their adviser and the director of undergraduate study.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the minor. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward the prerequisites or the minor.
  • A student may request credit for courses taken outside of the department (other than those that are cross-listed) by seeking the permission of the director of undergraduate studies and the department chair.

South Asian Languages and Cultures

Minor

Units required: 18, in addition to prerequisites

Prerequisites:

  • Both semesters of 100-level Hindi or Urdu, by course work or by placement
    (Students who place into and complete higher levels of language courses may be eligible to receive back credit. Please see the department’s policy on back credit.)

Requirements:

  • L73 HINDI 210C Introduction to Islamic Civilization OR L73 HINDI 3171 Religions and Cultures in South and Southeast Asia
  • 9 credits in 300- or 400-level Hindi or Urdu language courses
  • 6 credits in 300- or 400-level South Asian studies or South Asian literature and culture courses, distributed as the student wishes

Additional Information

  • Students enrolled in preapproved Washington University study abroad programs during the regular academic semester, in summer programs, and in transfer courses can earn a maximum of 3 units subject to review by their adviser and the director of undergraduate study.
  • Students must maintain an average of B in all courses for the minor. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each language course in order to advance to the next level.
  • No course taken pass/fail can count toward the prerequisites or the minor.
  • A student may request credit for courses taken outside of the department (other than those that are cross-listed) by seeking the permission of the director of undergraduate studies and the department chair.