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Academic Regulations



Brandeis Bulletin

The Bulletin is the listing of course offerings by department and details institutional policies, academic requirements, and general information regarding the undergraduate and graduate schools at Brandeis University.

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Foundational Requirement

Judaic Studies and Hebrew Language Track

1. NEJS 5a Foundational Course in Judaic Studies

A survey of the Jewish experience and thought, focusing on the varieties of historical Judaism, including its classical forms, its medieval patterns and transformations, and its modern options.

2. Students may successfully complete three of the following five Foundational Sequence Courses instead of NEJS 5a to complete their Foundational Requirement:

  • NEJS 111a (The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament)
  • NEJS 127a (Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism)
  • NEJS 140a (Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages)
  • NEJS 140b (Early Modern Jewish History)
  • NEJS 135a (The Modern Jewish Experience)

These courses may also count toward the three chronological period distribution requirement. However, if all three courses are also applied toward the chronological distribution, one additional NEJS elective must be taken so that a total of 8 distinct NEJS courses are taken.

3. Students may take an exemption exam in place of NEJS 5a. The placement exam is given twice a year, during the first two weeks of each semester. The exam will be given at one time only, in a proctored setting, and its date will be announced at least one month in advance. The version of the exam given in any year will be that of the NEJS faculty member teaching the course that academic year, who will also grade the exam. Students may take the exam no more than twice. Students who pass the exam (with a B- or higher) will be exempted from NEJS 5a, but will not receive course credit, and will be required to take an additional course instead of NEJS 5a. To register for the exam, email or call Joanne Arnish at (781) 736-2950.

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Learning Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities that are documented as presenting difficulties in learning Hebrew may major in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies by:

  1. Completing a Hebrew 40 course. This course and all other Hebrew language courses may be taken on a credit/noncredit basis, and must be passed.
  2. Completing a course taught in English on classical Hebrew texts.
  3. Completing a course taught in English on modern Hebrew literary texts.

Courses in Nos. 2 and 3 may not count toward any other departmental requirement.

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Transfer Credit

Learn more about requesting credit for courses taken at other universities.

Transfer credit forms from University Registrar.