Jewish Studies, Modern

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
Our faculty are dedicated mentors and teachers.
Our class sizes allow for extensive engagement with your peers and faculty.
The degree articulates all of the general goals of the University’s mission statement.
It also provides a necessary step towards advanced degrees in the humanities, and a wide array of professions. 
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? N/A
When should I first meet with my major department? Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor during the first two weeks of classes. After that meeting, students will be added both to the department and majors and minors listservs. The listservs are important because they apprise students of special events for majors and minors, like “breakfast with the chair,” “afternoon coffeehouse,”  and other social activities. 
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? All tenure-track faculty are major advisors. Students can choose their advisor in the department; however, should the student not choose, the chair of the department becomes the advisor automatically. 
Where can I find information about major advising? In the Bulletin and on the Department website (
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Due to our class sizes, this can be a problem. If a specific core course is unavailable, the chair will look at JS electives to substitute for the missing course. 
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Our Department reaches out to a diverse set of Jewish and non-Jewish constituencies. Thus students should expect to find a wide range of scholarly, cultural, and social events aimed at the plurality of student life on campus. 

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
JS 437, Holocaust and Literature
JS 449, American Jewish History or JS 632 Jewish History 1
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? JS 280 Intro to Jewish Studies is not a prerequisite, but it is a core course offered in the Fall.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? JS 280, Intro to Jewish Studies.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? No.




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