Students may file an application for admission to the honors program in the second semester of the sophomore year or in the junior year. Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to the University.
The minimum requirements for admission include completion of at least 12 credits of course work applicable to the major, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25, and a minimum 3.50 grade point average for all courses applicable toward the major.
Students in the program are required to complete all of the requirements for the major in Judaic studies. During the fall semester (preferably in the senior year) students need to complete JST 495, Colloquium in Judaic Studies. In addition, 6-12 credits of intensive work culminating in a major project must be satisfactorily completed. This project will begin as a research paper in a 300 or 400 level course, including the colloquium, and will be completed through 3 or 4 credits of independent study. The honors committee will rule on the acceptability of the project at the end of the initial course (for which a grade of I is unacceptable) and will assign a faculty member, usually one selected by the student, to supervise the completion of the project. The project will be formally evaluated by the end of the third quarter of the senior year and will be submitted in final form by the end of the fourth quarter before the examination period.
Students in the honors program are required to maintain overall grade point averages of 3.25 or higher during the junior and senior years and overall grade point averages of 3.50 or higher for all courses applicable toward the major. Students not meeting the above standards may be precluded from continuing in the program.
After completion of the above requirements, the records of the candidate will be reviewed by the faculty, which will recommend candidates for the degree with honors in Judaic Studies.