All Jewish students in Bar-Ilan University are required to take Judaic Studies credits in order to graduate. Non-Jewish students may take General Electives instead.

In addition, all undergraduate students who began their studies prior to October 2015 are required to take a minimum of 3 Judaic Studies credits must also complete the Fundamentals of Judaism Exam before graduating from Bar-Ilan.

Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate Student Requirements

In 2016, Bar-Ilan University changed the undergraduate requirements for Basic Judaic Studies.

In order to graduate undergrads (post October 2016) must take 10 academic creditsof Basic Judaic Studies in the following fields:

  • Tanach – 2 credits.
  • Talmud – 2 credits.
  • Jewish Philosophy or Toldot Yisrael – 2 credits.
  • Free Choice (from any of the above fields) – 4 credits.

New students who are majoring in Judaic Studies or Law are given a partial exemption from Judaic Studies, and must take the following:

  • Tanach: Talmud – 2 credits; Jewish Philosophy or Toldot Yisrael – 2 credits; Free Choice (not Tanach) – 6 credits.
  • Talmud/ Torah Shel Ba’al Peh: Tanach – 2 credits; Jewish Philosophy or Toldot Yisrael – 2 credits; Free Choice (not Talmud/ Torah Shel Ba’al Peh) – 2 credits.
  • Jewish Philosophy: Tanach – 2 credits; Talmud – 2 credits; Free Choice (not Jewish Philosophy) – 6 credits.
  • Toldot Yisrael, Israel Studies: Tanach – 2 credits; Talmud – 2 credits; Free Choice (not Toldot Yisrael or Israel Studies) – 6 credits.
  • Law: Tanach – 2 credits; Jewish Philosophy or Toldot Yisrael – 2 credits; Free Choice – 2 credits.
  • Hebrew Linguistics and Hebrew Literature majors must take the full 10 Basic Judaic Studies credit requirements.

Undergrads who began studying prior to October 2016 must take 14 academic credits of Basic Judaic Studies to graduate, as follows:

  • Tanach – 4 credits.
  • Talmud – 4 credits.
  • Jewish Philosophy or Toldot Yisrael – 2 credits
  • Free Choice (from any of the above fields) – 4 credits.

Students who are majoring in Judaic Studies or Law are given a partial exemption from Judaic Studies, and must take the following:

  • Tanach: Talmud – 4 credits; Jewish Philosophy or Toldot Yisrael – 2 credits; Free Choice – 4 credits.
  • Talmud/ Torah Shel Ba’al Peh: Tanach – 4 credits; Jewish Philosophy or Toldot Yisrael – 2 credits.
  • Jewish Philosophy: Tanach – 4 credits; Talmud – 4 credits; Free Choice (not Jewish Philosophy) – 4 credits.
  • Toldot Yisrael, Israel Studies, Eastern Jewry, Jewish Art: Tanach – 4 credits; Talmud – 4 credits; Free Choice (not Toldot Yisrael) – 4 credits.
  • Law: Tanach – 4 credits; Jewish Philosophy or Toldot Yisrael – 2 credits.
  • Hebrew Linguistics and Hebrew Literature majors must take the full 14 Basic Judaic Studies credit requirements.

Students in the Extended Major in Integrated Judaic Studies have a full exemption from Basic Judaic Studies prerequisites, and students studying in the Midrasha and Machon haGavoah l’Torah (Kollel) Programs are eligible for exemptions based on their amount of yearly study.

Additionally, students who studied previously in a gap-year Seminary or Yeshiva program are eligible for up to 4 credit exemptions for each year of study.

Graduate Requirements
Post-grad Requirements
Minor in Integrated Judaic Studies
Fundamentals of Judaism Exam
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