Requirements for the Undergraduate Track in Yiddish Studies
First- and second-year Yiddish language courses emphasize spoken and written communication, and provide a basic introduction to Eastern European Jewish culture. Goals include mastery of the structure of the language and enough cultural understanding to interact comfortably with native speakers.
After second-year Yiddish language courses are completed, students should feel sufficiently comfortable to begin to work with Yiddish literature in the original. Upper-level undergraduate/graduate courses are designed to accommodate students with a range of Yiddish language experience, and intensive language summer study such as the Columbia/YIVO Summer Program is also encouraged for improvement in language acquisition and comprehension.
The goal is to provide students with reasonable proficiency in reading a variety of literary, philosophical, and historical texts in the original and, through this training, to provide them with a critical understanding of Yiddish-speaking culture and society. Students should plan their program of study with the director of undergraduate studies as early as possible.
Program of study: 30 points distributed as follows:
- At least three courses of intermediate/advanced language study (9 points)
- Two courses in Yiddish literature, at least one of which is not taught in translation (6 points)
- One course in the senior seminar or independent study (3 points)
- Four related courses, at least one of which is in medieval or modern Jewish history (12 points)
Senior Thesis: A senior thesis is required for the track in Yiddish Studies. Students interested in a senior thesis or research project may do so through independent study with a faculty member over one or two semesters.
Requirements for Yiddish Concentration
Program of study: 24 points distributed as follows:
- At least three courses of beginning/intermediate language study (9 points)
- Two courses in Yiddish literature (6 points)
- Three related courses, at least one of which is in medieval or modern Jewish history (9 points)