The Schusterman Center for Judaic & Israel Studies

Alan T. Levenson, Director
455 W. Lindsey, Room 403A
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
Phone: (405) 325-6508
FAX: (405) 325-6521
Internet: http://judaicstudies.ou.edu
email: katyhall@ou.edu

Faculty Roster 

Professors Levenson, Shepkaru; Associate Professors Kritz, Schapkow; Assistant Professor Grinberg, Seidelman, Lewental.

Degree Offered 


General Information

The Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at OU offers an exceptionally wide variety of courses, including Jewish history in all periods and places, Hebrew Language and Literature at all levels, the Bible and Its Interpretation, Israel Studies, the Holocaust/Genocide, Jewish Literature in translation, as well as anthropological, sociological, and political perspectives on the Jewish experience.

Judaic Studies explores the history and culture of the Jewish people over a period of four millennia in the Land of Israel and in the Diaspora (Dispersion) through the tools of the humanities and the social sciences. The field began as an academic discipline in Europe during the nineteenth century and developed within universities and research centers the world over during the twentieth and twenty-first. Israel Studies is a much more recent field dedicated to interpreting the culture, politics and society of the modern State of Israel.

Scholarships and Financial Aid 

The Zarrow Family Scholarship for Judaic Studies is open to any individual who, having completed at least three Judaic Studies and/or Hebrew courses, is a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student of the University of Oklahoma during the period in which application is made. Preference will be given to declared majors or minors in Judaic Studies or minors in Hebrew. Applicants must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average in the minor on a scale of 4.0. The overall grade point average may also be taken into consideration by the selection committee as well as the number of completed hours in the major and/or minors. Any eligible, deserving undergraduate or graduate student is qualified for either an initial award or a subsequent award if, in the opinion of the selection committee, the student is making satisfactory progress toward graduation.

The Esther Rose Shnier XI Chapter of Sigma Delta Tau Scholarship offers two Shnier Scholarships. The scholarships are open to any individual who, having completed at least 30 credit hours of college coursework, is a full-time, regularly enrolled student of the University of Oklahoma during the period in which application is made, and who has officially declared a major or minor in Judaic Studies and/or a minor in Hebrew. Applicants must have maintained a 3.0 grade average on a scale of 4.0 in Judaic Studies/Hebrew courses. The number of completed hours in the major or minors will also be taken into consideration by the selection committee. Any eligible, deserving undergraduate student is qualified for either an initial award or a subsequent award if, in the opinion of the selection committee, the student is making satisfactory progress toward graduation and the student needs supplemental financial assistance. Applicants will be chosen chiefly on college performance with financial need assuming a secondary role.

Study in Israel Scholarships are offered for semester-long or summer study abroad programs in Israel. The scholarships are open to full-time University of Oklahoma undergraduate and graduate students during the period for which application is made. Students must have completed a minimum of 15 hours of college coursework. Priority will be given to graduate students concentrating in Jewish History and undergraduate students who have officially declared a major or a minor in Judaic Studies or a minor in Hebrew. Applicants must have maintained a 3.0 GPA in Jewish History, Judaic Studies or Hebrew courses and a 2.5 GPA overall.

Presidential International Travel Fellowship is a scholarship created by OU President David L. Boren to support international travel for study abroad. Student awards will be given on a competitive basis to qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by other channels.

The Rosalyn W. Price Memorial Scholarship is open to any individual who is a full-time, regularly enrolled student of the University of Oklahoma majoring in Judaic Studies. Applicants must have maintained a 2.8 grade point average on a scale of 4.0. The overall grade point average may also be taken into consideration by the selection committee as well as the number of completed hours in the major. Any eligible, deserving undergraduate or graduate student is qualified for either an initial award or a subsequent award if, in the opinion of the selection committee, the student is making satisfactory progress toward graduation.

The Carrie Jacobi Educational Foundation Scholarship is offered to Jewish high school and college students who have been accepted to or are attending accredited educational institutions. Grants are offered once every four years.

Undergraduate Study 


Bachelor of Arts 

The Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies provides students with: a solid grounding in the history and culture of one of the seminal components of modern civilization; in-depth familiarity with one of the most significant countries of the Middle East; and proficiency in the language of present-day Israel and of Jewish historical creativity. 

The Judaic Studies major requires a 33-credit-hour core of courses in addition to completion of four semesters of Hebrew language credits (16 credit hours). 

Core CoursesHIST 3973, History of Judaism, and four courses (12 credit hours) chosen from a list of approved courses.

Major Electives: five courses (15 credit hours) chosen from a list of approved courses must also be completed. 

Senior Capstone requirement (3 credit hours) must be chosen from approved courses. 

Major Support Requirements: 

Students must complete the following language courses for a total of 16 hours: 
HEBR 1115 Beginning Hebrew; HEBR 1225 Beginning Hebrew continued; HEBR 2113 Intermediate Hebrew; HEBR 2213 Topics in Hebrew Grammar. (Requirement waived with demonstrated proficiency of language.) 

MINOR IN JUDAIC & Israel STUDIES 

The minor consists of 15-19 hours, including 9 hours at the upper-division level. HIST 3973 is required, plus 4 additional courses (12-16 hours) selected from a list of approved courses. 

Graduate Study 

Students who wish to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree with an emphasis in Judaic history may do so through the graduate programs offered in the Department of History