The The Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies: History and Culture program is the newest and most distinguished Jewish Studies program in Central Europe. It emphasises the Jewish contribution and experience in Central Europe, and the practice of the humanities and social sciences.

With AAU’s international faculty of specialists, students learn practical as well as academic skills in research, communications, diplomacy, psychology, and social anthropology. This bachelor Jewish Studies program enhances cultural awareness. Students experience a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary curriculum that advances knowledge, skill, and understanding in Jewish history and culture.

New Courses in Jewish Studies in the 2015–2016 Academic Year

Anglo-American University offers two new courses in the upcoming academic year for Jewish Studies majors or students here for study abroad in Fall or Spring semester:

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the B.A. in Jewish Studies: History and Culture program can expect to:

  • Have an active knowledge of major ideas, concepts, and issues in the study of Jewish history, culture, and identity
  • Have basic proficiency in the modern Hebrew language
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of historical and current anti-Semitism, as well as events connected to the Holocaust
  • Be able to conduct research and synthesize information in the humanities, philosophy, religion and religious worldviews, politics, history, and sociology
  • Communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English; our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex problems and solutions to international audiences

Practical Learning

The B.A. in Humanities, Society and Culture is a full-time study program.

Full-time: Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.

  • 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
  • 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits

Your Degree & After

Degree Awarded

Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Bachelors degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the United States, per AAU's accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Bakalář (Bc.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.

Career Prospects

Our graduates are prepared for success in cultural management, reporting, or diplomacy, humanitarian government and nonprofit organizations, education, social research and publishing, and various forms of print and web media. Our graduates are able to decisively practice their skills in intercultural communication, psychology, and sociological concepts in any field they choose to pursue.

Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.

Access to Master’s Studies

AAU graduates are sought after in master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.

Program Structure

General Education Courses

  • Composition II
  • Introduction to Economic Thought
  • Central European History
  • Intro to Law
  • Introduction to Politics I / Political Philosophy I
  • Social Psychology / Psychology of Aggression
  • Introd. to Sociology / Social Anthropology / 20th Century Social Theory

Required courses – General

  • Hebrew I
  • Hebrew II
  • Introduction to Jewish Studies
  • History of the Jews: From the Beginnings to the Modern Israel
  • History of Jewish Legal Tradition
  • Jewish History and Culture
  • Jewish Philosophy
  • Jewish Religious Beliefs and Practices
  • Advanced Seminar on Holocaust

Required courses – focused on Central Europe

  • The Jewish Experience in Central Europe
  • Jewish Literature in Central Europe
  • Jewish History in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Jewish Art and Architecture in Central Europe
  • Jewish Prague
  • The Jewish Community in the Czech Republic After World War II

Electives

  • Hebrew III
  • Hebrew IV
  • Elementary German I
  • Elementary German II
  • Intermediate German I
  • Intermediate German II
  • Jews and Gypsies in Modern Europe: Re-invention of Difference in the Age of Homogenization
  • Memory and Genocide
  • Advanced Seminar on Kafka
  • Comparative Law – Jewish, Canonical and Islamic Legal Traditions
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • History of Antisemitism
  • Nations and Nationalism

Other Requirements

  • Internship/Practicum
  • Thesis Seminar
  • BA Thesis

More Information

Exam and Assessment Regulation

AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex

Accreditation
The B.A. in Jewish Studies: History and Culture was accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on April 20, 2012 thereby qualifying graduates to apply for master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic and other EU countries, the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world.

Study Abroad
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.

Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available.