The Honors program in Jewish Studies is a senior year program open to majors with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of their junior year. Eligible students are contacted by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator during the summer before their senior year, at which time they must decide whether they want to enroll in the program.
However, because the crafting of an honors thesis can be such a lengthy process, a Jewish Studies major who is confident that he or she will be able to maintain a strong GPA through the completion of their junior year should begin the process and consult with faculty much earlier than the summer before their senior year when a formal invitation is sent to them.
To participate in the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Honors Program, students must:
(a) have a cumulative average of 3.50 at the end of their first three years of study, and
(b) come to an agreement with a member of the faculty of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, regarding the work to be done during the student’s senior year. Because of sabbatical leaves and other commitments, a faculty member may not be able to direct a thesis in a given year. Students interested in the Honors Program should be in contact with the faculty member(s) as early as possible.
Students will choose a thesis director from the faculty in the Tam Institute. In consultation with this director, students will choose two additional faculty members to serve on their Honors committee. The director will guide the student's independent research on a topic of the student's choosing. The student is encouraged to consult with the additional committee members, especially during the final semester of the work. The entire committee will judge the quality of the completed Honors Thesis and the student's defense of the thesis in an oral examination. A minimum of two successive semesters of Honors Directed Reading (JS 495R) is required for the Honors degree. The Department strongly encourages the student to find and take a graduate seminar related to the Honors topic, if available. The Honors committee must include one member from outside the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.
Successful Honors candidates are awarded the degree with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors. The degree of Honors is awarded for satisfactory completion of the Honors Program while High Honors are given for an outstanding achievement and Highest Honors for an exceptional performance of a quality suitable for publication.
Fourragères signifying honors are presented to qualifying graduating seniors to be worn at Commencement.
Recent undergraduate honors theses from students in the Tam Institute and affiliated departments include (with links to abstracts where available):
- "Bring Me the Sword!": A Comparative Analysis of How a Modern Day King Solomon Might Approach Assisted Reproductive Technologies From the Jewish and Roman Catholic Perspectives (Jessica Ginsberg, 2013) ABSTRACT
- "Di Griner in Buenos Aires: Exploring Holocaust Survivors' Oral Histories" (Jessica Katz, 2012) ABSTRACT
- "Are Jewish Religious Holidays Factors in the Timing of Terrorist Attacks in Israel?" (Shifaili Baliga, 2011) ABSTRACT
- "Wiener Amerikaner oder amerikanischer Wiener? A Comparative Analysis of Three Viennese Scientists - Eric Kandel, Carl Djerassi, and Erwin Chargaff." (Caroline Barrow Maness, 2011) ABSTRACT
- "Vicente Ferrer and the Kings' Jews: Reassessing the Modern Image of a Medieval Dominican." (Michael Sean Hatch, 2011) ABSTRACT
- “Music as Religious Culture: An Ethnomusicological Study of the Atlanta Jewish Community.” (Edlin, Felicia Sara, 2010) ABSTRACT
- "From The Jazz Singer to an American Girl: the turn of the century Jewish immigrant in American Popular Culture" (Flombaum, Michal Sarah, 2010) ABSTRACT
- "'I will become their God': Blessing in the Book of Jubilees" (Mary Claire Magruder, 2011) ABSTRACT
- "Conscription and the Marginalization of Military Values in Modern Israeli Society (1982-2010)" (Jaclyn Meg Blumenfeld, 2010) ABSTRACT
- "Writing the Unspeakable: Language, Memory and Trauma in Survival in Auschwitz, Still Alive and Nightfather" (Mikaela Janet Malsin, 2010) ABSTRACT
- “Re-inventing Tevillot: an exploration of nontraditional Mikvah use.” (Sarah R. Blenner, 2007) Emory Discover E
- “The Jüdenrate: a study of Jewish leadership during the Nazi occupation.” (Todd A. Gillman, 1996) Emory Discover E
- “American Jewish identity and the pursuit of justice: the search and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the U.S.” (Lauren Israel, 2003) Emory Discover E
- “A test of loyalty: American Jewish responses to espionage cases of the 20th century.” (Rachel L. Zelkowitz, 2008) Emory Discover E
- "'Be Israeli, but don't forget where you came from': obstacles to integration among Ethiopian-Jewish university students in Israel." (Adam Chesnick, 2000) Emory Discover E
- "U.S. Policy toward Soviet Jewish emigration, 1972-1979: a study in the relationship between human rights and international trade in modern American diplomacy." (Sarah E. Alexander, 1984) Emory Discover E
- “Contemporary American Jewish Women's ritual innovation.” (Amber Powers, 1996) Emory Discover E
- "Intermarriage and the Atlanta Jewish community.” (Allyson Lee Scott, 1993) Emory Discover E
- "Liberating Themes in Jewish-Christian Dialogue" (Thomas R. Whalen, 1988) Emory Discover E
- "The Hebrew Orphans' Home of Atlanta, 1889-1930" (Bradford W. Trevathan, 1984) Emory Discover E
- “Transforming the body, transforming the soul: a study of an orthodox Jewish female healer.” (Erica Michelle Rosenbaum, 1996) Emory Discover E
- "Jewish immigration to Argentina" (Julie A. Levi, 1999) Emory Discover E
- “Jewish immigration to Argentina: examining the Push-Pull Theory.” (Rachel C. Loftspring, 2004) Emory Discover E
- "Beyond inclusivism and exclusivism in Jewish-Christian dialogue" (Sujin Grace Pak, 1993) Emory Discover E
- "Aiding China's Jews: the American-Jewish joint dsitribution committee in Shanghai, 1938-1943" (Daniel A. Barish, 2007) Emory Discover E
- "Don't hate on the halfies: religious identity formation among children of inter-religious couples" (Adam L. Horowitz, 2007) Emory Discover E
- "The Effects of group consciousness on Jewish political participation" (Jed Alpert, 1993) Emory Discover E
- "A test of loyalty: American Jewish responses to espionage cases of the 20th century" (Rachel Zelkowitz, 2008) Emory Discover E
- "The American media and Israel: the six-day war and the war in Lebanon" (Jeffrey A. Levi, 1996) Emory Discover E
- "Chronicles of a crisis: the portrayal of Orthodox Jews by the non-Orthodox media in Israel" (Joanna M. Liebross, 2000) Emory Discover E
- "The sword of Saul, the Crown of David: Canaanite ideology in Yonatan Ratosh's poem haHolkhi baHoshekh (the Walkers in Darness)" (Joshua C. Neuman, 2008) Emory Discover E
Anyone wishing to access these and other theses (and graduate dissertations) must log in through Emory's library system.
For more information, please contact Prof. David Blumenthal, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.
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