List College provides undergraduates with a Jewish studies education of the highest quality, creating an environment in which a Jewish lifestyle is supported and a mature exploration of Judaism is encouraged.
List College grants the degree of bachelor of arts and offers a full spectrum of courses in Bible, Hebrew Language, Jewish History, Jewish Literature, Jewish Thought, and Talmud and Rabbinics. Texts are studied in the original language.
Through the Joint Program with Columbia University's School of General Studies and the Double Degree Program with Barnard College, students also receive a superior liberal arts education. While some graduates of the program choose to go on to careers in the Jewish community, most students pursue a wide variety of professions.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
List College is open to men and women 16 years of age or older who have completed high school and demonstrated their academic ability. Because students at List College study texts in the original language, proficiency in Hebrew, while not a prerequisite for admission, is a critical segment of the List College curriculum. The program is open to qualified students irrespective of age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Applications to List College may be obtained from the Office of Admissions, List College, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027-4649, (212) 678-8832, or through the List College website.
List College applicants may also apply through the Common Application. Applicants also need to complete a List College supplement in addition to submitting the Common Application. Applicants to the Joint Program with Columbia University's School of General Studies submit an application and supporting documents to List College only; copies of all materials will be forwarded to Columbia University. Applicants to the Double Degree Program with Barnard College must submit the List College application and supporting documents to List College, as well as a separate Barnard application and supporting documents to Barnard College.
To receive a Barnard application, contact the Barnard College Office of Admissions, 111 Milbank, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, (212) 854-2014, or visit the Barnard College website.
While an interview is not required, it is strongly recommended; call the List College Office of Admissions at (212) 678-8832 to schedule one.
The application deadline is February 15 for List College and the Joint Program with Columbia University. The deadline for the Double Degree Program with Barnard College is January 1. All applicants will be notified by April 1.
Well-qualified high school seniors who have selected List College as their first-choice college may apply under one of the two early-decision plans. Fall early-decision applications and all supporting documents must be received in the Office of Admissions by November 15. Fall early decision is available for Joint Program and Double Degree applicants.
Winter early-decision applications and all supporting documents must be received in the Office of Admissions by January 15. Winter early decision is only available for Joint Program applicants.
Candidates not accepted under the early-decision plan may be deferred to regular decision. In this event, candidates must submit a record of school work from the first half of the senior year. Students will be notified by April 1.
An applicant who has studied at another college or university and wishes to transfer to List College must follow the admissions procedures previously outlined. In addition, candidates must submit current official transcripts.
Students must take at least 54 of the 91 Judaica credits required for graduation from List College in residence. In addition, a student must complete 60 credits of general liberal arts at an accredited college or university. Students who wish to transfer to List College with fewer than 60 liberal arts credits may transfer to the Joint Program with Columbia University or the Double Degree Program with Barnard College, or they may complete the remaining liberal arts credits at an accredited college of their choice.
A student enrolled at another accredited four-year college or university may apply to List College for visiting student status. Visiting students may study at List College part-time or full-time for one or two semesters. A visiting student may receive credits at his or her own institution for courses successfully completed at List College, subject to the approval of the student's own dean. Applicants may apply for visiting student status at List College alone or in conjunction with Columbia University's School of General Studies. In addition to the application, a candidate must submit a letter from his or her current dean indicating that he or she is a student in good standing and has approval for this program.
Students who wish to take courses for credit but do not intend to earn a degree may be admitted as nonmatriculated students. Applicants need to submit only an application, along with the fee and proof of high school graduation. Students who may be attending other colleges or universities must submit an official college transcript and a letter attesting to their good standing.
List College offers a number of special scholarships in recognition of student potential.
All entering students are automatically considered for the following awards:
In addition, several scholarships are available by application for continuing students:
The Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship (FJSE) was launched in January 2009 to provide training and support to List College students who wish to enhance their skills as Jewish social entrepreneurs. The fellowship is open to students in their junior or senior years who have had previous volunteer or paid experience in the social sector.
Throughout the academic year, fellows serve as interns at a variety of organizations dedicated to social change. Interns typically perform 10 to 12 hours per week of service. In addition, participants will attend a biweekly seminar designed to help cultivate connections between Judaism, activism, and professional achievements. A $5,000 stipend is offered to participants in the fellowship.
What makes the FJSE unique is the opportunity to synthesize Jewish learning and values with the commitment to civic engagement, social service, and justice.
Fellowship applications are available on the List College website or in the List College Office.
Undergraduate Awards in Jewish Education
In addition, List College sponsors three awards for continuing students who intend to pursue careers in the field of Jewish education:
Students apply for these awards according to the schedule published by the Dean's Office each spring.
Summer Internship Scholarship Fund
The family of Elie Schwartz (z"l) has established a scholarship fund at List College to honor his memory. The fund is used for students interested in careers in business, providing summer stipends that will enable List College students to take unpaid internships to explore aspects of the business world. In establishing the scholarship fund, Elie's family hopes to meet a real need at the college while perpetuating Elie's love for both Jewish life and business.
Students involved in unpaid internships are eligible for this scholarship grant, which is awarded on a competitive basis. Award amounts vary, depending on the duration of the internship, merit of the internship, and available funding. Students apply for this award according to the schedule published by the Dean's Office each spring.
Course of Study
List College courses emphasize content acquisition and skill development in the areas of oral and written communication and critical analysis and reasoning. List College courses also encourage the development of technological competence and information literacy. The knowledge learned and skills developed through JTS classes complement what students learn in their liberal arts curricula.
The course of study leading to the BA consists of a minimum of 91 credits in Judaica at List College and a minimum of 60 credits in liberal arts at another accredited college or university. Of the 91 List College credits, 40 are core requirements, 30 make up the major, and 21 are taken as electives. List College students who matriculated before fall 2010 are required to complete the requirements that were in effect when they matriculated. A list of these requirements may be found under the "Course of Study" heading in the List College section of the 2010–2011 Academic Bulletin.
Of the 60 required liberal arts credits, 18 must be distributed as follows: 6 in English; 6 in history, philosophy, or the social sciences; and 6 in mathematics or laboratory sciences. The remaining 42 credits may be taken as electives. Only grades of C- or better in liberal arts classes will be applied toward graduation requirements. The Joint Program, a cooperative arrangement with Columbia University, and the Double Degree Program, a cooperative arrangement with Barnard College, are two ways of fulfilling this requirement. In addition, students at Columbia or Barnard may apply up to 15 credits from Columbia or Barnard (in excess of the 60 required) toward the credits required by List College.
In consonance with List College's commitment to providing its students with the strongest grounding in Judaica and in an attempt to allow students some flexibility in completing their degree requirements, the curriculum mandates a 40-credit core. The courses offer a solid foundation in Jewish history, literature, thought; Bible, Talmud, and rabbinics; and in the Hebrew language. Several courses are designed to incorporate components related to the study of Conservative Judaism. Several courses require facility with Hebrew texts. All students will take courses that cover the medieval, modern, and American periods, as well as Jewish ethics and, beginning with students who matriculate in fall 2014, the arts. In addition, all first-year students are required to take a first-year seminar designed to acculturate students to studies at JTS, as well as a 1-credit extended-orientation course, List 101, intended to ease the transition from high school to college. The core also includes a number of courses intended for students with advanced Jewish studies backgrounds. Students who have completed precollege Judaica course work may be eligible for placement into the more advanced courses. This applies to students whose high school curriculum included advanced Judaica courses and/or to students whose post-high school yeshiva or college-level study may have prepared them for more advanced course work. Students are expected to consult with the dean and appropriate academic-area representatives about appropriate placement in their first semester enrolled at List College following the study experience.
The 40-credit core is distributed as follows:
Bible: 6 credits
One 1000-level Bible course (3 credits)
One 3000-level (or higher) Bible course (3 credits)
Talmud and Rabbinics: 6 credits
One 1000-level Talmud/Rabbinics course (3 credits)
One 3000-level (or higher) Talmud/Rabbinics course (3 credits)
Jewish Thought: 6 credits
One 1000-level Jewish Thought course (3 credits)
One 3000-level (or higher) Jewish Thought course (3 credits)
Jewish Literature: 6 credits
One 1000-level Jewish Literature course (3 credits)
One 3000-level (or higher) Jewish Literature course (3 credits)
Jewish History: 6 credits
One 1000-level Jewish Literature course (3 credits)
One 3000-level (or higher) Jewish Literature course (3 credits)
Liturgy: 3 credits
One Liturgy course at appropriate level (3 credits)
HEB 5203: Hebrew Language (3 credits)
All students are required to take a Hebrew placement exam on entry into the program. A student who does not place into HEB 5203 will be required to take the appropriate prerequisite Hebrew courses, which will count toward elective requirements. Progress toward fulfilling this requirement must be made each semester until HEB 5203 is completed. A student who exempts from HEB 5203 must complete the 3 credits with an upper-level Hebrew language or literature course which is taught in Hebrew.
In addition, all students must take at least one course that is designated as text intensive (i.e., the texts are studied in the original Hebrew or Aramaic). Text-intensive courses are chosen in consultation with the advisor.
List 101 (1 credit)
All first-year students register for this 1-credit course designed to ease the transition to college life in general and to List College specifically. Significant academic, social, and religious issues are addressed and discussed in an informal setting over lunch.
First-Year Seminar (3 credits)
All first-year students select one of several topic-based, limited-enrollment courses, all of which are designed to acculturate students to studies at JTS, reflecting the combination of intellectual rigor with an appreciation for Jewish culture, history, and thought; make explicit the questions, benefits, and limitations of particular disciplinary lenses; model methods of study that are academically sophisticated and that may foster one's exploration of identity and personal meaning; and helps strengthen students' critical thinking, oral expression, and writing skills.
By the beginning of the junior year, students choose a major field. The major consists of 30 credits in a chosen area. A total of 24 of the 30 required credits must be taken at List College; 3 of these may be double-counted to fulfill a List College core requirement. No more than 6 credits will be counted as transfer credit toward the major. 3 of the 30 required credits are fulfilled by a senior capstone seminar. The choice of major must be approved by the academic-area undergraduate advisor. Students may major in Ancient Jewish Studies, Bible, Jewish Art and Visual Culture, Jewish History, Jewish Literature, Jewish Gender and Women's Studies, Jewish Music, Jewish Thought, Liturgy, Midrash, Modern Jewish Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Studies, Medieval Scriptural Interpretation, or Talmud and Rabbinics. Each area or program determines the specific distribution of courses and requirements for majors. A student may petition the dean for an interdisciplinary major, which consists of 30 credits taken from more than one area. An initial declaration of major may, with approval, be modified at any time up to the fall semester of the senior year.
Of the courses taken for the core, major, and electives above, five must be distributed as follows:
One medieval period
One modern period (non-American)
One American period
One text intensive
Joint Program with Columbia University
Students can earn two bachelor's degrees in the Joint Program between List College and the School of General Studies of Columbia University.
Established in 1953, the Joint Program enables qualified students to follow a simultaneous dual-degree program, with two majors and a coordinated program of study. Students earn the BA (or BS) degree at Columbia by taking at least 64 credits in residence there and applying 60 credits earned at List College toward the Columbia requirement of 124 credits. Up to 15 elective credits in the List College program may be taken at Columbia. The liberal arts requirement for the List College BA degree is fulfilled by 60 credits taken at Columbia. Students are usually able to complete both degrees within four years, including one or two summer school sessions. Students may choose from any one of more than 50 majors offered at Columbia University.
For detailed information regarding major fields, individual courses, credits, privileges, calendars, and general regulations governing students, consult the area requirements under Courses of Instruction, and the bulletin of Columbia University's School of General Studies, which may be obtained by written application to the School of General Studies Admissions Office, Lewisohn Hall, Columbia University, 116th Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027, by calling (212) 854-2772, or on the Columbia University website.
Programs with Barnard College
Barnard College and JTS adopted an interinstitutional agreement in 1979 by which matriculated students in each school are eligible to take courses in one of several ways.
1. Through the Double Degree program:
2. Barnard students and List College women can, if accepted by the other institution, take courses there and apply credits to the BA degree in their own school.
3. Barnard students may apply to spend their junior year at List College as visiting students, and List College women may apply to Barnard for a year of study as Other College Degree Candidates.
Double Degree students may be eligible for the Double Degree Dean's List. Students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits at Barnard each semester and earn a minimum of 12 letter-graded credits total each semester. Qualifications for the Dean's List include a minimum GPA of 3.4 in Barnard courses and an overall GPA, including JTS courses, of 3.4.
The Barnard College bulletin may be obtained from the director of Admissions at Barnard College, 111 Milbank, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, by calling (212) 854-2014, or on the Barnard website.
List College Fellows Program
The List College Fellows Program is designed to attract undergraduates of exceptional promise and superior achievement and to enrich their academic experience. As a supplement to the existing curriculum, the program fosters students' continued intellectual growth and enables them to explore subjects in greater depth than is normally possible in an undergraduate program of study. Under the guidance of List College faculty members, participants in the Fellows Program contribute to the creation of an academic environment of intellectual excitement and rigor.
Students selected for the Fellows Program are awarded a merit scholarship upon their entry into the program. They have the opportunity to meet informally with distinguished visitors from the academic world and the Jewish community at occasional dinners and lectures sponsored by the program. Fellows participate in a series of seminars that are interdisciplinary in structure and thematic in content. Fellows are required to participate in at least three such seminars during their college careers. Each seminar is specially developed for the Fellows Program. Past seminars have included The Interpretation of the Binding of Isaac, Modern Yiddish Fabulists, and The Poetry of Job. A limited number of spaces in Fellows seminars are open to non-Fellows by application only. Non-Fellows who have a cumulative GPA greater than 3.5, and have taken at least one course in the area offering the seminar, may submit a letter of intent and a letter of recommendation from a JTS faculty member. Decisions on admission to a Fellows seminar will be made by the faculty member offering the course and the List College dean.
In their junior year, Fellows Program participants may be invited to pursue an independent research project, usually in their area of concentration. Under the supervision of a member of the faculty, they transform their research projects into honors theses, which are submitted to a faculty member and a second reader, usually the dean. It is expected that Fellows remain in good academic standing. A grade point average of less than 3.33 in any semester will make the student subject to dismissal from the Fellows Program.
Sample First-Year Program
Fall Semester–16 Credits
(6 credits) Elementary Hebrew II
(1 credit) List 101
(3 credits) List College First-Year Seminar: On Holiness
(3 credits) First-Year English at Columbia/Barnard
(3 credits) Social Science at Columbia/Barnard
Spring Semester–18 Credits
(3 credits) Intermediate Hebrew I
(3 credits) God, Torah, and Israel in Modern Jewish Thought
(3 credits) Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
(3 credits) Literature at Columbia/Barnard
(3 credits) Science at Columbia/Barnard
(3 credits) Humanities at Columbia/Barnard
Many students choose to take courses during the summer to earn credits toward core and major requirements. All course choices must receive the approval of the dean or academic advisor.
Junior Year Abroad
List College students in good academic standing may spend one or both semesters of their junior year abroad. Many students choose to study in Israel, especially at the Hebrew University. Semester study abroad at other accredited universities outside of Israel is also encouraged. Programs must be approved by the deans and area/departmental advisors of both List College and Columbia University or Barnard College. Students must also register and pay the appropriate fee at JTS for each semester abroad. Credit will be determined upon receipt of an official transcript from the foreign university. No more than 6 transfer credits will be counted toward the major.
Students in List College who plan to continue their studies in The Rabbinical School or H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music may earn credit in these schools based on their undergraduate course work. Students interested in attending The Rabbinical School are encouraged to major in Talmud; those interested in attending H. L. Miller Cantorial School are encouraged to major in Jewish Music. Students will be directed to take courses of study that will enable them to fulfill requirements simultaneously at both List College and The Rabbinical School or H. L. Miller Cantorial School. Acceptance to this preprofessional program does not ensure admission to The Rabbinical School or H. L. Miller Cantorial School, each of which retains its own admissions procedures and requirements.
BA/MA Option with The Graduate School
A special BA/MA option has been developed in conjunction with The Graduate School. Students in List College who successfully maintain at least a 3.33 cumulative grade point average at List College and a 3.0 in the liberal arts course required for the BA are eligible to apply for an accelerated MA degree.
List College students accepted to The Graduate School will be permitted to apply 9 credits of graduate-level Judaica course work to both the BA in List College and the MA in The Graduate School. Students will also be permitted to apply additional graduate-level Judaica credits, beyond those needed for the BA, toward the MA in The Graduate School. Only credits that are approved by the MA advisor may count toward the MA, and credits are provisionally approved by the MA advisor, pending admission to The Graduate School.
List College students interested in the BA/MA program should first meet with the List College academic advisor. The academic advisor will then refer students to the appropriate MA advisor to review MA requirements and discuss course selection. Students then apply to The Graduate School during the spring semester prior to their final year at List College. The Graduate School maintains its own admissions procedures. Details on the Graduate School application requirements and deadlines, as well as the online application, can be found at www.jtsa.edu/graduate.
BA/MA Option with William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education
Students in List College may apply to a special program leading to an accelerated MA degree. Students accepted to the program will be permitted to apply 12 credits of graduate-level course work to both the BA and the MA in Jewish Education. Each student meets with the dean of each school and the area advisor to determine exactly what combination of elective and major credits toward the BA will also be accepted for the MA and what additional course work will be required.
Acceptance to the program does not ensure admission to The Davidson School, which can take place only after all requirements for the BA have been completed. The Davidson School retains its own admissions requirements, which can be found on The Davidson School website.
Completion of Requirements
Most students complete both degrees in four years; however some students choose to take between four and five years to complete all work for both BA degrees. The dean and academic advisors regularly review student files to ascertain that appropriate progress is being made toward the completion of degree requirements.
Students are considered full-time when taking a minimum of 12 credits in the Joint Program or Double Degree Program. The total number of credits for which a student is registered at both schools is taken into account.
However, since the bachelor's degree requires the completion of 151 credits, students must complete a minimum of 31 credits each academic year for their progress to be considered satisfactory and to continue to receive Federal Title IV student assistance (Pell Grant and Stafford Loans).
Students must take 54 of the 91 Judaica credits in residence at the New York City campus of JTS. Students in the Joint Program need to take 64 credits in residence at Columbia. Students in the Double Degree Program need to take 62 credits in residence at Barnard.
Matriculated students must continue to register each semester until they have completed all requirements for the degree. Part-time matriculated students must register for at least 3 credits per semester.
Students who have finished their work at JTS but have not finished their 60 liberal arts credits must register for continuous registration each semester until they complete this course work.
Students in the Joint Program will not be allowed to graduate from either Columbia or JTS until they have completed all requirements for both degrees.
The following standards and regulations apply to all List College students:
Students are expected to attend classes regularly. If the absence of the student exceeds three class hours, that fact shall be reported to the dean, who will arrange for a meeting with the student to decide upon appropriate action.
Grade point averages are computed on the following scale:
No more than 12 credits with a grade lower than C- will be accepted toward the degree, and no work with a grade lower than C- will be accepted toward major credit.
No student whose grade point average in the major field is lower than 2.0 shall be eligible for graduation.
No credit shall be granted for a course unless the student is officially registered for that course or has received permission from the dean, with the approval of the academic-area representative.
Once a grade has been received in the Registrar's Office, it may be changed by the course instructor only upon written application by the instructor to the dean. The dean's approval is required.
Updated Pass/D/Fail "uncovering" policy now in effect: A student may opt to take two courses Pass/D/Fail during his or her college career, but not more than one in a given semester. This option may not be used for Hebrew language requirements. Students may elect to uncover a grade of Pass within two weeks of the start of the semester immediately following that in which the grade of Pass was received. Students have until the end of the add/drop period in the spring semester to uncover the grade of a fall course, and until the end of the add/drop period in the fall semester to uncover the grade of a spring or summer course. Seniors graduating in May who wish to uncover the grade of Pass for their spring courses must do so by the Monday of Commencement week. Whether or not a student uncovers the Pass, the Pass/D/Fail option may only be utilized twice. Also, once a student has chosen to uncover a grade, the Pass cannot be reinstated. All Pass/D/Fail requests must be approved by the dean no later than the date indicated on the Academic Calendar.
A student who, for compelling reasons, finds it necessary to postpone the submission of required course work may petition for the grade of Incomplete (INC). The student must obtain a Request for Incomplete form from the Office of the Registrar. This form must contain all information requested, including a description of the work to be completed and the due date, which cannot be later than the date specified in the Academic Calendar. The form must be signed by the student, instructor, and dean and submitted to the Registrar's Office. The last day to submit a Request for Incomplete form is indicated in the Academic Calendar.
All outstanding course work must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than the date specified by the Academic Calendar. Generally, this date is six weeks from the end of the final examination period.
The registrar shall record that the work has been submitted and provide a written receipt to the student for the work received. The registrar will transmit the completed work to the instructor. No work should be sent or given directly to the instructor by the student. The student is advised to retain a copy of all work submitted to the Registrar's Office.
The grade of INC shall remain on the student's transcript until a grade has been submitted by the instructor.
If a student fails to submit the outstanding work to the Registrar's Office by the specified due date, the grade of INC will be converted to the alternate letter grade that was previously submitted by the instructor. This alternate grade reflects the instructor's assessment of a student's performance, taking into account the fact that work is missing. Students should be aware that the missing work may have been counted as an F (or 0) in the computation of the final grade for the course.
In special circumstances, the dean has the authority to grant an extension for the submission of overdue work as long as it is agreeable to the instructor. This extension must be sent in writing by the dean to the Registrar's Office.
Students are permitted to take a maximum of 3 credits of course work online through JTS's online learning program. This option is open only to upperclass students, who must obtain the permission of the dean or academic advisor, and, if the course is in their major, of the major advisor as well.
Absence from Final Examinations
A student who, because of illness or personal emergency, cannot be present for a scheduled final examination must inform the Registrar's Office as soon as possible and indicate the reasons for the absence. The Registrar's Office will contact the instructor to arrange for a makeup examination if the student still cannot be present for the regularly scheduled makeup examination day. The instructor will inform the Registrar's Office of the arrangement and provide the office with the exam so that it can be given to the student.
Students may not request incompletes in advance for an in-class final examination. The student must take the makeup examination as soon as possible, but no later than the date indicated in the Academic Calendar governing the completion of outstanding work.
A student who receives 6 credits (or two courses, regardless of the number of credits) of work graded D, 3 credits (or one course, regardless of the number of credits) of work graded F, or who receives 3 credits (or one course, regardless of the number of credits) of work graded D in two consecutive semesters (including summer sessions), shall be placed on academic probation for the following fall/spring semester. A student may be placed on probation on the basis of academic performance during a summer session, but probation itself will apply only during the fall-to-spring academic year.
If a student's grade of Incomplete or Work in Progress is subsequently changed to an F, the student will be placed on probation for the semester immediately following the change in grade.
If a student is making insufficient academic progress in the combined program with Columbia or Barnard (sufficient progress is defined as successful completion [with a C- or better] of at least 24 credits per year in the combined program, a Hebrew class each semester until the Hebrew language requirement is completed, and at least one List College core requirement each semester until the core is completed), the student is subject to academic discipline at one or both schools. If a student is on probation at one school one semester and at the other school the following semester, the student is subject to academic discipline at one or both schools.
To be restored to good standing in the probationary semester, a student may not receive any grade for that semester lower than C- or take an Incomplete for any reason whatsoever. If, during a probationary semester, a student takes fewer than 9 credits at JTS and 3 credits at Columbia/Barnard, probation continues for a second semester.
A copy of probation/dismissal letters will be mailed to parents one week after the student is notified.
Except in the case where probation continues because the student has taken fewer than the 12 credits specified above, a student who fails to remove him- or herself from academic probation and be restored to good standing during the probationary period will be notified that he/she is suspended from List College for the following semester.
Except in the case where probation continues because the student has taken fewer than the 12 credits specified above, a student may not be placed on academic probation more than twice during his/her tenure in List College. Students who are placed on academic probation can receive financial assistance for only one semester of probation. A student who is placed on academic probation for a third time, for any reason whatsoever, will be automatically suspended from List College.
A student who has been suspended from List College will have the right to appeal that decision in accordance with the student disciplinary procedures.
A student registered for 9 or more letter-graded credits who attains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher shall be on the Dean's List of academic excellence. Students who receive an Incomplete are not eligible for the Dean's List until after the grade is recorded.
A limited number of students may be eligible to graduate from List College with honors by writing an honors thesis during their senior year. Students who have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 may submit an application during the winter of their junior year to write an honors thesis. The List College dean and the faculty of the student's major area will determine whether an applicant will be invited to pursue a thesis. The thesis must be a substantial research paper developed in periodic consultation with a thesis advisor, who will be selected from the faculty of the student's major field of study.
Those students who accept the invitation to pursue an honors thesis are required to participate in the yearlong supervised Thesis Writing Seminar, led by the senior thesis coordinator. Students will fulfill 3 (of the required 30) credits in their given major by successfully completing this seminar and the thesis. The grading system for the thesis is Pass / Pass with Honors / Fail with credit granted for grades of Pass and Pass with Honors only. Those students whose theses are graded Pass with Honors will graduate and receive a diploma carrying the notation "with honors."
Students who have demonstrated academic excellence throughout their years at List College may be eligible to graduate with academic honors. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 will graduate cum laude; those with a 3.67 will graduate magna cum laude; and those with a 3.9 will graduate summa cum laude. These academic honors will be noted on the List College diploma.
A student is expected to have registered for all courses by the date listed in the Academic Calendar.
Students who discontinue attendance in a course and who fail to formally withdraw within the designated period will receive the appropriate letter grade, ordinarily an F.
Leave of Absence
Matriculated students in good standing who must discontinue studies for a semester or longer may request a leave of absence. The dean will approve such requests for a specified period of not more than three years. A student who discontinues studies without submitting a formal written request to the dean will be required to reapply in order to resume studies. There will be a leave of absence fee for each semester.
A student in good standing who withdraws from List College may apply for readmission. Upon the recommendation of the admissions committee, the student may be granted full credit for all course work up to the time of withdrawal. The student will, however, be subject to all new requirements established during the period of absence from the school.
A student who wishes to transfer credit for a college-level course taken at another institution of higher learning must submit an official transcript and course description to the dean. No credit will be accepted for transfer in which a grade lower than C- was earned. Students considering Pass/Fail for a course taken outside List College in fulfillment of liberal arts requirements should note that unless the course is graded Pass/D/Fail, credit will not be awarded for a grade of P. Students who study Hebrew at another university may be eligible to receive transfer credit. Transfer will be awarded provided a grade of C- or better is achieved. For Hebrew University courses (or courses taken at another Israeli university), credit will be awarded for Ulpan courses on the same basis as it is for courses offered during the regular academic year. Courses at the alef, bet, or gimel level will be awarded up to 6 credits per semester, and courses at the dalet, heh, or vav level will be awarded up to 3 credits per semester. Credit will not be awarded for Hebrew elective courses.
Entering students who receive transfer credit for Hebrew must still be examined and placed by the Hebrew Language faculty into the appropriate level. Returning students are required to complete HEB 5203 and will be tested by the Hebrew Language faculty upon their return from Israel to reassess their placement.
Entering students who wish to receive credit for college-level courses taken prior to enrolling in List College may only receive credit for work done after the junior year of high school on the campus of an accredited college or university. This work must not have been counted toward high school graduation requirements. Requests for transfer credit must be accompanied by official transcripts and made to the dean.
In general, students receive transfer credit for course work taken for a letter grade only at accredited institutions of higher education. Occasionally, students may be eligible for academic credit for post-high school yeshiva study. JTS has an agreement with the Conservative Yeshiva that allows students to receive credit for course work done there, upon completion of exams and/or papers and receipt of an official transcript (with grades) from the yeshiva. In rare cases, students may receive academic credit for work done at other yeshivot. Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis through satisfactory achievement upon examination by the undergraduate area advisor. Students are expected to apply for such credit in the first semester at List College following the study experience.
A violation of the Guide to Residents resulting in a student's dismissal from the residence hall may result in a student's dismissal from List College as well.
In addition, List College students are governed by federal, state, and city laws and regulations. A violation of these laws and regulations may also result in a student's dismissal from the college.