Jewish studies majors are required to take two courses in one Jewish language or literature (either Hebrew or Yiddish) at Rutgers (this holds for transfer students as well). All students entering the department with prior Hebrew or Yiddish language experience are required to take a language placement test. Students who place out of the elementary language level will take courses based on their placement, or they may choose to study another Jewish language for two terms. Those students placing into higher level courses must take courses taught in the original language (and not, for example, literature in translation courses). Please note special language requirements in the Jewish literature area of concentration.