Talmudic University of Florida, Alfred and Sadye Swire College of Judaic Studies
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  Bachelor Of Talmudic Law   
The Bachelor of Talmudic Law is the basic degree that all students should initially strive to attain. It is awarded upon completion of four years of study and the successful completion of 120 credits.
The student must take at least 100 credits of requirements, or core courses, consisting of the following credits:
Talmudic Law Torah Philosophy and Psychology Education
80 Credit 10 Credit 10 Credit
In addition, the student must complete 20 elective credits from courses in the following sections:
Chumash (Bible)
Halacha (Jewish Law)
All candidates for this degree will be required to complete a minimum of six terms (approx. 66 credits) at the Talmudic University of Florida. In all such cases, the last unit must be completed at this institution
Outline of Sections Covered in the Bachelor of Talmudic Law Degree
Analytical Talmud (Iyun)
In his first year, the student will be responsible for knowing how to read and translate Talmudic texts (make a leining). The Rebbi will help develop the finer skills of making a leining plus introduce the student to the early and later commentaries on the Talmud. The primary focus of this year is to lay the groundwork for the development of the student’s analytical skills.

In his second year of study, the student will begin to examine Talmudic texts and their commentaries in depth. The Rebbi will point out many details that the student may have missed from a strictly cursory reading.

By his third year of study, the student begins to hear original thought from the Rosh HaYeshiva on a regular basis. At the same time, he learns to apply a specific style of learning (Derech HaLimud) to the study of Talmud.

In his final year of the Bachelor program, the student is encouraged to make original contributions in the study of Talmudic text. He is expected to raise questions on points in the Talmud and resolve these questions with original presentations. In addition to gaining a heightened appreciation for the Talmudic shiurim (lectures) he attends, the student develops the ability to do primary research in the Talmudic field. The fourth-year shiur is designed to show a unique perspective to Talmudic study through original thoughts and the Derech HaLimud instilled by the Rosh HaYeshiva. Students are expected to acquire independent research skills by the end of this year.
Tractates to be taught over a typical 4-year time period are selected from the following list:
Brachos, Shabbos, Pesachim, Yoma, Succah, Betza, Yevomos, Kesubos, Nedarim, Gitten, Kiddushin, Baba Kama, Baba Metzia, Baba Basra, Makos, Chullin, Sanhedrin, Menochos, Arachin, Terumah
Tractate Overview (B’kiyus)
This section of study increases the student’s breadth of Talmud knowledge. A goal of the program is to complete the entire tractate over the course of the year. In the first year of the program, the pace is set at amud (page) a day with weekly, written examinations. There are also daily lectures. In the subsequent years of the Bachelor program (and in the Graduate program as well), the student is expected to cover one daf (folio, or two pages) per day. Weekly examinations are administered at all levels of the program.

The student may elect to complement his B’kiyus study with Daf Yomi, the the world-wide schedule of studying one daf per day.
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Torah Philosophy and Psychology
Applied Jewish Philosophy and Psychology
This course discusses the motivating variables in day-to-day existence by examining the weekly Torah portion and weaves a single philosophical theme through each weekly readings. Topics include: Man’s relationship with G-d, his purpose in this world, and his relationship with Torah and Mitzvos. Classical sources are cited with original novella. The course also provides an opportunity for self-analysis and improvement.
Jewish Ethics in Today's Society
This course uses classical texts as a springboard for discussions on personal development and how to relate to today's society. Since the Rebbi often selects a different text from one term to the next the student may take this course many times throughout his undergraduate studies.
Textual Analysis
This course emphasizes the dissection of Biblical text. The course is geared to developing an analytical approach to the study of the Bible. Students are encouraged to offer questions and insights to the analysis. Questions from classical commentaries are raised and discussed.
Halacha (Jewish Law)
Practical Jewish Law
This course introduces the basic concept of Jewish Law. It focuses on the development of independent research while emphasizing clear and concise reading of Halachic text.
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Developing Tutorial Skills
Students will have the opportunity to teach younger students from local elementary and high schools. The course instructor will monitor and review their progress. This course is designed to help develop the student's ability to prepare lessons and fosters skills in communication of the subject matter.
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