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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Sociology of the Ba'al Teshuva Movement (SOC-303)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance Learning format.
April 2014 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: discuss the Ba'al Teshuva movement; explain how the Ba'al Teshuva enter the movement and their typical socialization process; recognize the social challenges faced by the basic Ba'al Teshuva and the nuances which continue to identify the Ba'al Teshuva from the rest of the community; and discuss how this movement may impact the future of the Orthodox community.


This course assesses students' knowledge of the Ba'al Teshuva movement.  Major topics include: entry points to the movement, such as synagogues and Ba'al Teshuva institutions of study, challenges of recruitment,  how the Ba'al Teshuva tends to adapt to Orthodox culture and which aspects pose special challenges, cultural stigmas that the Ba'al Teshuva carries in the Orthodox community and how such stigma can be dealt with, and the impact that the Ba'al Teshuva movement has had on the general Orthodox community. The proficiency examination also evaluates students' knowledge of the history, meaning, and social nuances of the Ba'al Teshuva movement, as well as the sociological terminologies that explain it.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology, Religious Studies, Judaic Studies, Anthropology, or Jewish History (4/14) (4/19 revalidation).