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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Genesis University (formerly Association for Hebraic Studies Institute) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Synagogue Art and Architecture (ART 450)

Course Category: 

Classroom-based or distance learning course administered through Genesis University. 

Genesis University, Miami, FL; authorized instructional sites, or approved proctor sites.

January 2022 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the key components of the synagogue, understanding their symbolism/significance and when they entered the architectural vernacular of Jewish worship; consider the evolution of the synagogue from its earliest examples in the ancient world to the contemporary realm; examine how the elements of the European synagogue expanded into synagogue design in the Americas; and situate the entirety of this evolution within the historical context of each era, noting in many cases the resilience of the Jewish population to define their space of worship despite persistent repression, expulsion, or attack.


Topics include: sacred space, the synagogue in the ancient world, and synagogues from medieval times to the present in Europe and America. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Art, Judaic Studies, Religion, or History (11/22).