Jewish studies involves a multi-disciplinary investigation of Jewish civilization in its many historical and geographical manifestations. The scope of the Jewish studies curriculum covers Jewish civilization from its ancient Near Eastern origins to its contemporary history and culture in Israel and the diaspora communities. This minor emphasizes various cross-cultural perspectives on, and multidisciplinary approaches to, the study of Jewish civilization.

The minor requires six courses, including one core course, proficiency in Elementary Modern Hebrew (either two Elementary Hebrew language courses or passing a proficiency exam), and three electives. Students must earn a minimum of C- for all courses counted towards the minor. In addition, students are required to complete an exercise in the integration of knowledge acquired in the courses.

Course requirements:

  • Core course (required)
    • RELG 109. The Jewish Tradition
  • Hebrew Language (required; or passing a proficiency exam equivalent to first-year Hebrew)
    • HEBR 101. Elementary Modern Hebrew I
    • HEBR 102. Elementary Modern Hebrew II
  • Electives (three courses)—Participants in the minor may choose three electives in consultation with the minor coordinator, but no more than one of these three can be advanced Hebrew language (either Intermediate or Advanced Modern Hebrew) and count towards the elective requirement. A one-credit internship may be counted as an elective.
  • Integration of knowledge—To demonstrate an integration of interdisciplinary work in the Jewish studies minor, students write a paper (after taking at least four courses towards the minor) that integrates the material learned from the several courses. The paper must be 2000-2500 words and is to be submitted to the coordinator no later than eight weeks into a student’s last senior semester.

Students majoring in Jewish Studies may not take this minor.