The Jewish Studies Minor

Jewish Studies explores Judaism's significant interactions with cultures and histories from around the world. Drawing from a range of disciplinary approaches, this program and its courses help to enrich many majors at the University. To study Jewish thought and history is to develop an understanding of the rich interplay among and between disparate histories, cultures, religions, laws, and literatures.


The interdisciplinary minor in Jewish Studies requires 16 credits.

  • Students must take a minimum of 16 credits from the selection of Jewish Studies courses offered by the Jewish Studies Program (JWST) or cross-listed with another department.

  • The one credit course, JWST201: Issues and Ideas in Jewish Studies, is the only course required for the minor. Offered every Spring

  • Jewish Studies courses are cross-listed with a number of departments including Anthropology, English, Foreign Languages and literatures, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Women's Studies.

  • Only 3 credits of Hebrew language and only 3 credits from study abroad courses can count toward the minor. Exceptions can be made by only with approval from the Director of the Jewish Studies Program.

  • Three credits of independent course credit can be counted, with approval of the Director of the Jewish Studies Program.

Dr. Vivian Z. Klaff Memorial Award
Each year a modest financial award will be given to an outstanding graduating student who has completed a minor in Jewish Studies.

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All courses offered by the program

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