Judaic Studies

The interdisciplinary Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies provides a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in the history, religion, and cultural traditions of the Jewish people and offers instruction in Modern Hebrew language and literature. The program consists of both core courses taught by specialists in the program and related courses taught by participating faculty members across a dozen different programs and departments. The focus on Jewish cultures and experiences as lenses to study the world provides a liberal arts background suitable to a range of careers and prepares students for graduate work in Judaic studies, religious studies, and related fields.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Build skills in writing and critical reasoning.

  2. Become an informed and engaged global citizen

  3. Engage with important texts and ideas.

  4. Equip yourself with a strong liberal arts education.

  5. Gain a wide variety of opportunities for employment or further study.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Judaic Studies pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Judaic Studies provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Nonprofit organizations

Religious organizations

Social service organizations

Colleges and Universities

Libraries and archives

Cultural heritage organizations

Print & online media publishing

Public interest groups

Legal aid societies
Alumni Jobs

Digital media coordinator

Legislative correspondent

Research linguist

Event producer

Investment advisor


Senior product manager

Professional television writer

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
HBRW 111; HRBW 112; HBRW 113; JDST 212; JDST 213; GER 222; REL 222

2nd Year
HBRW 311; HBRW 312; HBRW 313; JDST 330

3rd Year
JDST 352; JDST 354; One approved elective

4th Year
JDST 353; JDST Capstone (Social Justice and Public Speaking); One approved elective

Major Credits
Required   40
Electives 24

Total 64

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CIS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and reasoning

Oral and written communication

Library research

Textual analysis

Grant writing

Policy development and analysis

Public relations and community outreach



Peacebuilding and conflict resolution
Experiential learning opportunities

Specialized Courses

Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels [Judaic Studies]

Jewish Monsters [Judaic Studies]

Voices of Dissent [German]

Modern Jewish Thought [Judaic Studies]

Jewish Folklore and Ethnology [Anthropology]

Modern Hebrew [Hebrew]

Jewish Film and TV Studies [Cinema Studies]

Jewish Literature and Arts [Judaic Studies, English]

19th-century European Jewry [English, Scandinavian]

Europe in the 20th Century [History]

American Jewish Cultures [Judaic Studies]

Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Art History

Classical Civilization

German and Scandinavian

Global Studies



Legal Studies

Religious Studies




Theatre Arts

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