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Minor in Jewish Studies

The Jewish Studies minor is open to students in any department who wish to enrich their studies through acquiring knowledge in Jewish history, thought, religion, literature, and society. Students must complete their declaration of the minor no later than the last day of the quarter three quarters before degree conferral. For example, a student graduating in Spring Quarter must declare the minor no later than the last day of Autumn quarter of the same year.

Students must complete six courses for a maximum of 36 units toward the minor. Courses of study should be discussed and approved by a Jewish Studies faculty member in the departments of English, History, Religious Studies, or the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and by the center directors. In addition to suggested introductory courses, students are also encouraged to take courses in the Hebrew language as part of their Jewish studies minor, and are granted credit toward the minor for up to 5 units of language study. Any variations on the minor requirements must be approved in advance by one of the directors of the center.

Courses credited toward the minor must be distributed as follows:

  1. Three introductory courses at the 100 level or below in the fields of history, religious studies, literature, or Hebrew language (for a maximum of 5 units) or one of the designated introductory courses offered through the Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
  2. Two courses at the 100 level or above from two of three areas of concentration (history, religious studies, or literature).

One seminar or undergraduate colloquium at the 200 level or above in one area of concentration (history, religious studies, or literature). No course credited toward the Jewish Studies minor may be double counted toward major requirements.

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