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Minor

The Jewish Studies Minor

  1. Program type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  2. Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2013
  3. Required credits in this minor: 18 to 25

The Jewish Studies minor allows students to develop an additional concentration in the academic study of Jewish culture and civilization throughout history. The minor, which recognizes the diversity and international aspect of the Jewish experience, reinforces any disciplinary specialization and contributes a comparative focus. Students choose from among the full range of JWST courses in Jewish history, Bible, Talmud, rabbinics, Jewish literature, and medieval and modern Jewish studies.

Course of Study for Jewish Studies Minor

The minor consists of a minimum of six courses in JWST or other departments approved by the DUS. Up to 10 credits of biblical and/or modern Hebrew courses (3xxx or above) may count toward the minor. Students who wish to take introductory courses (1xxx or 2xxx) of a second language, in addition to four semesters of coursework in a first foreign language may count them toward the minor if relevant to Jewish Studies, and approved by the DUS. This applies to students who have studied modern Hebrew but wish to add biblical Hebrew, or vice versa. Students may earn a B.A. or a minor in Jewish Studies, but not both.

Core Courses

  1. JWST 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Civilization [HIS] (3.0 cr)
  2. or JWST 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Civilization [HIS] (3.0 cr)
  3. or RELS 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Civilization [HIS] (3.0 cr)
  4. or RELS 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Civilization [HIS] (3.0 cr)

Minor Courses

Take five courses at the 3xxx-level or above, chosen from two emphasis areas: (1) Jewish History and Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds; (2) Jewish History, Culture, Politics and Society in the Modern World. At least one course must be chosen from each emphasis area.

Jewish History & Culture in the Ancient & Medieval Worlds emphasis area

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The three remaining courses are electives. Please click here for a list of available courses.

Jewish History, Culture, Politics & Society in the Modern World emphasis area

Please click here for a list of available courses.

The three remaining courses are electives. Please click here for a list of available courses.

Declare a Jewish Studies Major or Minor

Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Renana Schneller at schne068@umn.edu to get the process started!