Undergraduate
Undergraduate

Let curiosity move you to minor in Jewish studies!

Academics

Jewish studies includes a wide range of courses in history, religious studies, political science, philosophy, sociology and anthropology.

Many students find it quite easy to add the minor to their study plans, as it requires just two core courses; the remaining four courses may be completed in the discipline(s) of the student’s choosing, provided they have been approved by the undergraduate program advisor.

Focusing on Judaism as a religion, culture and ethnicity, the field of Jewish studies encompasses diverse aspects of the human experience. We study Judaism alongside its fellow Abrahamic traditions, Christianity and Islam, teasing apart the historical and theological connections between them. We explore the history of the Jewish people and of Jewish texts, examining how they shaped and were shaped by the surrounding cultures in which they lived. We also examine the philosophical legacy of Jewish thinkers, teachers, and writers — from the Talmudic sages to authors of contemporary American fiction.

Strengths

  • Holocaust studies
  • Near Eastern studies
  • Israel and the Middle East
  • Early Judaism and Jewish history
  • Contemporary Jewish identities

Experience

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning, and leadership experiences. For example, you can:

  • Attend the Klutznick-Harris Symposium, an annual international conference with the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University in Omaha. Each year’s theme is different, attracting international scholars from many disciplines. Papers based on the conference presentations are gathered in an annual edited volume in the series “Studies in Jewish Civilization,” published by Purdue University Press.
  • Join the Hillel-Jewish student organization.

Opportunities

Jewish studies provides an interdisciplinary background and equips students with an understanding of global issues and trends in historical and contemporary contexts. Employers in industries such as education, government, and business value this understanding of multiculturalism.