The minor is designed to offer a general introduction to the historical and cultural experience of Jews throughout the world, and to Jewish thought, literature, and contemporary political and social issues. It also provides the opportunity for students who wish to do more intensive work in a single discipline. Those completing the minor are encouraged, but not required, to obtain at least a working knowledge of Hebrew (Hebrew 3 or equivalent).



A total of six courses, which must include one from the pre-modern era and one from the modern era. 

Two introductory courses:

  • JWST 4/REL 4 Religion of Israel: The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) or
    JWST 6/REL 6 Introduction to Judaism
  • JWST 10/HIST 94.8 History and Culture of the Jews I: The Classical Period or
    JWST 11/HIST 94.9 History and Culture of the Jews II: The Modern Period

One course in:

  • Literature, Language and Culture of the Jewish People

Three courses chosen from the other course offerings in the program, selected in consultation with the advisor.