Jewish Studies at BU

Jewish civilization is global and particular, ancient and modern, full of ancient rituals, customs, myths, memories, and replete with history. Jewish texts and ideas are part of our world’s great heritage. If you are curious about one of the world’s oldest living religious traditions and its many historical, social, and intellectual engagements across historical time and global space, we are the place for you. Our courses are taught by faculty trained in Religion, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Medieval and Modern History, Romance literature, Medicine, Law, Hebrew Language, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Theology, and other fields and disciplines.

Find out what excites them about the Jewish experience and its academic study. Take any of our courses and get hooked! Our students benefit from small classes with dedicated teachers. We connect students with internships, offer awards and scholarships, support study abroad in Israel, and provide opportunities for independent research.

Minor

The minor in Jewish Studies allows students to explore 3,000 years of Jewish history, culture, and religion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Major

CAS offers the option of pursuing an independent major. Using this option, you may design your own Jewish studies major! If you’re interested, please talk to Michael Zank, Director (mzank@bu.edu)

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Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The minor offers students an opportunity to acquire academic tools of description and analysis of the various factors that contribute to the emergence of ultra-nationalist regimes and their genocidal policies.

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Study Abroad

If you are planning to study abroad, you could study in Israel! BU has its own program in Haifa but EWCJS students have also pursued abroad programs in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Beer Sheba.

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Our Courses

Many of our classes count towards Humanities or Social Studies divisional credit requirements, and you may count either one of CC101 or CC102 toward the minor in Jewish Studies and fulfill some of your general education requirements.

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Research Opportunities

Consider working with a Jewish studies faculty member on a summer research project through UROP! For questions on undergraduate opportunities and resources, please contact Michael Zank at mzank@bu.edu or call 617.353.8096.

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Funding Opportunities

Students enrolled in minor concentrations in Hebrew or Jewish Studies are encouraged to apply to the Elie Wiesel Center for our short-term scholarship awards and undergraduate research support.

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