Minor in Jewish Studies

The minor in Jewish Studies offers students of all backgrounds an opportunity to explore Jewish history, culture, and religion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our program draws on internationally renowned faculty from different schools and departments across the University. Students benefit from small classes taught by dedicated faculty affiliated with the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.  

The Jewish Studies minor prepares students for careers in education, law, business, international relations, the health professions, journalism, and community leadership. Students minoring in Jewish Studies are encouraged to apply to the Elie Wiesel Center for financial aid.


Six 4-credit courses are required for the minor, completed with a grade of C or higher:

  • CAS RN 216 (Judaism) is required of all minors

The remaining five courses should include at least one course in three of the following four areas:

  • Jewish history, including Holocaust Studies
  • Jewish literature and thought
  • Sacred texts and comparative traditions
  • Contemporary Jewish societies and cultures, including Israel studies

For a list of upcoming courses, grouped by the above classification, please visit the EWCJS website.

The study of Hebrew is strongly encouraged. Students may count up to two Hebrew language courses toward the minor. These courses may also count toward the College of Arts & Sciences language requirement.

Study Abroad

Students accepted to the Boston University Study Abroad and Internship Program at Haifa University or another accredited academic institution in Israel are encouraged to apply for financial support from the EWCJS. Preferential consideration will be given to Jewish Studies minors. Up to two Jewish studies courses taken abroad can be approved for minor credit on a case-by-case basis.