Jewish Studies

Minor in Jewish Studies

Students interested in the academic study of Jewish history, culture, and religion have the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary minor in Jewish Studies, administered through the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies (EWCJS). Participating in this minor are faculty from a wide range of units and disciplines, including the CAS Departments of Religion, History, and Modern Languages & Comparative Literature (MLCL). Students can choose to concentrate in a particular field of Jewish Studies or seek a broad program of study.

For an initial advising appointment and to register with us, please see the director of the EWCJS at 147 Bay State Road or call us at 617-353-8096.


Six 4-credit CAS courses are required, with a grade of C or higher:

  • CAS RN 216 Judaism
  • of the remaining five courses, no more than one can be at the 100-level, and no more than one at the 200-level. The remaining three courses should be taken at the 300-level or higher, with the exception that CAS LH courses numbered LH 250 or higher may be taken toward this 300-level requirement.

The study of Hebrew is strongly encouraged. Students who choose to complete the CAS foreign language requirement using Hebrew may receive credit for CAS LH 212 toward the minor in Jewish Studies. Any student may count up to two courses in Hebrew language toward the minor, provided those courses are taken at the CAS LH 212 level or higher.

An updated list of courses counting toward the minor in Jewish Studies can be found on the website of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies.

Study Abroad

Students accepted to the Boston University Study Abroad and Internships Programs’ Haifa Language, Liberal Arts & Internship Program or another accredited academic institution in Israel are encouraged to apply for financial support from the EWCJS. Preferential consideration will be given to Hebrew and Jewish studies minors.