Minor in Jewish Studies

The minor in Jewish Studies allows students to explore 3,000 years of Jewish history, culture, and religion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Administered by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies (EWCJS), our program brings together internationally renowned faculty from more than 10 departments, including Archaeology, History, Religion, and World Languages & Literatures. Whether concentrating on ancient Judaism or modern Israel, on mysticism or Jewish gender roles, our minors benefit from small classes and dedicated teachers. With a focus on writing, research, critical inquiry, and inter-cultural literacy, the Jewish Studies minor prepares students for careers in education, law, business, international relations, the health professions, and journalism. Students minoring in Jewish Studies are encouraged to apply to the Elie Wiesel Center for financial aid.

For an advising appointment, please write to the director of the EWCJS at ewcjs@bu.edu, or call us at 617-353-8096.


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

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

The remaining five courses, chosen in consultation with an EWCJS advisor, may include:

  • Up to one course at the 100 level
  • Up to one course at the 200 level (in addition to CAS RN 216)
  • At least three courses at the 300 level or above

Courses counting for credit toward the Jewish Studies minor are offered in the following departments:

  • History (medieval and modern Jewish history, Israel studies)
  • Philosophy (Jewish thought and philosophy)
  • Religion (Judaism and comparative studies)
  • World Languages & Literatures (Hebrew literature)

Other departments also offer courses related to the minor. For a listing of current courses, please visit the EWCJS website.

The study of Hebrew is strongly encouraged. Students may count up to two Hebrew language courses toward the minor, provided that those courses are taken at the CAS LH 212 level or higher.

More information about the minor and related courses can be found on the website of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.

Study Abroad

Students accepted to the Boston University Study Abroad and Internships Programs’ Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program 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.