University Catalog 2023-2024

Jewish Studies (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The undergraduate minor in Jewish studies treats the history, religious traditions, culture, language, and literature of the Jewish people. Students in this interdisciplinary program will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Judaism from a wide range of academic disciplines, including Religious Studies, History, Language, Literature, and Film Studies.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.


The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor.

Contact Persons

Dr. Julie Mell
Associate Professor, Department of History
Withers 272, Campus Box 8018

SIS Code: 16JSTM

Plan Requirements

  • The minor consists of 15 hours of credit (5 courses).
  • An overall minor GPA of at least 2.0 is required.
  • A maximum of one (1) course may be double-counted towards both major departmental requirements and minor electives.
  • No more than two courses from other institutions may count toward the minor. The department will determine whether courses which have been transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor.
Elective Courses
Select 5 five of the following:15
Literature of the Holocaust
Jewish History
Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany
History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to Intertestamental Literature
Introduction to Judaism
Total Hours15

Note: Special Topics courses, when topically appropriate, may be approved for the minor. Previous examples include ENG 492 Special Topics in Film Styles and Genres/IDS 496 Topics in Film and Interdisciplinary Studies, ST title: Representing the Holocaust, and FLG 390 German Studies Topics, ST title: German Film and the Holocaust.   Consult with the minor program coordinator listed below.