Jewish Studies Minor

Minor Requirements (7 units)

The requirements outlined below do not require the study of Hebrew language. Students who complete two years of Hebrew language study at Northwestern have the option of completing the minor in Jewish Studies with five additional courses, as noted below.

  • 3 courses in Jewish history that provide a basis for advanced work
    • 1 course on ancient or biblical Judaism, such as ­RELIGION 220-0 Introduction to Hebrew Bible
    • 1 approved course on the history or culture of the Jewish people in the Middle Ages, such as HISTORY 203-1 Jewish History 750-1492
    • 1 approved course on some aspect of modern Jewish history, such as HISTORY 203-2 Jewish History 1492-1789 or HISTORY 348-2 Jews in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia
  • 2 courses on Jewish religion offered in the Department of Religious Studies or approved by the director of undergraduate studies; eligible courses include:
    Course Title
    RELIGION 230-0Introduction to Judaism
    RELIGION 332-0Modern Jewish Thought
    RELIGION 333-0Judaism in the Modern World
    RELIGION 339-0Topics in Judaism
  • 2 additional approved courses chosen from the fields of Jewish literature; Jewish philosophy or theology; or the sociology/anthropology of Jewish communities
  • At least 5 of the courses may not be double-counted toward a major
  • Students who complete two years of Hebrew language study at Northwestern may complete the Jewish Studies minor with 5 additional courses:
    • 3 in Jewish history
    • 1 in religion
    • 1 in Jewish literature or philosophy