The field of Jewish Studies explores the rich heritage of the Jewish people. Using the methodology of different academic disciplines, it examines the experience of Jews in the many lands in which they have lived over the past four thousand years, as well as contemporary Jewish life in Israel, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
For most of their history, Jews have been a minority within a larger, non-Jewish society. Jewish literature, art, religious thought, history, and social attitudes and behavior are expressions of a distinctive perspective that draws from the surrounding cultures.
Students of all religions and ethnic backgrounds are welcome to enroll in individual Jewish Studies courses. The Jewish Studies Program offers a Minor in Jewish Studies (21 units), and a Major in Modern Jewish Studies (43 units).