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Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program


Careers — Why Major or Minor in Jewish Studies?

Student and tutor confering infront of computer and stack of booksPeople complete the degree and go to different graduate programs or work situations. Remember that it's pretty hard to receive a B.A. and then get hired into a regular, life-long job. But upon completing a JS Major or even a JS Minor, you can tell a potential employee about your skill set:

  • First, the JS major(and the minor, though less so) builds skills in critical thinking and writing, critical historical analysis, socio-cultural analysis and comparative analysis of the "other." These skills equip you for many other areas in the academic, business, social services, law, medicine and professional spheres.
  • Second, the major and minor provides a broad-based foundation of cultural, historical , and artistic background that will help you sharpen your analytical skills and writing. A Jewish Studies degree uses a multidisciplinary approach including philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, archaeology and theology.
  • Third, your learning prepares you to deal intelligently and sensitively within a multi-cultural society. It gives you the cultural literacy background that is needed today in working collaborately with people from different religious, ethnic, racial, and national backgrounds.

Here are some of the jobs our students got without any graduate work, although they DID have work experience or volunteer internships (that JS set up for them through the JS 390cs course (see http://www.csun.edu/jewish.studies/internship.html)

  • teaching in a private school (no credential required)
  • work in a community non-profit organization
  • work for a local city council member or congressman
  • computer-related work
  • business

Our majors and minors have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in:

  • law
  • education
  • business
  • journalism
  • history
  • social work
  • sociology
  • psychology
  • teaching
  • theater
  • counseling
  • the rabbinate or Christian clergy  

Corporate businesses in the U.S., as well as international business firms, are increasingly looking for strong liberal arts majors who have analytical skills and communicate well for management and marketing positions.