Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Essay Contest

The Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program sponsors a $250 prize each year for the best paper in the area of Jewish Studies.


Essays on topics related to Jewish history, literature, society, or arts written by a CSUN undergraduate for any CSUN course held Fall 2014. Essays must be submitted after they are graded; revisions are permitted. Open to students of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.


The essay may take the form of a case study, a report on research, or an analysis that is literary, philosophical, historical, biographical, sociological, or theological. The essay must be the original, unpublished work of the student.


The essays will be judged based on Jewish Studies content, quality of writing, clarity of argument, and originality.


Submit a hard copy of the essay to the Jewish Studies Program, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Sierra Tower 807, along with a completed entry form available in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. Except for the entry form, the student's name should not appear anywhere on the submitted work. In addition, submit a digital copy in Word to – this copy should not include the student name. Only one submission per student is permitted.


Spring submission date is December 1, 2014. Final decisions are announced three weeks later.


The contest will be judged by Jewish Studies Faculty.

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