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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Jewish Studies Minor

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In the Jewish Studies Program, offered by the Department of History , students learn about Jewish ethnicity, history, literature, languages, ethics, religion, and music, exploring the diverse experiences and challenges of Jews in the United States and across the Jewish diaspora, including Israel and the wider Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. The program encourages awareness of minority perspectives, critical and interdisciplinary thinking, and exploration of cross-cultural relations. As is true with any good learning, the minor seeks to enable students to make the leap from knowledge to commitment and action. To that end, the program encourages students to engage in deeper Jewish-focused research and/or service-oriented fieldwork. The interdisciplinary minor includes courses offered by departments within the College of Humanities and the Arts  and the College of Social Sciences , and helps to prepare students for graduate education (in history, English, international relations, religious studies, philosophy, world languages, etc.), as well as professional training and careers (teaching, law, public sector service and advocacy, foreign service and diplomacy, museums, religious organizations, creative fields, etc.). Scholarships are awarded each semester to outstanding students enrolled in the Jewish studies minor program.

University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major, and coursework for the minor must include a minimum of 6 upper-division units (University Policy S16-4). Minor preparation or minor support courses do not count toward the 12 distinct units. Of the coursework for the minor, at least 6 units must be completed in residence at SJSU. The minimum aggregate GPA for all coursework required for the minor must be at least 2.0.

To allow students their greatest flexibility, the minor has no courses specifically required. Minor credit will be earned for the student’s significant research and focus on Jewish aspects of each course; students should consult with the Jewish Studies coordinator to confirm this significant focus.

Minor Requirements (15 units)

Select 15 units from the courses below, with the following caveat: 

No more than three Hebrew classes may be counted toward the minor.

For courses not primarily about Jewish issues, the student’s own focus on Jewish issues in research/writing will determine whether the course qualifies for Jewish Studies minor credit, subject to approval by the Jewish Studies coordinator.

Additional courses will be approved for the minor by the Jewish Studies coordinator, based on individual instructors’ syllabi (for course numbers that vary in content).

Jewish Studies minors are encouraged to engage in service learning in at least one of their required or elective classes. Students may, if they prefer, deepen their Jewish writing/research through independent study (JWSS 180 ) and/or actively participate in the larger community through fieldwork (PSYC 186  or HIST 199 ).

Total Units Required (15 units)

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