Minor in Judaic Studies

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The Minor in Judaic Studies offers a way to combine Judaic studies with another field. The curriculum includes one course class, with the remaining 15 credits chosen from elective courses. These courses may be taken from within the Judaic Studies Program or related programs such as religion, political science and history. Unlike the BA in Judaic Studies, there are no foreign language requirements for the minor.

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Hebrew courses are a popular choice among Judaic Studies Program students fulfilling elective requirements for the bachelor's degree or minor. Part of the GW Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Hebrew program helps students develop intermediate to advanced levels of Hebrew proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition to undergraduate students, the Hebrew curriculum also attracts members of the greater Washington, D.C., community and GW faculty and staff.


"My favorite academic experience was my Jewish Geography class. I learned so much about the diverse cities in the U.S. where Jewish immigrants settled. It really reinforced my love for and interest in learning about Judaism both as a religion and culture, because there is so much that I still do not know."

Jennifer Orel
Minor '12

Minor in Judaic Studies Course Requirements 

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including one 3-credit required course and 15 credits in elective courses.
HIST 2050History of Jewish Civilization: From the Bible to Spinoza
or REL 2201 Judaism
Five of the following:
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
CLAS 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
CLAS 2804History of Ancient Israel
CLAS 3104Dead Sea Scrolls
ENGL 3970Jewish American Literature
HEBR 3101Modern Hebrew Literary Classics in Translation
HEBR 3104WGender and Sexuality in Israel
HEBR 3301Modern Hebrew Fiction
HEBR 3302The Israeli Media
HIST 2050History of Jewish Civilization: From the Bible to Spinoza
HIST 2051Antisemitism from Origins to the Present
HIST 2060Modern Jewish History
HIST 2061Ghetto: History of a Concept
HIST 2116Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain
HIST 3061The Holocaust
HIST 3062War Crimes Trials
HIST 3367The American Jewish Experience
HIST 3820History of Israel
JSTD 2001Topics in Judaic Studies: Pre-modern
JSTD 2002Topics in Judaic Studies: Modern
PSC 2379Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel
PSC 2476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 2476WThe Arab-Israeli Conflict
REL 1009The Hebrew Scriptures
REL 2201Judaism
REL 2211Rabbinic Thought and Literature
REL 3221Issues in Jewish Ethics
REL 3291Modern Jewish Thought
REL 3923Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam