Jewish Studies Undergraduate Program

The Jewish Studies Program at UC San Diego offers a major and two minors:

Jewish Studies Major (JU25)

Majors study Jewish history and culture in detail, from its biblical roots through the modern era, an endeavor that is aided through their study of the Hebrew language. A major in Jewish Studies is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing Jewish Studies at the graduate level, or in entering Jewish education or the clergy. Moreover, our courses, with their emphasis on critical analysis and writing, prepare students for fields such as teaching, law, or public policy.

Jewish Studies Minor (JU25)

The Judaic Studies minor is ideal for students who would like to gain a better understanding of Jewish history and culture--but not necessarly learn Hebrew. This minor is an excellent complement to a number of majors including but not limetied to Middle East Studies, Religious Studies, History, Political Science, or Anthropology.

Hebrew Language and Literatures Minor (M052)

The minor in Hebrew Language and Literature is designed for students interesed in learning to read and speak Hebrew. Students completing this minor usually complete two years of Hebrew Language instruction and take one course with a strong Hebrew emphasis. This minor is likewise an excellent complement to a number of majors including but not limetied to Middle East Studies, Religious Studies, History, Political Science, or Anthropology.

Programs Abroad

Jewish Studies majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad. The Education Abroad Program (EAP) is a UC-wide program. All courses taken through EAP are considered UC courses for which UC credit is earned, and grades are directly recorded on the transcript and factored into your UCSD overall GPA. After the admissions office's acceptance of EAP course units, the Jewish Studies Program independently determines which courses may be applied to the major by petition.  We recommend that all students meet with a faculty advisor to discuss his/her study abroad coursework prior to leaving. 

Program Options

University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP)
  • Designed specifically for University of California students
  • Study abroad in 35 countries worldwide
  • Earn UC credit and letter grades
UC San Diego Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP)
  • Study abroad through another university's or organization's program and earn transfer credit at UCSD
  • Find work or teaching opportunities
  • Intern abroad for credit, experience or pay
  • International volunteer programs
UC San Diego Global Seminars
  • Summer session programs abroad led by UCSD faculty
  • Taught in English
  • Earn UCSD credit
Programs Administered by Other Departments
  • May be for credit or just for experience
  • Contact the department or office indicated for more information

For more information make an appointment to speak with a Study Abroad Advisor.

Jewish Studies Major Learning Objectives [PDF]