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The College of Arts Sciences

Undergraduate Minor

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Minor Requirements

Cornell University undergraduates with an interest in Semitic languages, the Hebrew Bible, medieval and modern Hebrew literature and film, ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history, Holocaust Studies, Jewish ethnography, world Jewish literature, and Yiddish culture are invited to complete a minor in Jewish Studies by taking four courses subject to the following parameters. (no course may be used to satisfy two requirements; S–U option not permitted):

One Introductory Survey in Jewish Studies (choose one of the following):

  • JWST 2644 - Introduction to Judaism  
  • JWST 2651 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • JWST 2676: Holy War, Crusade and Jihad in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • JWST 2569: History and Jewish Diaspora 
  • An equivalent introductory survey in Jewish Studies approved by the director, Jonathan Boyarin.

Two Historical Breadth (Jewish Studies courses at the 2000-level or above): Must fulfill temporal breadth, defined as: one course whose chronological parameters fall within the following periods:

  • 3000 BCE to 600 CE
  • 600 CE to the present.

One Upper-level course (Jewish Studies course at the 3000-level or above): Topical courses taught in Hebrew or other languages may be used to fulfill this requirement.

For more information on declaring a minor in Jewish Studies, please contact Jonathan Boyarin, Director of Jewish Studies or Christianne Capalongo, Undergraduate Coordinator.


Applications can be found in 409 White Hall.