Undergraduate Minor

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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.


  1. Obtain a copy of your Cornell transcript. Request a transcript online.
  2. Complete the minor application, found in 409 White Hall.
  3. Make an appointment to meet with Jonthan Boyarin, program director; email jboyarin@cornell.edu.
  4. Once the form is signed, return to Christianne Capalongo in 409 White Hall

Minor Requirements

A minimum of four Jewish studies courses are required to complete the minor. No course may be used to satisfy two requirements and S-U grade option is not permitted. The following parameters must be met:

  1. One introductory survey course in Jewish studies (choose one)
    • JWST 2644 - Introduction to Judaism
    • JWST 2651 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
    • JWST 2676 - Holy War, Crusade and Jihad in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
    • An equivalent introductory survey in Jewish studies approved by the director Jonathan Boyarin.
  2. Two Historical Breadth Jewish studies courses at the 2000-level or above. Must fall within one of the two following periods: 3000 BCE to 600 CE; and 600 CE to present.
  3. One Jewish studies course at the 3000-level or above. Topical courses taught in Hebrew or other languages may be used to fulfill this requirement.