Undergraduate Minor

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 unofficial transcript.
  2. Fill out the minor application.
  3. Email Jason Sion Mokhtarian, program director, to make an appointment to review the application and transcript.
  4. Once the application is signed by the Director send to Christianne Capalongo, undergraduate coordinator, by email or to the office 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. Only classes passed with a "C" or better may be applied to the minor. S/U option 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
  • JWST 2569 - History and Jewish Diaspora
  • An equivalent introductory survey in Jewish studies approved by the director

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
  • 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.