Welcome to the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Southern California. Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field, and USC is proud to offer courses in several areas, as well as two minors and a shared major. In our courses you will explore how Jews have interacted with other religious and ethnic groups. You will grapple with the history of the ancient world and the Holocaust. You will discover the connections between Judaism and food, Judaism and sex, and Judaism and magic. And you will gain enough Hebrew fluency to converse with Israelis and read Hebrew poetry. Whether you want to create an intensive program of study or dabble in a course or two, you have come to the right place.
Judaic Studies Learning Objectives
Jewish Studies offers multidisciplinary courses in history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, sociology, and linguistics that aid students in gaining an understanding of the Jewish past and present. Students majoring and minoring in Jewish studies should graduate with: