Majors / Minors
Judaic Studies Emphasis within a Religious Studies Major
In cooperation with the School of Religion, Jewish Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Judaic Studies. This emphasis provides the opportunity for in-depth study of Jewish thought, ethics, history, literature, tradition, spirituality, and gender studies using approaches developed through the academic study of religion. It is an interdisciplinary program that challenges and stimulates students to examine and learn about Judaism as a topic of academic inquiry.
Students will complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion, including any three of the following courses: JS 321, JS 361, JS 382, JS 467 or REL 312. As a prerequisite for participation in the Judaic Studies emphasis, students must enroll in either JS 100 or JS 180. In addition, students who elect the Judaic Studies emphasis must complete HEBR 120, HEBR 150, and HEBR 220, which may also be used to fulfill USC Dornsife's language requirement. The total number of units to graduate with the Judaic Studies emphasis major is 36 units, not including the Hebrew language requirement.
Minor in Judaic Studies
The minor in Judaic Studies provides the opportunity for in-depth study of Jewish thought, ethics, history, literature, tradition, spirituality, and gender studies. It is an interdisciplinary program that challenges and stimulates students to examine and learn about Jews and Judaism as a topic of academic inquiry.
For the minor, student must take and successfully pass 20 units in Judaic Studies and Religion. The following courses are required: REL 301 and either JS 100 or JS 180. Three additional courses may be chosen from among JS 321, JS 340, JS 361, JS 375, JS 382, JS 383, and REL 312. Successful completion of five 4-unit courses or the equivalent in Jewish Studies is required.
Minor in Jewish American Studies
In conjunction with American Studies and Ethnicity, Jewish Studies offers a multi-disciplinary program designed to introduce students to the history and culture of American Jews in comparative context. Classes look at Jews’ interactions with diverse communities and cultures throughout the United States. This minor develops skills in thinking critically about majority and minority cultures, diversity among ethnic groups, and multi-faith relationships.
For the minor, 20 units of American Studies and Judaic Studies are required. Core requirements: AMST 202 and JS 300. In addition, students must take three courses from the following: AMST 301, AMST 350, JS 330, JS 360, JS 379, JS 381, JS 382, JS 383, JS 428.