Minor in Jewish Studies

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A Minor in Jewish Studies provides undergraduate students with a comprehensive view of Jewish thought, history and life. Judaism has flourished in a great variety of cultures in the past and in the present. With this is mind, our courses examine Judaism as a living and dynamic religion in relation to others in the ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary worlds. Undergraduate students develop the ability to apply different methods and models for understanding religion, history and culture – crucial skills in both academic and professional settings.

Additionally, our department fosters a strong, nurturing sense of community. Every faculty member is interested and engaged in the learning of our students, through close mentoring relationships, and our students forge a strong sense of camaraderie and partnership with each other. The Department of Jewish Thoughts offers a truly interdisciplinary program of study uniquely suited to each individual student's interests and goals.

Course Requirements

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I. Required Courses: 

  • JDS 103 – Introduction to Judaism
  • JDS 229 – Medieval Judaism

II. Other Requirements:

Four other JDS courses, or courses from other departments with approved Jewish Studies content (may include two Hebrew language courses). Relevant courses from other universities (American or international) and summer internships will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Please note: At least two courses must be at the 300- or 400-level

Total Credit Hours: 18

Apply to the Minor

Undergraduates may apply for a major or minor in Jewish Studies  by completing an application and scheduling an appointment with Professor Alexandra Zirkle, the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Please email Professor Zirkle at azirkle@buffalo.edu to schedule your appointment.