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Jewish Studies at Queen's University

Jewish Studies Program

Watson Hall
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Program Director: H.Adelman

Jewish civilization has a recorded history of 4,000 years.  With texts spanning from the Hebrew Scriptures to post-modern writing, Jewish literature can be found in many languages.  While located in many civilizations, Jews have been most intimately involved with those of the West and the Middle East.  Studying Jews and Judaism in these contexts provides students with insight into the complexities of culture and identity.  A minor in Jewish studies well complements many majors in the humanities and enhances concentrations in the sciences.

No specific background is required to enroll in many Jewish studies courses. Students considering specialization in Jewish studies should pursue the acquisition of Hebrew offered in the Queen’s Hebrew courses as well as at programs in Israel. Indeed, courses taken at Israeli universities count towards the Jewish Studies minor. Courses in Jewish studies, like many fields in the humanities and social sciences, offer a background for many careers requiring liberal arts training.  They also prepare students for graduate study, clergy training, education, and communal service.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Minor in Jewish Studies
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts - BA

General in Jewish Studies
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar

First Year Courses

Hebrew Courses and Level of Language Competence
The courses offered each year in modern Hebrew in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures provide different levels of instruction suitable for students with a range of backgrounds in the language, from those with no training at all in Hebrew or minimal exposure, to those with a more extensive background (e.g., Jewish day school, yeshivah, previous university training, study in Israel, Hebrew as a native language). Students with anything but the most rudimentary background in the language should not enrol in the introductory modern Hebrew course (HEBR 190/6.0).  To ensure that students are properly placed according to their levels of linguistic competence, students must consult with the instructor of the course or the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures about course placement. All students may take the Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. 

Courses taken at Israeli Universities
Courses taken at Israeli universities, subject to Faculty of Arts and Science regulations on credit for courses taken elsewhere, may be counted toward a Minor/General Plan in Jewish Studies with the prior permission of the Director.  Consult the Director for more information on Israeli and other universities, programs and scholarships.

What it takes to study Jewish Studies in your second year >

Click here for the complete list of Courses in Arts and Science

Job and Career Opportunities for Jewish Studies Grads

Jewish studies offers courses in the major disciplinary departments of the humanities and supports the critical and analytical thinking in these areas. Because the Jewish people have interacted with so many cultures and societies, Jewish studies enhances any major in the humanities or complements any studies in the social or life sciences. There are professional careers in academics, community, clergy, and education, but most students, like those in the humanities go on to law, medicine, business, and other careers. Work in Jewish studies contributes to their work breadth and depth that will enhance writing, speaking, and engagement in many cultural and social situations.

Some of our Jewish Studies grads work in the following industries:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Banking 
  • Broadcasting - Radio and T.V.
  • Civil Service
  • Communications
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Fundraising
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Immigration Services
  • Intercultural Counselling
  • Interpretation
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing
  • Media – Electronic & Print
  • Mediation
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Religious Studies
  • Teaching - General
  • Tourism & Travel
  • Translation
  • Writing

Career paths for Jewish Studies grads handout from Career Services >

Have Questions?

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