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.
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.
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: