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.
Each minor in Jewish Studies must include 5.0 credits from the courses approved in the University Calendar or from courses taken abroad, 1.0 credit of which must be in Hebrew, and each program must be approved by the Director of the Program.
Public lectures, special programs, and visiting scholars enhance Jewish studies courses and provide opportunities for the entire campus and community. To discuss your needs and interests, please contact the Director of the Jewish Studies Program.