What can a Jewish & Israel studies minor do for you?

Have you ever wondered how an ancient culture developed into a modern one? Then dig a little deeper into cultural diversity and experience with the Jewish & Israel studies minor.

Don't know much about Jewish culture or the Middle East? Not a problem. We'll teach you! All you need is an interest in broadening your perspective on spirituality, ethnicity and culture.

Whether you thirst for a broader spiritual understanding, or you hunger for historical perspective, the Jewish & Israel studies minor is sure to satisfy. The minor will introduce you to Jewish religion, literature and history.

The study of Jewish culture and Israeli history isn't limited to the classroom, however. Get involved in Hillel on campus. Visit the Hillel House for a Shabbat meal prepared in the home's kosher kitchen. Better yet, study abroad in Israel through our GO Jerusalem program or one of our partner programs in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beer-Sheva and Haifa.

The Jewish studies minor requires 22 semester hours of study in courses such as Introduction to Judaism, Jewish Literature and The Holocaust, along with two semester hours of independent study.

The Jewish & Israel studies minor consists of 22 semester hours, including JWST-113 Introduction to Judaism, JWST-255 Jewish Literature, JWST-338 The Holocaust, eight semester hours selected from the other available Jewish & Israel studies courses listed below and two semester hours of independent study approved by the director.

The various departments that partner with the Jewish & Israel studies program may offer special topic and variable content courses of interest (such as Biblical Hebrew, Jewish and Israeli Cinema, etc.) that will be cross-listed as JWST-390 and that will satisfy the elective requirement of the minor. 

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 6 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.

Laurence D. Roth, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English

Email Address roth@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4202

David M. Imhoof, Ph.D.

Department: History
Professor of History


Karla G. Bohmbach, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Professor of Religious Studies

Email Address bohmbach@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4167

Shari Jacobson, Ph.D.

Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology


Rabbi Nina Mandel

Department: Religious Studies
Adjunct Faculty in Religious Studies

Email Address mandel@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4718

Recent graduates are employed at:

Astral Artists, Philadelphia, Pa.
Geisinger Health System, Camp Hill Pa.
Katie Louise Photography, Bridgeville, Pa.
Texas Department of State Health Services

Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:

Boston University
Catholic University of America, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Drexel University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Iowa
University of York (United Kingdom)
West Chester University

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