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Judaic Studies

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Jonathan C. Finkelstein

Judaic Studies Advisory Committee

Jay M. Freyman
Judith M. Schneider


Jere M. Cohen

Courses in this program are listed under JDST and HEBR.

The minor in Judaic studies addresses the interests of students seeking an intellectual examination of the Jewish experience.

The interdisciplinary program provides a curriculum designed to build understandings of Judaism from historical, literary, social, cultural, religious, and philosophical perspectives. The curriculum allows students to organize their studies within several areas of concentration and to tailor the minor to their academic and career interests.

Judaic studies and Hebrew courses are taught by members of the UMBC faculty and by scholars, researchers, authors, rabbis, and artists from the Greater Baltimore-Washington area.

Minor Program

Areas of Concentration The minor program is structured into six areas of concentration: ancient Judaism, Jewish history: modern and contemporary, Holocaust studies, Judaic literature and language, Jewish religion and philosophy, and modern Israel. A listing of the courses within each area of concentration is available on the Judaic studies Web site ( or from the director. For additional information, call 410-455-2427 or e-mail Requirements The minor in Judaic studies requires a minimum of 18 credits. This requirement can be fulfilled in several ways: (1) by taking at least 18 credits from one area of concentration; (2) by splitting the credits, at least 9+9, across two areas of concentration; or (3) by taking the survey of Judaic studies that includes at least one course from each of five areas of concentration. Selection of the courses should be made with the guidance of an academic advisor. Note: At least 12 of the 18 credits of the minor must be from HEBR or JDST courses. At least six credits of the minor must be from upper-level courses, and at least nine credits must be from courses taken at UMBC.