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The minor in Judaic Studies provides a basic familiarity with Judaic Studies. It introduces students to Jewish cultures and societies. Judaic Studies courses explore the diverse experiences of the Jewish people, their traditions, their histories, their interactions with other cultures, and their impact on world civilizations. The fifteen credits required for a minor in Judaic Studies are tailored to complement and enrich the programs of students who come from a widespread range of disciplines. A degree in Judaic Studies enhances vital skills in research and writing, critical and creative thinking, cultural awareness, public speaking, and persuasive communicating. Judaic Studies minors pursue careers in Jewish communal services, social work, education, development, political advocacy, religious leadership, law, medicine, business, and other professional fields.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites to the Minor:

  • None


Requirements for the Minor:

At least 15 credits. At least 6 credits must be taken at the 300- or 400-level.

At least 1 of the following 3 core courses:

  • JUDAIC 205: What is Judaism?
  • JUDAIC 210: Sources of Jewish History
  • JUDAIC 281: Jews in the Modern World

Hebrew and Yiddish courses must be at the 300-level or above. Only one Independent Study course can be used towards the minor.


  • At least 3 of the courses must be taken at the UM Ann Arbor campus.
  • A minor in Judaic Studies is not open to students with a major in Judaic Studies, a Hebrew Studies submajor from the Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, or a minor in Yiddish.



  • A student who is interested in a major in Judaic Studies should meet with the major advisor as early as possible to plan a coherent course of study.  Please email or call 734-615-6097 to schedule an appointment.