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Yiddish Minor

The Yiddish undergraduate minor is a unique opportunity for students to focus on the study of the Yiddish language and explore its culture from perspectives of various disciplines (English, History, American Culture, Political Science, Comparative Literature, German and Slavic Studies). It combines language instruction with cultural immersion, allowing students to progress to a high level of fluency. Students will focus on Yiddish literary and historical texts, folklore, films, children’s literature, and music, to help them learn Yiddish in a broad context within the history, sociology, politics, literature, and music it produced. Courses are taught by prestigious Yiddish studies scholars who are recognized throughout the academic world. The minor offers courses and study opportunities that demonstrate our commitment to engaging students using the latest methods and technologies in language pedagogy.



  • 2nd term Yiddish or the equivalent  (YIDDISH 102)


  • 15 Credits
  • At least three (3) of the courses must be taken at the U-M Ann Arbor campus
  • 4th Term Yiddish (YIDDISH 202 or equivalent)
  • 9 additional credits from approved courses; 3 credits must be at the 300 level or above.


Please enjoy our YouTube video of our Yiddish students singing Harshl.