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Judaic Studies explores its key themes in an interdisciplinary fashion, using the tools of history, law, literature, and culture to investigate the broad sweep of nationhood, religion, language, and space.

Minors gain a familiarity with Jewish cultures and societies.  Students from a wide range of disciplines pursue the minor to complement and enrich their primary program of study.

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.