The Program in Jewish Studies explores Jewish culture, history, society, and thought from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective. The program reflects the core goals of Colorado’s flagship university: to provide an outstanding liberal arts education, to foster critical thought, and to instill a keen appreciation of humanity’s interrelatedness and diversity. At its core, the major trains students to be global citizens by studying the world’s oldest global people.

With a major in Jewish Studies, students will develop fundamental skills in critical thinking, comparative analysis, oral and written expression and a well-rounded perspective of the diversity of the Jewish experience. CU-Boulder’s major in Jewish Studies is designed to encourage students to explore all facets of Jewish life in the context of the larger global society. With internationally acclaimed faculty engaged in cutting-edge research and opportunities to study with leading artists, scholars, and professionals working in the field of Jewish Studies, the program offers an innovative and contemporary curriculum designed to provide a strong foundation in cultural education and to connect Jewish thought and text to action and people’s lives.

As a major, students will have the opportunity to take courses that explore Jewish history, modern Jewish experience in a variety of countries and cultures, Jewish literature, and secular Jewish societies. Courses are offered on a wide array of topics and issues including Jewish culture, the history of the Arab/Israeli conflict, the Holocaust, gender and sexuality in Judaism, Israeli literature, the history of Yiddish culture and cultures of Israel and Palestine.

The study of Jewish culture, society, history, and religion is, by its nature, comparative. Our program offers many cross-listed classes with other departments on campus to facilitate a well-rounded learning experience. Many of our courses also satisfy core requirements.

Minor in Jewish Studies

The Minor in Jewish Studies is designed to help students develop a unique interdisciplinary perspective, building their critical thinking skills by exploring the world through the lens of Jewish Studies.

As the Program in Jewish Studies is inherently interdisciplinary, many students are easily able to fulfill Jewish Studies Minor requirements while simultaneously completing requirements for their Major.

The Jewish Studies major and minor programs are open to students of all backgrounds.

Minor in Hebrew and Israel Studies

The Minor in Hebrew and Israel Studies focuses on developing a student's Hebrew language skills while exploring a variety of courses on issues related to Israel and the Middle East.

This minor is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing an international career or study in the Middle East.

Please visit the Minor in Hebrew and Israel Studies website for more information.

This major provides appropriate professional training, especially for those considering admission to graduate or professional schools and careers in education, law, medicine, public health, journalism, business, urban planning, politics, counseling, international relations, creative writing, as well as university teaching and research.

To help assist in preparing students for the working world, the Program in Jewish Studies offers an internship each semester (JWST3930). This program connects students with community service organizations, non-profits and educational institutions for a semester of service learning, incorporating concepts of Jewish learning and tikkun olam (“repairing the world”). Students then work with a member of the Jewish Studies faculty who connects their internship experience to Jewish Studies through texts. 

Our interns have worked in a wide array of capacities that have included public service with Congressman Jared Polis,  health care at the University of Colorado Hospital, advocacy with a local Jewish LGBT organization, community education with Boulder County AIDS Project, conducting oral histories with the local oral history program, and youth education at a local synagogue. 

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work. 

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

In addition to the internship, Jewish Studies majors are also strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad programs to increase cultural awareness and to bring a global perspective to their studies. Most Jewish Studies majors can satisfy some area and language proficiency requirements while abroad. Thanks to generous support of donors, the Program in Jewish Studies offers several scholarship and grant opportunities that support study abroad experiences. Through CU, students may choose from over 350 study abroad programs and may spend from a few weeks to a full academic year abroad, depending on the program selected. Language study is a prerequisite for participation in many of the programs, so early planning for study abroad is essential. For more information, call the Office of International Education at 303-492-7741 or stop by the Center for Community. Find their home page at: http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/.

The Program in Jewish Studies is home to several historical and artistic archives that provide students with additional opportunities to engage in Jewish Studies research and work closely with CU faculty. There are more than 30 faculty members on the CU-Boulder campus who either specialize in or have research interests related to Jewish Studies. 


Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan.
 

Jewish Studies 4-Year Plan

NOTE: This example will outline the major requirements, but the order of some of your classes can vary greatly.  It is important to check your Degree Audit and work with your major advisor each semester to make sure you are aware of your requirements and graduation timeline.  This is especially true of students with added majors, minors, or certificates.

First Year – Fall Semester
JWST History
(3): See Degree Audit for choices – 2 courses total required
Beginning Foreign Language 1 (3-5): If needed; does not count towards JWST language requirement (Choices are: Hebrew, Russian, German, French, Arabic, or Spanish)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (suggested: Lower Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options; e.g. JWST 1234 for Ideals and Values Core)
Elective or MAPS if needed (3)

First Year – Spring Semester
JWST 2350/GSLL 2350
(3): Introduction to Jewish Culture (fulfills Core Human Diversity)
Beginning Foreign Language 2 (3-5): If needed; does not count towards JWST language requirement (Choices are: Hebrew, Russian, German, French, Arabic, or Spanish)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (suggested: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
Elective or MAPS if needed (3)


Second Year – Fall Semester
JWST History
(3): See Degree Audit for choices – 2 courses total required
Intermediate Foreign Language 1 (3-5): If needed; does not count towards JWST language requirement (Choices are: Hebrew, Russian, German, French, Arabic, or Spanish)
CORE (3): Natural Science Sequence (http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
Elective (3)

Second Year – Spring Semester
JWST Elective
(3): Upper-Division – See Degree Audit for options
Intermediate Foreign Language 2 (3-5): See JWST Degree Audit for options
CORE (3): Natural Science Sequence
CORE (1): Natural Science Lab
Elective (3)
Elective (3)


Third Year – Fall Semester
JWST Elective
(3): Upper-Division – See Degree Audit for options
Advanced Foreign Language 1 (3): See JWST Degree Audit for options
CORE (3): Skills Acquisitions (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Natural Science
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Third Year – Spring Semester
JWST 3930 Internship
(3): Optional but encouraged
Advanced Foreign Language 2 (3): See JWST Degree Audit for options
CORE (3): Content Area (example: Upper-Division Literature and Arts)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3)


Fourth Year – Fall Semester
JWST Elective
(3): Upper-Division – See Degree Audit for options
CORE (3): Natural Science
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
Elective (3) Upper-Division
Elective (3) Upper-Division

Fourth Year – Spring Semester
JWST 4000 Methods in Jewish Studies Capstone Project
(3)
JWST Elective (3): Upper-Division
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3)