College of Liberal Arts
This multidisciplinary program focuses on the experience of the Jewish people from antiquity to the present. The program offers both a minor and a major in Jewish Studies, consisting of appropriate courses in the School of Languages and Cultures and the departments of Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. The program includes a required course, “Introduction to Jewish Studies" (JWST 33000, crosslisted as HIST 30200, and POL 49300), plus four semesters of Hebrew language for the major. In addition, students are required to take 15 hours selected from at least two separate subject areas for the minor, and 21 hours selected from five separate subject areas for the major (with no more than six hours from any one subject area, and 12 hours selected at the 30000 or 40000 level).
The program also seeks to marshal the resources of the University in the area of Jewish Studies, to encourage scholarship in the field and to promote intellectual activities that bring the richness of Jewish studies as well as the history, language and culture of the Jewish people to the larger University community. The program is open to all Purdue students. Members of the program edit Shofar, a quarterly journal of Jewish studies.