Degree Options: Minor
Location: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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A religion, a culture, and a history that goes back thousands of years.
The Jewish studies minor can be tailored to your interests, with options for coursework at every level. With faculty members from eight departments and programs, including from the School of Law, you will be able to gain a nuanced understanding of the living and historical traditions of Judaism, the Jewish people, and the modern State of Israel. Fordham's Jesuit roots creates a unique perspective for the minor, illuminating Jewish history and culture through the wider lens of Jews' interactions with other groups—Jewish-Christian relations in particular. With the help of a faculty adviser, you can choose to focus your studies on Judaism throughout history, the sacred texts of Judaism, and the culture of the Jewish people.
Jewish studies courses at Fordham are integrated across the curriculum, across campuses, and across departments, including history, theology, sociology, anthropology, art history, English, gender and women’s studies, and law. As you pursue your studies, you'll engage in dialogue with professors, participate in debates with classmates, and refine your analytical and critical thinking skills. With a minor in Jewish studies, you will be able to follow a coherent course of study outside your major(s) and acquire cross-cultural literacy, and many classes will fulfill your core requirements. You'll also take other classes from our unique and well-rounded core curriculum, including courses in subjects like economics, English composition, mathematics, philosophy, science, and a foreign language. Because we want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.
The minor is particularly appealing to students majoring in history, comparative literature, political science, international studies, business, philosophy, American studies, medieval studies, Middle Eastern studies, English, theology, or social sciences such as sociology or anthropology, and for those seeking to situate and understand the Jewish tradition within a larger context.