The Jewish Studies minor emphasizes Jewish history, religion, thought, texts, literature, the arts, traditions, and their development within the context of diverse civilizations.

The program not only explores Jews and Judaism but also their relationship with other world civilizations in the realms of social sciences, humanities, and the arts.


Interdisciplinary approach, wide breadth of studies

Linking disparate fields of study that are usually examined separately, our minor exposes students to a wide range of disciplines and gives students the opportunity for synthesizing and critically reflecting on their course of study.


Tailor the Jewish Studies Minor to Your Research Interests

You may choose your own area of interest within the Jewish Studies Minor, for instance, you might like to focus on Jewish identities, Jews in the ancient world, Jewish literature, or the Nazi Holocaust.


After Graduation

Avenues often pursued by Jewish Studies minors include Social Welfare, Law, Medicine, Jewish Communal Administration, Education, the Rabbinate or Cantorate, and Masters and Ph.D. programs.


REL 113
Introduction to Jewish Traditions.

Examines the history, thought, and practices of Jewish traditions in global perspective. (D) (3 h)

REL 390 B
Special Topics in Religion:  Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Religion topics of special interest. May be repeated for credit. Group I-III with department approval. P-POI. (1.5-3 h) Antisemitism and Islamophobia

HST 321
Zionism, Palestine, and Israel in Historical Perspective

Investigates both the European causes of Zionism and the Middle Eastern consequences of the establishment of the State of Israel. Through our discussion, students will be introduced to many of the scholarly debates over the history, practices, and consequences of Zionism, the State of Israel, and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. (3 h)


  • A minimum of fifteen credit hours
  • Courses must be from at least two departments
  • At least three must be upper level courses (200 level or above).
  • No more than six credit hours of Hebrew or some other Jewish language can be counted toward the minimum number of courses.

Please see the current director with any questions.



Associate Professor, Department of German & Russian

boyertm@wfu.edu

Professor, Department of English

francodj@wfu.edu

Director of the Jewish Studies Program
Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Religions

glauztae@wfu.edu

Associate Professor, Department of German & Russian

howardal@wfu.edu

Professor, Department of Politics & International Affairs

ckennedy@wfu.edu

Professor, Department of History

lernerjd@wfu.edu

Associate Teaching Professor, Department for the Study of Religions

pacelc@wfu.edu

Associate Professor, Department of History

rupp@wfu.edu

Professor & Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History, Department of History

trachtbc@wfu.edu

Associate Professor, Department of Communication

beaslea@wfu.edu

Associate Professor, Department of History

yarfitmh@wfu.edu

An Evening with Saul Dreier, Founder of The Holocaust Survivor Ban

Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30pm
Porter Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest University

A Talk by Jane Hathaway

Tuesday, April 2 AT 5:00 PM
ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404

Book Discussion with Rosie Danan

March 22nd at 4pm
ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404

Artist Talk with Naomi Greenberg

Thursday, November 16th at 6pm
Divinity & Religious Studies Building, Room 202

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