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California State University, Long Beach
2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Jewish Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Minor in Jewish Studies

The Minor in Jewish Studies consists of a minimum of 19 units. Jewish Studies encourages undergraduate students to acquire the academic breadth and depth to comprehend the major issues, themes, and concepts of a culture and heritage that has had a distinct impact on world civilization. The interdisciplinary minor consists of courses in a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, religion, geography, Hebrew language, and politics. Students will expand their understanding of the broader dynamics of the Jewish experience through different eras and geographic settings, both in Israel and the Diaspora.


1. Required core course:

  • HIST 141 Jewish Civilization (3)

2. Culture and Society (3 units):

  • CWL 342, 344

3. History area (3 units):

  • HIST 304, 345, 347, 348, 393, 428, 431, 432, 470.

4. Religion and Thought (3 units):

  • R/ST 210, 230, 311, 312I, 314, 315, 317, 318, 319, 320A, 320B, 338I, 460.

5.The remaining seven units to complete the minor may be satisfied through any of the courses listed above, or:

  • GEOG 309I, POSC 367, HEBW 101A, HEBW 101B or other courses as determined by the advisor.

6. In the event that no course is available to satisfy a requirement of the minor, the missing course or courses may be substituted through a directed study, as determined by the advisor.

7. Students must demonstrate a Novice-midlevel reading proficiency in Hebrew (as defined by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language guideliness), either by successfully completing a semester of either Beginning or Biblical Hebrew, or by passing a language test arranged by the Director of the program. Students who have a similar competency in another Jewish language (e.g., Yiddish, Ladino), should contact the Director of the program.

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Jewish Studies

Undergraduate Programs