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Earn a B.A. degree or a minor in Judaic Studies, and build a deeper understanding and engagement with our diverse and interconnected world. Choose from a wide range of courses in literature, arts, culture, history and theology.
  • Earn a B.A. degree or a minor in Judaic Studies,...
Welcome! The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies offers a B.A. degree and a minor. Through this interdisciplinary field, our students and faculty contribute to the intellectual dynamism of the metropolitan Portland State University campus.

Judaic Studies explores a global civilization and its fascinating journey through history from antiquity and the medieval world to modern-day Europe, Israel, America and beyond. We engage students of all backgrounds through a rich and flexible curriculum, and serve the greater Portland area through a range of community partnerships and events.

An undergraduate Major Degree in Judaic Studies is now available. Please use this website to learn about our course offerings in Judaic Studies and Hebrew language, upcoming lectures and symposia, Major and Minor degrees, and participating facultyWe also recently welcomed the Pacific Northwest's only professor of Israel StudiesWe encourage you to join our quarterly email newsletter list, which announces Portland area courses, lectures, films, and events of interest.  

We are called "The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies," and we bear that name proudly. The Schnitzer name symbolizes a family's firm and ongoing commitment to our program, as well as to Portland State University, greater Portland and the region at large. With the support of the Harold Schnitzer family, our program has experienced tremendous growth, both in our student population and that of our donors.