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Courses & Degree Programs

PSU Judaic Studies offers a variety of courses each year, taught both through the program and through affiliate departments.

We work closely with the Department of World Languages and Literatures to support Hebrew language instruction

We offer an undergraduate minor degree, and an undergraduate major degree is currently in development.  Judaic Studies does not at present offer post-graduate degrees, but our faculty often advise MA students in the History Department who focus on Jewish history.

Thanks to the generosity of the Aspen Mitzvah Fund, we offer scholarships to qualified students taking third-year Hebrew.  Students undertaking the Minor in Judaic Studies at PSU may apply for the Sara Glasgow Cogan Scholarship, which provides support for students undertaking credit-bearing internships at Jewish communal and cultural organizations.  For other information on scholarships in Judaic Studies, please contact the program advisor.


Advanced undergraduate students and Judaic Studies minors of academic distinction may set up special tutorials, internships, research projects, and by-arrangement courses, with the permission of a qualified instructor.

For general registration information, go here. Seniors may register for most courses through the Senior Adult Learning Center.


To earn the Minor in Judaic Studies, a student must complete 28 credits, at least 16 credits of which must be upper-division courses, and at least 12 credits of which must be taken in residence at PSU.  These 28 credits must include the following coursework:

  • -- 4 credits of a survey course in modern Jewish history 
  • -- 4 credits of coursework focusing primarily on Jewish history/culture in the United States 
  • -- 4 credits of coursework focusing primarily on Jewish history/culture in the State of Israel 
  • -- 4 credits of coursework focusing primarily on Jewish history/culture prior to 1700 

-- as well as 12 credits of elective coursework in Judaic Studies, 4 credits of which may include coursework not taught by core Judaic Studies faculty but which has a conceptual, topical, or methodological relevance to the discipline of Judaic Studies, and up to 8 credits of which may be satisfied with Hebrew language courses at 203 or higher.

Contact the program advisor for specific information on which courses may be used to fulfill these requirements.