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We take the 3,000 year long history and culture of the Jews as our point of departure for grappling with urgent human questions about justice and knowledge, tradition and change, crisis and resilience.
We welcome students of all backgrounds who seek an intensive liberal arts experience.
COVID-19 Update: Our physical office is closed, but we are still here to serve you. You can contact faculty and staff directly: email us at email@example.com, or leave a voicemail at 503-725-8449. Our JST Virtual Front Desk is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday.
The 2021 Lorry I. Lokey Program
Fantasy Literature and the Holocaust: A Conversation with Special Guest Ruth Franklin
May 6, 2021
Join us for an intriguing conversation between Professor Michael Weingrad and special guest Ruth Franklin, as they discuss aspects of Holocaust portrayal in fantasy literature.
The Fifth Annual Levy Event
Everybody Reads: The Last Unicorn
May 9, 2021
We invite you to read "The Last Unicorn," Peter S. Beagle’s fantasy classic, and attend a worldwide discussion of the book guided by our scholar panelists.
History Culture Religion Language Literature Film
Truly interdisciplinary, our courses span such topics as History, English, Religion, Culture, World Languages & Literature, and Film.
Professors are committed to your success, offering close mentoring in addition to academic advising. Core Judaic Studies courses are taught by tenured professors who are experts in their fields.
As a Judaic Studies major, you will learn how to navigate the complexity of our modern world by understanding its relationship with the past. Delve into the study of Jews and Judaism through history, from ancient Israel to 21st-century America.
Generous scholarships for Judaic Studies majors, from $500 to $7,000 annually. Additional scholarship opportunities for Judaic Studies minors.
Welcome! You are about to embark upon a transformative journey.
Pursuing a bachelor's degree in Judaic Studies from Portland State University, you will learn how to navigate the complexity of our modern world by understanding its relationship with the past.
We welcome students of all backgrounds who seek an intensive liberal arts experience. Our faculty offer close mentoring to support your success. Our partnerships provide opportunities for internships, study abroad and scholarships.
Intimate Learning environment
You'll enjoy small classes taught by our scholar-teachers.
It's the kind of close-knit academic community associated with small liberal arts colleges, all nestled within a major urban university.
Committed to your success.
Judaic Studies professors offer not only academic advising but also close mentoring.
Courses to Develop Fluency in the language
Modern Hebrew is currently the first language of seven million speakers and a gateway to studying Biblical Hebrew.
Vibrant Student Community
Social gatherings and study groups
Students from all backgrounds and majors engage with Hebrew Club, PDX Hillel, the Jewish Student Union and Chai (Cultural Historical Association for Israel).
Study Abroad in Israel
The Lorry I. Lokey Endowed Fund for Israel Scholarship provides between $1,000 and $5,000 annually for a Judaic Studies major to travel to and study abroad in Israel.
What can I do with a Judaic Studies degree?
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies go on to fulfilling professions in education, community and social services, the rabbinate and ministry, research, the arts, marketing, consulting, and law.
You will develop marketable skills perennially relevant in the future of work:
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
- Ability to communicate ideas clearly and compellingly
- Cultural intelligence and global perspective
- Analytical acumen
- Leadership and collaboration
We would love for you to visit our downtown campus to connect with students and our faculty. Learn more about campus tours and how to take a virtual tour.