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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 judaicst@pdx.edu, 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. 

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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. 

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.

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
  • Empathy

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.

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