Major and Minor

Get Your B.A. or Minor in Judaic Studies

Study Jewish history, culture, and literature at Portland State University!

Our department features:

  • A small group of scholar-teachers who are deeply committed to their students
  • An intimate learning environment with small-scale lecture classes and seminars
  • Modern Hebrew courses with outstanding language instructors
  • Opportunities for study abroad, internships, and independent study
  • A close-knit community of students
  • A range of scholarships for Judaic Studies majors
  • Connections to Jewish student groups on campus and Jewish community organizations across Portland  


Get your degree in Judaic Studies

The major and minor in Judaic Studies trains students of all backgrounds in the skills and tools associated with the academic study of Judaism and Jewish culture. The courses we teach offer knowledge and understanding of a major world civilization and its fascinating journey through history. From antiquity and the medieval world to modern-day Europe, Israel, America and beyond. Discover Jewish culture and issues through close reading, canonicity, historical analysis, the complexity of identity, and the dynamics of tradition and modernity. Through exploration of Jewish culture, Jewish contributions to other cultures, and the impact of modernity on national, ethnic, and religious identity, students will broaden and deepen their education, better preparing them for our interconnected world of diverse cultures and religions.


Requirements for earning a Judaic Studies B.A.

Requirements for earning a Judaic Studies Minor.


Judaic Studies does not presently offer post-graduate degrees, but our faculty often advise MA students in the History Department who focus on Jewish history. For more information, please contact the department or a faculty member.


New majors and minors should plan to meet with Natan Meir, department chair, soon after declaring, in order to map out a plan for the degree. Returning students should meet with Prof. Meir at least once a year, if not more frequently. 

Students should also take advantage of academic advising offered by the excellent advisors in the Language, Culture, and Meaning Pathway. Martha, Roxanne, Tanya, and Jon are dedicated to student success and to helping students understand and realize their professional and personal goals. They can help students with course scheduling, declaring a major, thinking about graduate education, and exploring career paths. 

New students considering the major are welcome to contact Prof. Meir directly to set up an appointment .


Your Bachelors degree is within reach! When you choose Judaic Studies as your major or minor, you are eligible for an array of scholarships, internships and opportunities to study abroad. We also offer scholarships to qualified students taking third-year Hebrew, thanks to the generosity of the Aspen Mitzvah Fund.

Visit our Scholarships webpage to learn about the scholarships and intership opportunities available.



Explore careers in the Liberal Arts & Sciences and Judaic Studies at the PSU Careers page. The Careers office will also help in resume writing, job preparation skills, and networking.