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Judaic Studies

This interdisciplinary program combines the study of Hebrew with history, literature, philosophy and other fields to familiarize students with the experience of the Jews of the past and present. Judaic studies offers students a wide range of approaches to exploring and understanding Jewish history, culture and religion.


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1 years

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Judaic Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


French Hall West
PO Box 210169
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0169
Matthew Kraus
Phone: 513-556-2297

Student Success Factors

Successful students in Judaic studies demonstrate the core abilities and skills required in many liberal arts disciplines: academic focus, time management and the ability to develop high-level critical thinking skills. In particular, Judaic studies is suited to students who work well with languages and wish to study Judaism in its religious, historical, literary and cultural contexts. The program welcomes students of all backgrounds - field biology majors do not need to be mice and Judaic studies students do not need to be Jewish!

Career Possibilities

Judaic studies graduates are well-prepared for further academic work in Judaic studies, Near and Middle Eastern studies, religious studies, Holocaust studies and other related fields. As a multi- and interdisciplinary field, Judaic studies provides an outstanding general education. Judaic studies also prepares one for careers in research and in various private- and-public sector fields. In addition to pursuing graduate study, Judaic majors and minors enjoy careers in:

  • education
  • community service
  • a wide variety of religion-affiliated organizations
  • journalism
  • social work
  • business
  • and many other fields that value individuals whose skills include research, writing and critical thinking.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Judaic Studies Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Judaic Studies Minor Requirements
    • JUDC1027, History of Jewish Civilization I: Origins to 1500, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • JUDC1028, History of Jewish Civilization 2: 1500 to the Present, DC, HP, 3 - 4
    • JUDC1035, Introduction to Judaism, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDCxxxx, Two courses from Advanced Electives in Literature group below, 6
    • JUDCxxxx, One course from Advanced Elective in Thought group below, 3
    • JUDCxxxx, Two courses of JUDC free electives, 6
    Advanced Electives in Literature
    • JUDC2026, Survey of the New Testament, HU, 3
    • JUDC2033, The Old Testament Between Jews and Christians, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2036, Introduction to Rabbinic Literature in Translation, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2037, Demons in the Bible and Related Texts, SE, HU, 3
    • JUDC2052, Introduction to Jewish Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2053, Yiddish Literature in Translation, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2056, Literature of the Holocaust, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2059, American Jewish Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2071, Jews in American Film, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2072, Israeli Cinema, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2073, Film and Holocaust, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC2074, Cinema Divine: Religion and the Bible in Film, HP, HU, 3
    • JUDC3001, Biblical Narratives, 3
    • JUDC3003, Biblical Interpretation in the Greco-Roman Period (323BCE-620CE), 3
    • JUDC3037, Israeli Literature in Translation, 3
    • JUDC3048, The New Testament in its Jewish Matrix, 3
    • JUDC3056, Yiddish Literature in Translation, 3
    • JUDC3080, Dead Sea Scrolls, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3090, Art and Judaism, 3
    • JUDC4005, The Bible and the Ancient World, 3
    • JUDC6012, Special Topics in Judaic Studies: Literature, Art, and Film, 1 - 6
    • JUDC6030, Jewish Music, 3
    • JUDC6075, Jewish Women Writers, 3
    Advanced Elective in Thought
    • JUDC2034, Judaism and Christianity in Conflict, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC2035, Chanukah in History, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC2041, Women in Jewish Civilization, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2061, Modern Jewish Thinkers, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC2064, Jewish Humor/Women's Humor, DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC3013, Topics in Modern Judaism, 3
    • JUDC3014, Jewish Women's Salons and Their Impact on Culture, Identity and Modernity , DC, HU, 3
    • JUDC3016, Jewish Bioethics, SE, HU, 3
    • JUDC3017, God, 3
    • JUDC3018, Eat, Drink, Pray, Love: Food, Alcohol, and Sex in Jewish Life and Law, SE, HU, 3
    • JUDC3026, Jewish Nationalism, 3
    • JUDC3027, Modern Jewish Politics, 3
    • JUDC3028, Women in the Bible, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3030, Jews and Islam, DC, HP, 3
    • JUDC3045, Modernity and the Jewish Intellectual Tradition , 3
    • JUDC3052, Gender and Judaism, 3
    • JUDC3055, Jewish Autobiographies: The Mind of the Secular Jew , 3
    • JUDC3082, Studies in the Holocaust, 3
    • JUDC3084, The History of Antisemitism, 3
    • JUDC3085, Religion and Genocide, 3
    • JUDC3086, Jewish Heretics, 3
    • JUDC3087, Freud and Judaism, 3
    • JUDC3095, Medieval Jewish Philosophy, 3
    • JUDC4080, Jews in Europe, 3
    • JUDC4087, The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil, 3
    • JUDC6010, Antisemitism , 3
    • JUDC6013, Special Topics in Judaic Studies: Thought and Philosophy, 1 - 6
    Free Electives
    • JUDCxxxx, Must be in discipline: JUDC, 6

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

The University of Cincinnati’s Department of Judaic Studies offers the student a unique academic and cultural experience. Since UC is a state-affiliated school, students of all backgrounds are welcome, and the program carries no theological or political agenda. The department enjoys a healthy relationship with nearby institutions such as Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Jacob Marcus Center, the American Jewish Archives and the Center for Holocaust Education, and students have ongoing opportunities to work with those institutions.

The department’s faculty represent a wide range of disciplines within the field and boasts both distinguished publication records and numerous teaching and service awards. At the same time, professors and instructors are engaged and accessible, offering students personal attention and a feeling of community in a large university setting.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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