BA Jewish Studies

Explore Jewish life and history by examining topics from religious and spiritual values to political and philosophical viewpoints. Study the history and modern life of the Jewish religion while developing an understanding of Jewish contributions to Western civilization.


The BA in Jewish studies offers a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural program of study focusing on the study of Judaism, defined as the civilization of the Jews. It considers Jewish history and modern life and facilitates enhanced cultural awareness and a global perspective.

As with other degree programs in the humanities, a bachelor's degree program in Jewish studies can provide a balance to studies in contemporary science and technology.

Students choose a thematic concentration from history and society, literature and culture, or religion and thought.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Accelerated Degrees

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

Admission Requirements

General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.


Students who receive a bachelor's degree in Jewish studies and pursue a career with one of the hundreds of U.S. companies that do business in Israel have a competitive edge because of their familiarity with Jewish culture. Jewish studies graduates are also prepared to:

  • attend rabbinical seminary in preparation for becoming a community rabbi or chaplain
  • engage in world political and economic issues
  • pursue advanced education in Jewish professional service fields

The degree also provides a firm foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees related to their area of interest in fields that may include:

  • archaeology
  • creative writing
  • ethics
  • film and media
  • history
  • journalism
  • justice studies
  • law
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • religious studies


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