Jewish Studies (BA)

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 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.

Degree Offered

Jewish Studies (BA)
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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

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 will 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

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Business Intelligence Analysts 3.3%$83,410
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 15.1%$68,950
Financial Analysts 11.7%$78,620
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Labor Relations Specialists-7.8%$56,950
Judicial Law Clerks-6.3%$48,640
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 21.7%$109,980
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary11.6%$63,630
Directors, Religious Activities and Education4.3%$38,480

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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