Major in Jewish Studies

Requirements for the major

Beginning in Fall 2021, the Jewish Studies major will consist of ten courses in these five areas:

  • One Gateway course
  • Two courses in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts
  • Two courses in History and Social Science
  • Four courses in Modern Hebrew
  • The Core Seminar, “What Is Jewish Studies?”

For details, please see the UW-Madison Guide.

Can I do a double major?

Absolutely. Since Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field, many students in our program also choose majors or certificates in other departments, including Art, Education, Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Given the broad geographical reach of Jewish civilization, Jewish Studies also pairs well with programs such as African Studies, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, European Studies, German/Nordic/Slavic Studies, International Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. And for students in pre-business, pre-law, and STEM fields, a major or certificate in Jewish Studies provides a fascinating lens into the humanities and social sciences.

Is it possible to switch between a Jewish Studies major and certificate?

Yes. There is considerable overlap in the requirements between the two programs, so make an appointment with undergraduate advisor Gwen Walker if you wish to make the switch.