Jewish Studies

As a Union College Jewish Studies minor, you will examine Jewish culture, history, language and religion, from ancient to medieval to modern times, from the Diaspora to Israel.

This highly interdisciplinary academic program draws on a wide range of fields, including English, German, Hebrew, History, Spanish, Music, Political Science and Religious Studies.

You will explore courses as diverse as the American Jewish Experience, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Shoah in Film, Middle East Politics, Jewish Women Writers and Yiddish Literature in Translation. And as part of our program, you’ll be required to learn Hebrew, either Biblical or modern.  

Those who minor in Jewish Studies might be interested in pursuing a learning and service mini-term in Poland and Lithuania, which focuses on Holocaust and World War II history and restoring Jewish cemeteries.