The minor in Jewish studies is designed to help students develop a unique, interdisciplinary perspective and build their critical thinking skills by exploring the world through the lens of Jewish studies. Because the program in Jewish studies is inherently interdisciplinary, many students are easily able to fulfill Jewish studies minor requirements while simultaneously completing requirements for their major.

The minor in Jewish studies is open to all students of all backgrounds, Jewish and non-Jewish.


Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school. Students must complete 18 credit hours in Jewish studies courses, of which 12 credit hours must be upper division (3000/4000). All coursework applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better (no pass/fail work may be applied). The GPA for all coursework taken in the minor department must be equal to 2.00 (C) or higher. Students are allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper-division credit hours, of transfer work toward a minor.

For more information, visit the program's Minor in Jewish Studies webpage.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Course3
Introduction to Jewish Culture
Additional Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Jewish History to 1492
Jewish History Since 1492
Mysticism and the Jewish American Literary Tradition
Global History of Holocaust and Genocide
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
Representing the Holocaust
Modern Jewish Literature
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Select four upper-division (3000-4000 level) Jewish Studies courses from the following list or by approval of advisor:12
Of Jewish Legends, Folktales and the Supernatural
Radical Jews
Jerusalem: The Holy City in History, Legend, and Religious Thought
Religion and Feminist Thought
Women, Gender & Sexuality in Jewish Texts & Traditions
The Bible as Literature
The Heart of Europe: Filmmakers and Writers in 20th Century Central Europe
The German-Jewish Experience: From the Enlightenment to the Present
Global Seminar: Jews and Muslims - The Multiethnic History of Istanbul
Contemporary Jewish Societies
Topics in International Affairs and Jewish Studies
History of Arab-Israeli Conflict
Refugees in German Culture
Topics in Jewish Studies (Sephardic Diasporas: Migration and Culture After the Spanish Expulsion)
Internship in Jewish Studies (not repeatable for minor, except by permission of AD of Undergraduate Studies)
Capstone in Jewish Studies (Minors in Jewish Studies may take the Capstone in Jewish Studies (JWST 4000) and count it as one of their required upper division courses with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Jewish Studies.)
Anthropology of Jews and Judaism
Topics in Hebrew Studies (The Hebrew Origins of Western Civilization)
Music in Jewish Culture
God and Politics
Is God Dead?
Love and Desire
Religion and Reproductive Politics in the United States
Israeli Literature: Exile, Nation, Home
Topics in Judaism (The Bible in Judaism and Christianity)
Topics in Judaism (Post-Holocaust American Judaism)
Topics in Judaism (Hebrew Bible)
Topics in Judaism (Meaning After the Holocaust)
Global Seminar: Justice, Human Rights and Democracy in Israel
History of Modern Israel/Palestine
Topics in Jewish History (Modern Childhood in Israel/Palestine)
Topics in Jewish History (Tel Aviv: Urban History and Culture)
History of Modern Jewish-Muslim Relations
Jewish Thought in Modern History
Expulsions and Diasporas: The Jews of Spain and Portugal
Modern European Jewish History
History of Yiddish Culture
The Holocaust: An Anthropological Perspective
Jewish-American Literature
Ethics, Medicine and the Holocaust: Legacies in Health and Society
Modern U.S. Jewish History since 1880
Jews in the American West
Independent Study in Jewish Studies
Topics in Writing (After the Holocaust)
Total Credit Hours18