Program: Jewish Studies, B.A.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies provides an interdisciplinary examination of Jews and Judaism. Courses in the major explore the interactions of culture, history, language and religion across the global Jewish diaspora. Many courses in the program satisfy General Education requirements or may be used as electives in other majors.

Program Requirements

A course may be used only once within the major. Of the 30 units in the major, at least 18 units must be upper division.

1. Required Courses (18 units)

HIST 210/JS 210 History of the Jewish People (3)
JS 100 Jewish Religion and Culture (3)
JS 318 Applied Jewish Ethics (3)
JS 390CS Nonprofit Internship in the Jewish Community (3)

Select two courses from the following (6 units):

2. Electives (12 units)

Select from the upper division courses listed above as well as the following:

3. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

12 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: JS 100 satisfies C2 Humanities; JS 318 satisfies 3 units of D1 Social Sciences; JS 390CS satisfies E Lifelong Learning; and JS 210/HIST 210 satisfies 3 units of F Comparative Cultural Studies.

If taken, JS 220 satisfies A3 Critical Thinking; JS 300 satisfies C1 Arts; and ENGL 371, HEBR 101, HEBR 102, JS 306/SOC 306, JS 330, JS 335/SOC 335 or RS 378 satisfies 3 units of F Comparative Cultural Studies. ENGL 371, JS 300 or RS 378 also fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Total Units in the Major: 30

General Education Units: 36

Additional Units: 54

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Jewish Studies Program
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
Sierra Tower (ST) 807
(818) 677-6762

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies will be able to:

  1. Describe the variety of Jewish languages, religious practices, and cultures around the world, explain their history, and identify and analyze continuing changes in them.
  2. Analyze how Jewish identity intersects with racial, ethnic, national, and other identities.
  3. Explain the role of foundational Jewish texts in the continuing development of Jewish law and religious practice, and the major historical turning points therein.
  4. Identify, define, explain, and apply major concepts in Jewish ethics, thought, religion, and/or philosophy.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

Jewish Studies - AA-T in Philosophy (2024-Present)

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