This is an archive of the 2017-2018 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2017-2018 University Catalog.
To access the most recent version, please visit

Mission Statement

The Jewish Studies interdisciplinary program teaches academic perspectives on Jewish history and on the diversity of Jewish experience. Though CSUN students are our primary responsibility, we also seek to provide knowledge and resources to others on campus and to the public at large. The goal of the Jewish Studies interdisciplinary program is to help people understand the past and respond to important contemporary issues that affect their daily lives, contributing to a more thoughtful and compassionate society for all.

Jewish Studies courses include scholarly, experiential and practical learning that prepares students for the demands of the workplace and civil society. Students taking Jewish Studies courses and interacting with Jewish Studies faculty learn how Jews and Judaism are both part of and distinct from the cultures that surround them, and they see how the experiences of Jews over time and in different places parallel and diverge from those of other minority groups.

Academic Advisement

Contact Program Director Jody Myers at (818) 677-3007 to schedule an appointment.


The Jewish Studies major and minor are particularly suitable for those who are preparing to enter the fields of education, administration, psychology or counseling. Completion of the minor or major will be advantageous for acceptance to graduate schools that offer advanced academic training (Ph.D. programs in Jewish Studies and allied areas), as well as for acceptance to graduate programs offering professional degrees that are necessary for advanced positions in Jewish education, social-welfare agencies and administration. Completion of the major or minor will offer a hiring advantage for positions in the Jewish community in the areas of teaching, administration and social-welfare agencies.

Scholarships and Awards

The Jewish Studies Major and Minor Awards and Jewish Studies Scholarships (through Financial Aid).


Program Committee

  • Jeffrey Auerbach (History)
  • Dorothy G. Clark (English)
  • Terry Hatkoff (Sociology)
  • Jody Myers, Director (Religious Studies)
  • Jennifer Thompson (Jewish Studies)


Director: Jody Myers
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
Sierra Tower (ST) 807
(818) 677-6762