- Jewish Studies at UMD
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The minor in Jewish Studies offers students an opportunity to understand the full range of Jewish experience over the past four millennia. By exploring its history, literature, culture, philosophy, and texts, students complete the minor with a broad knowledge of Jewish life.
For more information about the Jewish Studies minor, please see our page on The Minor in Jewish Studies.
The minor in Israel Studies allows students to study the history, culture, and political structure of Israel and its place in the Middle East, including the Hebrew and Arabic languages. Students must complete a total of 18 credits, including ISRL 349Z: History of Zionism and Israel; ISRL 448: Seminar in Israel Studies; and 4 other ISRL courses, one of which must satisfy the Middle East Studies requirement of the minor.
For more information about the Israel Studies minor, please see the Israel Studies website .
Students at the University may also obtain a minor in Religious Studies, a program designed to introduce students to the study of religion in historical, sociological, and philosophical context. To obtain this minor, students must complete 15 credits: RELS 216: Introduction to the Study of World Religions or RELS 289i: What is Religion?; and 4 other courses which deal with at least 2 different cultures and religions. Naturally, Jewish Studies courses count toward the minor in Religious Studies.
For more information on the Religious Studies minor, see the Religious Studies website.
The Middle East Studies minor increases awareness of the Middle East and North Africa; enhances understanding of the region’s diverse peoples, lands, and cultures; and broadens historical and contemporary perspectives. It requires that students complete 15 credits: at least 3 credits in each of two geographical, linguistic, cultural, or religious areas; at least 6 credits that focus on the pre-modern; and 3 elective credits.
For more information on the Middle East Studies minor, please see the Middle East Studies website.