College of Arts & Sciences

Jewish Studies - Minor


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A minor is a structured group of courses that leads to considerable knowledge and understanding of a subject, although with less depth than a major. Some employers consider minors desirable, and the corresponding major requirements at the University may stipulate a minor. Some students choose to complement their major program with a minor in a related field or even in an entirely different field of interest. The interdisciplinary minor in Jewish Studies provides students with the opportunity to become acquainted with the culture, language, literature, religion, history, and philosophy of the Jewish people from antiquity to the present.

Minor Requirements

HJS 324 - Jewish Thought and Culture I: From Ancient Israel to the Middle Ages [3 hours]
HJS 325 - Jewish Thought and Culture II: From the Expulsion from Spain to the Present [3 hours]
Students must also complete 12 additional elective hours. For a complete list of approved courses please refer to the UKY bulletin.
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Jewish Studies Minor


The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Scholarship aims to encourage and support Jewish Studies on the University of Kentucky campus. Students selected to become JHFE scholars will declare and commit to completing a minor in Jewish Studies in a maximum of four years. They will also attend and participate regularly in Jewish Studies programming on campus. As part of the JHFE scholar experience, they will be expected to participate in an original scholarly research project under the guidance of a Jewish Studies faculty mentor. This experience will include work helping to build, index, and make accessible the growing Kentucky Jewish Heritage Oral History repository. Any undergraduate who will pursue a Jewish Studies minor is eligible to apply.

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