Undergraduate Studies Special Concentration

Undergraduate Requirements

Special Concentration in Jewish Studies


The special concentration in Jewish studies is designed for students who wish to gain a broad-based knowledge of Jewish studies. It enables undergraduates to acquire a background in the most important aspects of Jewish culture, religion, civilization, and history in an interdisciplinary setting. 


For a special concentration in Jewish studies, students are required to complete a minimum of 21 points. Within these points, at least one course must be taken from three of the focus areas listed below. Credits for language courses may constitute at most 10 points, and one year of Hebrew or Yiddish language is strongly recommended. A minimum of 18 points must be taken in residence or as part of an approved study abroad program (unless equivalent courses are not offered within the College, as determined by the faculty advisor). 


Focus Areas:

1. Bible and Rabbinics/Ancient Judaism

2. Medieval Judaism

3. Modern Judaism

4. Israeli Society

5. Gender and Judaism 

6. Jewish History and Culture

7. Jewish Literature

8. Jewish Language

For more information about the special concentration, including sample courses please see:
IIJS Undergraduate Special Concentration Information Packet


Online Resources:

        Course Planning Form

        Special Concentration Declaration Form

        Opportunities for Students Outside the Classroom

        Information on How to Study Abroad

        More Information on becoming a Summer Fellow


**Please note, the same course cannot be counted towards both a major and a concentration.**

For more information on the special concentration in Jewish studies, please contact:

Susan Allen, Program Administrator

E-mail: sa3082@columbia.edu

Phone: 212-854-2581


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