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BA Judaic Studies

Judaic Studies employs the critical methodologies of university scholarship to examine all aspects of the history, religion, culture, and social and political formations of the Jewish people. Judaic Studies enhances our understanding of world history, and allows critical insight into a vital strand in the tapestry of world culture. The program is offered by Portland State University.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

It offers the opportunity for students of all backgrounds to explore a rich civilization that is both nourished by ancient traditions, and shaped through creative encounters and ongoing interactions with other cultures. At the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University, this enterprise is conducted through a variety of academic courses and summer programming, lectures and research symposia, scholarly conferences and cultural events.

We offer both an undergraduate major and minor degree. Judaic Studies does not at present offer post-graduate degrees, but our faculty often advise MA students in the History Department who focus on Jewish history. We work closely with the Department of World Languages and Literatures to support Hebrew language instruction. Thanks to the generosity of the Aspen Mitzvah Fund, we offer scholarships to qualified students taking third-year Hebrew.

Judaic Studies majors and minors are eligible to apply for additional scholarship opportunities to support their study. Our program has a special, though not exclusive, focus on the modern period. By exploring the encounter of Jews and Judaism with modernity, we pose fundamental questions about the nature of tradition and change in the modern world, questions with which all groups and individuals must contend. At the same time, our program seeks to provide a broad exposure to the study of Jews and Judaism in multiple historical and geographical contexts, from ancient Israel to twenty-first century America.

Your Potential To Be Exponential

At Portland State University , you feel like you’re part of a movement. The kind that keeps your classmates rooting for you and your professors pulling for you. You’ll form bonds with faculty and friends in small classes that dive deep into the issues that matter most to you. We are proud to be one of the nation’s most transformative universities. Because every time your success inspires others, you change the world.


Areas of Concentration

  • Jews in Antiquity
  • Israel Studies
  • Judaism
  • Literature, Culture, and the Arts
  • Modern Jewish History