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Jewish Studies

Overview

Jewish Studies courses explore all dimensions of Jewish life past and present. Jewish Studies majors look closely at post-Holocaust life and thought, Judaism and global politics, anti-Semitism and other forms of racism. Students may focus on Jewish history throughout the world, the intercultural facets of diverse Jewish populations, interfaith dimensions and Judaism and sexuality. They may look at how Jewish culture intersects with the media and the arts, including film, literature, television, theater, and the Internet.

What can you do with a major or minor in Jewish Studies? There are opportunities in multiple fields, including art, business, clergy, diplomacy, education, government, health care, journalism, law, media, nonprofits and social work.

Curriculum

Jewish Studies majors and minors develop skills to think critically and constructively about religious issues, questions and values.

Students may consider combining Jewish Studies with studies in Anthropology, Business, Education, Fine Arts, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Psychology, Radio and Television, and Sociology.

Other popular major or minor concentrations include Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies, Latin-American and Caribbean Studies, Global Studies and Geography, Political Science and Women’s Studies. Jewish Studies is continually partnering with other academic disciplines on different courses and events.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Jewish Studies Requirements

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Hofstra’s Jewish Studies and majors have a wide array of opportunities for employment after graduation. Many alumni from our School of Government, Public Policy & International Affairs – of which Jewish Studies is a part – opt to pursue graduate degrees at top educational institutions, such as:

  • American University
  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Baypath University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • CUNY Queens College
  • East Carolina University
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Hofstra University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • New York University
  • Northeastern Law School
  • Northeastern University
  • Pace University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rutgers University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • SUNY University at Albany
  • Syracuse University
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Touro College
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Luxembourg
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Miami
  • University of Montana
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington and Lee University
  • West Chester University
  • Western New England Law School
  • William & Mary Law School

Religion and Jewish Studies students have worked with the 9:30 Club/I.M.P. Promotions, Mount Sinai Health System, Navasky Hebrew School, Walt Disney Company, and WB&B Executive Search.

91% report employment, grad school or both
90% report employment within six months of graduation
$43K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

What You'll Learn

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You will take classes on the Bible, the Holocaust, Post-Holocaust Thought, Israel, the Jewish-Muslim Divide, Women in the Hebrew Bible, Modern Jewish Intellectuals, Jewish Humor, and Blacks and Jews. You will be required to take courses in other faiths and cultures, including the New Testament, Religions of India, Catholicism, Greco-Roman Religions, Buddhism, Irish Spirituality and more.

  • critical thinking and research skills
  • stronger writing and verbal communication techniques
  • an understanding of how history, culture and the arts have been impacted by religion

You also may want to take classes in the Hebrew Language and Literature Program, offered by the Department of Comparative Literatures, Languages & Linguistics.

Experience

Jewish Studies Experience

While Jewish Studies is small program, it has an engaged faculty and a full programming calendar.

Every semester, acclaimed scholars, journalists, and authors are brought in to speak on cultural, political and historical issues. These guests have expertise in subjects such as the Jewish diaspora, the political climate in Israel and Argentina, Afro-Jewish affairs and the impact of the Holocaust.

Additionally, the Hofstra Cultural Center presents the Issues in Judaism lecture series. This consists of lectures, film screenings and performances on a number of different topics dealing with ancient and modern Jewish history.

Hofstra University also features a very active Hillel chapter, that provides students with social and leadership opportunities throughout the academic year.

Meet Dr. Santiago Slabosky

Santiago Slabosky

Dr. Santiago Slabodsky became Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Hofstra in 2015. Dr. Slabodsky was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the city that hosts the largest Jewish community in Latin America and the Global South. He is committed to international education, holds degrees from multiple countries and teaches intensive seminars in Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East in his winter and summer breaks.


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