Dept. Code: JUS


The George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies is a broad, flexible, non-theological interdisciplinary program designed for undergraduates to gain an understanding of Jewish civilization and its diverse cultural experiences. The program is an academic exploration of the multi-faceted, socio-historical, 4,000-year record of the Jewish people. Courses that are co-/cross-listed with the Program, highlight the variety of cultural, political, social, and religious experiences of Jews in different times and places.


The program is structured to provide a liberal arts education that will constitute a foundation for advanced academic study, professional careers in a variety of fields, and a more complex and rich understanding of the Jewish world.  Judaic Studies courses meet distribution requirements for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the School of Communication, the School of Business, and the Frost School of Music and can be used to satisfy requirements by majors and non-majors.


THE MAJOR (ten courses – 30 credits):

1. Jewish Civilization:  Society, Culture, and Religion (JUS 231).
2. Survey of Jewish Literature (ENG 205).
3. A course in Hebrew at the 200-level or higher (which can be used simultaneously to fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Language requirement).
4. One course in Ancient Jewish History and Society and one course in Modern Jewish History and Society.  Courses will be designated appropriately by the Program Director each semester.
5. 15 more credits (5 courses) in classes listed in or co-/cross-listed with Judaic Studies, 12 credits of which must be completed at the 300-level or higher. Students who complete HEB 202 need only complete 9 credits at the 300-level or higher.


THE MINOR (five courses – 15 credits):

Students must complete at least one of the following 3 courses:

• JUS231 (Jewish Civilization:  Society, Culture, and Religion)
• ENG205 (Survey of Jewish Literature)
• GEG300 (Jewish Geography)

Students are strongly encouraged to take Hebrew 101, at least one course designated as a “Modern Course,” and at least one course designated as an “Ancient Course.”

A grade of “C-” or better must be attained in each course with an overall GPA of 2.0.

NOTE: Any student who successfully completes 5 courses in the UGalilee Program shall also be awarded a minor.


Honors in Judaic Studies consists of the items listed above under the Major, plus an Honors Thesis and one additional elective at the 300 level or higher.


UGalilee Program            

The Judaic Studies Program offers the UGalilee Program - A full semester each Spring at ORT-Braude College in Karmiel, a modern city in the Galilee, Israel (a bus and/or train ride away from Israel’s major centers). Students earn a Judaic Studies Minor while studying in the Galilee, the birthplace of Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity. Students take five-six University of Miami courses taught by UM and Israeli scholars for a total of 15-18 UM credits and earn credits in Religion, History, Anthropology, Geography, Philosophy, or Judaic Studies and G.E.R. A pre-med option is in place. Students participate in faculty-led study trips to sites such as Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, the Golan, Caesarea, Sea of Galilee, Haifa, and Masada.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

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Holocaust Survivors Service Internship (JUS 205/206)

Valuable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with survivors of the Holocaust who currently reside in South Florida. Students are expected to commit to two semesters of service for 3 credits each semester. Credits may be earned for JUS, APY or Humanities requirements. About one hour a week or two hours every other week of contact is expected.

Students may be eligible, subject to availability of funds, for a Sue Miller Scholarship for the two semesters.  Students will also earn a stipend of $250 per semester (to cover any transportation costs).

Students who participate in the program will assist Holocaust survivors as “friendly visitors.”  Student volunteers will meet six times each semester with a UM faculty member to share their experiences and to participate in enrichment activities.

The program is open to students of all denominations and backgrounds