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Jewish Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

The Jewish Studies major offers students from varied backgrounds and disciplines a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective on the study of Jews and Judaism. Students learn about the geographic, historical, philosophical and cultural diversity of the Jewish experience, including contemporary. They also gain critical and analytical skills that can be applied widely, including the understanding and study of current challenges facing Jews and Judaism in the world.


Major category: Open

Topic(s): Social sciences

Degree requirements

Applicant type

Applicant type

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).

Jewish Studies is an open major. You may declare this major at any time after enrolling at the UW as long as you are in good academic standing. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

Departmental application deadline: Students in good academic standing may declare the major at any time, including on their application for admission to the UW.
Please contact the department for details about the application process.
Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer. See the department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses recommended for the major:

  • RELIG 145 SSc — Introduction to Judaism
  • JEW ST 250/HSTCMP 250 SSc— Introduction to Jewish Cultural History
  • Courses in international studies and world history
  • Courses that develop writing skills
  • Hebrew or other Jewish languages (Yiddish, Biblical Hebrew) 1

One of the following (available at Shoreline, Bellevue and Edmonds Colleges):

  • JSIS 200 SSc – States & Capitalism
  • JSIS 201 SSc – Making of the 21st Century
  • JSIS 202 SSc – Cultural Interactions

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 5
Total from Washington community colleges: 0

Career outcomes

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