As the undergraduate program in Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Louchheim School proudly offers a major in Jewish Studies as well as two minors, in Jewish Studies and Jewish American Studies. Taught by world class faculty whose expertise ranges from the ancient world to medieval Europe to contemporary Los Angeles, our courses explore the rich history of Jewish life, the textual traditions of Judaism, and the creativity of Jewish communities around the globe.
At the Louchheim School for Judaic studies, we study the complexities of Jewish experience in comparative and comprehensive ways. You will discover the connections between Jewish life and food, Jewish culture and language, Judaism and sex, Jewish literature and race, Jewish politics and land, Jewish history and geography, and Judaism and magic. And you can gain enough Hebrew fluency to converse with Israelis and read Hebrew poetry. Whether you want to learn religion, history and culture from the beginning or augment your current major and minors, you have come to the right place.
The major offers in-depth study of Jewish history, ethics, texts, language, experience and sociology through two distinct tracks: Judaism as a Religious Tradition and Jewish History and Culture. As an interdisciplinary program, JS challenges students to examine and learn about Jewish experience and Judaism academically. The minor is a great way to support your interest and add more context to your majors. Students can choose from Jewish studies or Jewish American studies. In just five classes, you'll expand your knowledge of the diversity of Jewish experiences.
Vice Provost; Director, Jewish Language Project; Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Linguistics
Director, Louchheim School of Judaic Studies; Associate Professor of Jewish Thought