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JS Minor

Because of rapid changes in Jewish Studies in the last several years, there are now 3 sets of requirements for the Jewish Studies Minor that will directly affect students depending on the year they matriculate into (enter) KU.  

Students should see the Director of Jewish Studies for the most appropriate application of requirements to their minor.

Requirements available to students matriculating in Fall 2014 and thereafter (catalog entry)

  • 18 credit hours in the minor: 12 ch must be at the 300 level or higher, 9 ch must be in residence at KU; minimum GPA 2.0.
  • 3 credit hours in Jewish culture or history -- may be satisfied by taking, for example,
    • JWSH 300 Israeli Politics and Society
    • JWSH 311 Narratives of Jewish Life
    • JWSH 327 Jewish Secular Culture
  • 3 credit hours in Jewish religion -- may be satisfied by taking, for example,
    • JWSH 300 The Story of the Talmud
    • REL 311/JWSH 321 Religion of Ancient Israel
    • REL/JWSH 325 Introduction to Judaism
  • 12 credit hours as electives
    • Any other JWSH courses or appropriate cross-listed or cross-referenced courses in other units.
    • 6 credit hours in Yiddish (YDSH) and/or in Hebrew (HEBR) at the 200-level or above may count among these 12 credit hours.
    • More HEBR or YDSH courses may be approved for the minor upon petition.

Click here for a convenient checklist of the minor requirements and the courses that satisfy them.


Requirements available to students matriculating in Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 (catalog entry)

  • 18 credit hours in the minor: 12 ch must be at the 300 level or higher, 9 ch must be in residence at KU; minimum GPA 2.0.
  • Jewish Studies. Satisfied by 3 JWSH courses (9 hours)
  • Courses in Related Disciplines. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours) from a list of approved courses. 1 course in Yiddish or 1 course above the 200 level in Hebrew may count among these hours.
  • Among these 18 ch, one course (3 ch) must focus on the Ancient World and one course (3 ch) must focus on the Modern World

Requirements available to students matriculating in Fall 2010 to Summer 2013 (catalog entries: 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)

  • 18 credit hours in the minor: 12 ch must be at the 300 level or higher, 9 ch must be in residence at KU; minimum GPA 2.0.
  • 6 credit hours within Jewish Studies (JWSH courses)
  • 3 credit hours of either JWSH 490 or JWSH 491 (Independent Study to investigate a special topic or project selected by the student taken normally in the student's final year at KU).
  • 3 credit hours in the Ancient World
  • 3 credit hours in the Modern World
  • of these 18 credit hours, 9 must come from at least one other unit (e.g., ENGL, HIST, REL; these courses must contain approximately 40%-50% Jewish content) and 6 may be HEBR/YDSH at the 200-level or above.

Requirements available to students matriculating BEFORE Fall 2010 (link to early catalog entries available here)

  • 18 credit hours in the minor: 12 ch must be at the 300 level or higher, 9 ch must be in residence at KU; minimum GPA 2.0.
  • 2nd year HEBR or YDSH
  • 15 credit hours in at least 3 different units
  • 3 credit hours of Independent Study (e.g., JWSH 490/491)

General requirements for the minor, whatever specific requirements are available to students regardless of when they matriculate at KU

  • Minor Hours. Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses
  • Minor Hours in Residence. Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor.
  • Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours. Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.
  • Minor Graduation GPA. Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all courses in the minor.

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