Jewish Studies

This program explores Jewish civilization from an interdisciplinary perspective.  The courses provide an opportunity to study the religion, languages, literature, history, society and philosophy of the Jewish people and their interaction with others from biblical times to the present.


    Admission Information

    • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


    Honours Bachelor of Arts Program

    • Jewish Studies (specialist, major and minor options)


    First-Year Courses

    The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies does not offer any courses at the first-year level. The foundation courses in Jewish Studies are CJS200H Introduction to Jewish Thought and CJS201 Introduction to Jewish Culture. Both courses are open to first-year students.


    Advice for First Year

    Students interested in enrolling in a program in Jewish Studies should take CJS 200H1 or CJS201H. These courses are pre-requisites for a number of courses, and are required for all programs in Jewish Studies. Courses in Hebrew and Yiddish language are good preparation for many other courses within Jewish Studies. MHB 155 Elementary Modern Hebrew I and GER 260 Elementary Yiddish welcome first year students.



    The undergraduate programs in Jewish Studies may be combined with other programs in related or different disciplines.

    They prepare students for careers in education, journalism, international relations, the rabbinate, law, government and an ever-increasing range of positions in Jewish communal services.

    They also provide an excellent base for post-graduate study in some aspect of Jewish Studies or a related discipline leading to an academic career in teaching and research.


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    First Year