Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies majors at UWM examine the culture and religion of the Jewish people through language, history, arts, media, politics, and literature. Students can shape their own degree by focusing their electives around their specific interests, such as Israel, the Holocaust, or media representation.

A major in Jewish Studies prepares students for work in a multicultural world with a skill set that includes the ability to analyze texts and weigh different interpretations, present persuasive arguments in writing and speech, and appreciate different backgrounds and viewpoints. Jewish Studies alumni have found careers in social welfare, Jewish organization administration, foreign affairs, business administration, journalism, the arts, education, and more. Further graduate study has led others to careers in religious leadership as rabbis or cantors.

UWM students can choose a Hebrew Studies track within the major which has a focus on the foundations of Judaism, including extensive study of the Hebrew language. Or, students can opt for the Jewish Studies track with an emphasis on modern Jewish history, literature, film and politics.

Jewish Studies majors and minors can further their education by participating in UWM’s Study Abroad opportunities in Israel. Majors and minors studying in Israel are eligible for travel awards from the Stahl Center for Jewish Studies. The Stahl Center for Jewish Studies also offers other scholarships and awards to outstanding Jewish Studies majors and minors.

The major can be completed fully online for students who need coursework that fits their schedules.

Download the fact sheet at right for more information about the classes in the major and study abroad opportunities.