To promote research and the production of outstanding scholarship
Our academic activities include supporting the research of our affiliated faculty; hosting visiting scholars; collaborations with Jewish Studies programs in Israel, Europe and elsewhere in the United States; helping to develop a world-class Judaica library collection; and sponsoring the journal Jewish Social Studies and other publications.
To offer Stanford students the opportunity to study Jewish history, Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages and literatures, Talmudic Studies, and Sephardic Studies
Educational activities include a rich menu of courses, an undergraduate major and minor, an ongoing colloquium on Jews, Judaism and Jewish culture geared toward graduate students, and graduate fellowship and other kinds of support to help develop the next generation of Jewish Studies scholars.
The center is also a proud partner for the new Jim Joseph Program in Jewish Studies and Education operating through the Stanford Graduate School of Education
To serve as an intellectual resource for the broader community
Our outreach efforts include lectures and cultural events open to the general community; partnering with foundations and various organizations to offer educational programs beyond campus,; and seeding internship opportunities within the larger community, locally, nationally and internationally.
If you are a student interested in declaring the Jewish Studies major or minor, please reach out to Associate Director, Shaina Hammerman (sjhammer [at] stanford.edu).
Major in Jewish Studies
Major Requirements (An Overview)
In order to earn a B.A. in Jewish Studies, students must complete at least 60 units toward the major.
15 Units of Core Curriculum
4-5 Units of a Major Core Course
3-5 Units of a Methodology Course
6-10 Units if Interdiciplinary Breadth Courses
12-15 Units of an Language Dimension Course
10-20 Units of Jewish Studies Courses
One Community Engaged Learning Course
Core Curriculum (15 Units)
Majors must take three CSRE core curriculum courses including,
Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE 196C),
an additional comparative-core course,
and the CSRE Senior Seminar (CSRE 200X) taken in Autumn Quarter of their senior year.
Major Core Course (4-5 Units)
Majors are required to take one major-core course in Jewish Studies. Major Core Courses Include: Jewish Studies 183 and 185B.
Methodology Course (3-5 Units)
Majors are required to take a course focused on research methods relevant to their disciplinary approach as a student in Jewish Studies. Methodology Courses can be found on Explore Courses by using CSRE::Methodology as the search key.
Interdisciplinary Breadth (6-10 Units)
Majors are required to fulfill the Interdisciplinary Breadth Requirement by taking one course in a Social Science category, and one course in an Arts & Humanities category. Both classes must have a racial component to them. Categories of classes can be found on the School of Humanities & Sciences Bulletin Page.
Language Dimension (12-15 Units)
One year of Hebrew or another approved Jewish language. Students able to satisfy the first year Hebrew requirement through a proficiency exam are still expected to take an additional year of Hebrew at a higher level or a first year in an additional Jewish language.
Jewish Studies Focus (10-20 Units)
Majors are required to complete their additional courses in Jewish Studies from an approved list. All classes should have a Jewish Studies focus.
Community Engaged Learning
All majors are required to complete at least one service-learning experience. This requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling in a service-learning course, participating in an identity, race, or ethnicity focused service-learning Alternative Spring Break, participating in the Community Based Research Fellowship program, or enrolling in CSRE 198 Internship for Public Service while completing independent service work.
To find a more detailed overview of this major please visit our Bulletin Page.