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The Jewish Studies Minor introduces students to the history, religion, culture, and civilization of the Jewish people in Europe, the United States, and Israel. The Minor, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs at Michigan State University.
To earn the Minor, a student must complete a minimum of 18 credits from the “Checklist of Courses,” which can be taken while fulfilling the requirements for a major in nearly any field. Hebrew credits count only from 201-202 and upward. Students enrolled in summer semester, or year-long, MSU study in Israel programs can use courses taken at Israeli universities to qualify for the Minor. Certification of completion of the Jewish Studies Minor is added to the official graduating academic transcript. Some course numbers may only touch on topics that are relevant to Jewish Studies in some semesters. These courses are marked with an asterisk (*). Please check with the Director of the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Yael Aronoff if you have questions about whether a course offered in a particular semester meets the requirements for inclusion in the Minor. The director will review syllabi to certify appropriate courses.
Students who plan to complete the Jewish Studies Minor should contact the Director of the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel (517-884-7054; Yael Aronoff) and submit a “Checklist of Courses” form to the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel Program office. Students are coded as Minors in Jewish Studies, receive special advising and information from Jewish Studies, and are eligible for other opportunities as they arise. A file is kept for each student in the office of the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel.