B.A., University of Haifa, 1998; M.A., 2000; Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, 2019
Michele I. Osherow
B.A., Carnegie Mellon University, 1988; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1994; Ph.D., 2000
Courses in this program are listed under JDST, HEBR, ANCS, HIST, POLI, and RLST.
The Judaic Studies Minor addresses the interests of students seeking an intellectual examination of the Jewish experience.
The interdisciplinary program provides a curriculum designed to build understandings of Judaism from historical, literary, social, cultural, religious, and philosophical perspectives. The curriculum allows students to organize their studies within several areas of concentration and to tailor the minor to their academic and career interests.
The minor program is structured into six areas of concentration: ancient Judaism, Jewish history: modern and contemporary, Holocaust studies, Judaic literature and language, Jewish religion and philosophy, and modern Israel. A listing of the courses within each area of concentration is available on the Judaic Studies website or from the director by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judaic Studies and Hebrew courses are taught by members of the UMBC faculty and by scholars, researchers, authors, rabbis, and artists from the Greater Baltimore-Washington area.
Career and Academic Paths
Students who minor in Judaic Studies have chosen careers in fields such as archaeology, historical research, education, social work, Jewish communal service, intercultural and international relations. The minor can be a useful adjunct to majors in Africana studies, American studies, ancient studies, history, English, modern languages, linguistics, and intercultural communications, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and anthropology. Although a major is not offered by the program, students may design a major course of study focusing on Judaic studies within Individualized Study .
The program director serves as an academic advisor to students selecting the minor. Students interested in the Judaic Studies Minor are urged to meet with an academic advisor on a regular basis to discuss their plans and to learn of recent and planned developments in the program and special events.
At least one or two courses usually are offered in the evening each semester. However, not all courses are offered on an evening basis.
The Jewish Student Union and UMBC Hillel are active on the UMBC campus. Neither is formally associated with the Judaic Studies Program.
Opportunities for study abroad are available. In some cases, students have spent their first years studying in Israel while maintaining enrollment at UMBC. In other cases, students have gone abroad for one or two semesters in their junior year. Study abroad projects also can be arranged for the winter and summer sessions. To ensure the maximum transfer of overseas course credit to UMBC, and to the Judaic Studies Program, prior planning with the Education Abroad Office is urged. JDST 400 - Special Study or Project in Judaic Studies (1-3) provides students the opportunity to extend and apply their knowledge in a research, internship, or supervised study experience. The Greater Baltimore-Washington area offers a variety of settings and opportunities for research and internships, including the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Museum in Washington, D.C., and various community research, social service, and advocacy agencies in Baltimore such as the Baltimore Jewish Council.