BA Jewish Studies


Explore Jewish life, history, and culture by examining topics like religious and spiritual values and political and philosophical viewpoints. Study the history and modern life of the Jewish religion while developing an understanding of Jewish contributions to Western civilization.

Program Description

The BA in Jewish studies offers a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural program of study focusing on the study of Judaism, defined as the civilization of the Jews. It considers Jewish history and modern life and facilitates enhanced cultural awareness and a global perspective.

As with other degree programs in the humanities, a bachelor's degree program in Jewish studies can provide a balance to studies in contemporary science and technology.

Students choose a thematic concentration from history and society, literature and culture, or religion and thought.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.



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Career Outlook

Students who receive a bachelor's degree in Jewish studies and pursue a career with one of the hundreds of U.S. companies that do business in Israel have a competitive edge because of their familiarity with Jewish culture. Jewish studies graduates are also prepared to:

  • attend rabbinical seminary in preparation for becoming a community rabbi or chaplain
  • engage in world political and economic issues
  • pursue advanced education in Jewish professional service fields

The degree also provides a firm foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees related to their area of interest in fields that may include:

  • archaeology
  • creative writing
  • ethics
  • film and media
  • history
  • journalism
  • justice studies
  • law
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • religious studies

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Archivist


  • Growth: 14.3%
  • Median Salary*: $51,760
  Bright Outlook

Business Intelligence Analyst


  • Growth: 9.3%
  • Median Salary*: $88,510

Cultural Studies Professor


  • Growth: 10.5%
  • Median Salary*: $72,230
  Bright Outlook

Editor


  • Growth: -1.4%
  • Median Salary*: $58,770

Historian


  • Growth: 6.0%
  • Median Salary*: $59,120

Lawyer


  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: $119,250

Politician


  • Growth: 7.1%
  • Median Salary*: $25,630

Public Relations Specialist


  • Growth: 8.8%
  • Median Salary*: $59,300
Green Occupation

Religion Professor


  • Growth: 12.3%
  • Median Salary*: $69,590
  Bright Outlook

Religious Leader


  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: $47,100

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



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With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu





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