The interdisciplinary minor in Judaic Studies provides students with the ability to focus on the history and contemporary issues of relevance to the study of Judaism. Housed in the Department of Religious Studies, the degree requires the completion of four foundational courses but also allows students to select among a series of electives, as well as transfer in courses from other departments (e.g., from history, modern languages, etc.) that are relevant to the study of Judaism. The Aronov Chair of Judaic Studies, a faculty member in Religious Studies, is the advisor for this degree.

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Admission into the Minor

Students are expected to formally declare a Judaic Studies (JS) minor by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama. Consult with the religious studies advisor in the Department of Religious Studies, who also advises for the JS minor. The Department of Religious Studies is the home of the JS minor.

Note: students can major in REL and also minor in JS so long as they do not "double count" courses toward these two separate degrees.

Special Opportunities

The department annually awards both Silverstein Fellowships (providing the opportunity to work in the department for one or more semesters, assisting in the main office and assisting professors with their work) and Silverstein Scholarships (awarded by the faculty each Honors Day based on a student’s GPA [only JS minors and REL majors are eligible]). To learn more about these funding opportunities, visit The department also conducts four ongoing lecture and discussion series, supports an active Religious Studies Student Association, and hosts the local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honors society for the study of religion.

Find us on Facebook along with the "Religious Studies Student Association" or on Twitter @StudyReligion.

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Minor Courses
Select one of the following:3
Intro To Religious Studies
Religions of World
Honors Intro Relig Stdy
REL 110Intro To The Old Testament3
REL 224Judaism3
REL 238Philosophies Of Judaism3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Select two of the following:6
Holocaust Historical Perspecti
Jewish-Christian Relations
Religion and Genocide
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Hours18

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of six hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

This minor does not require ancillary courses.

Additional Minor Requirements

Students majoring in religious studies may not apply the same religious studies courses toward both the religious studies major and the Judaic studies minor. They must earn 21 hours of REL courses for the minor and 30 hours of REL courses for the major.

With department approval, the equivalent of up to six credit hours can be applied toward the minor requirement from relevant coursework done outside the religious studies department. 

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.


Unless otherwise stated, the prerequisite for 300- and 400-level REL courses is junior standing or permission of the instructor.