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Jewish Studies

Consider a minor in Jewish Studies

For courses that matter...
For a surprising choice of careers...

For a list of courses, visit the Jewish Study website.

Stimulating study

  • Popular courses –27 courses taught by 26 affiliate faculty in 12 disciplines;

  • Study abroad experiences – recently in Poland, Bosnia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam;

  • Unique human rights emphasis – affiliation with Kean’s Masters Degree program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Rights Institute, and the university-wide course “Holocaust, Genocide, and Modern Humanity.”

Distinguished faculty as mentors

  • Dedicated faculty to students and graduates;

  • Faculty research, showcased at the university’s Faculty Seminar and its acclaimed, 11 volume E-Book series;

  • Collaborative faculty-student research and fellowships.

Engaged students

  • Internship opportunities in museums, libraries, and human rights organizations;

  • Meet new friends at Hillel;

  • Benefit from extensive university, regional, and Jewish Federation support.

Our mission

The Jewish Studies and World Affairs program at Kean University – a component of the university’s Interdisciplinary Studies Center – is designed to stimulate inquiry into the Jewish cultural interaction with the larger world.  Its emphasis on Jewish cultural interaction is a unique approach in higher education to cross-cultural understanding based on an appreciation of one of our civilization's fundamental and seminal cultures.

Twenty-six resident faculty members, representing 12 disciplines, offer 27 courses; undergraduate students can elect to enroll in selective courses at the graduate level. The program takes advantage of the university's proximity to New York City’s metropolitan museums, foundations, libraries, and human rights organizations.  Courses in this program can be used toward fulfilling requirements for an academic minor in Jewish Studies.

Jewish Studies organizes timely public events each month during the academic year.  Among these events are programs featuring nationally recognized scholars and critics-at-large constituting its Annual Jewish Studies Lecture/Artists Series.  Jewish Studies also sponsors or cosponsors faculty lectures in the community as well as national and international conferences.

Important to its mission is the Program's collaboration with other Jewish academic and cultural programs on and off campus.  It promotes study in Israel, Europe, and throughout the world through the university's Study Abroad and Travel Learn programs. Jewish Studies is closely tied to the university's Holocaust Resource Center, Human Rights Institute, Hillel, Jewish Faculty and Staff Association, and the Master of Arts degree program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Jewish Studies Today

Always global – locally inspired

Graduates in Jewish Studies pursue careers in law, journalism, public service, education, social work, Jewish communal service, and the rabbinate.

Sample jobs include:

• Consultant • Lobbyist • Cultural Events Coordinator • Historian • Author • Cultural Program Director • Counselor • Foreign Service Officer • Market Research Analyst • ESL Teacher • Public Policy • Fundraising/ Development • Translator • Tour Guide • Research Assistant • Anthropologist • Travel Agent • Rabbi • Cantor • Paralegal • Editorial Assistant • Journalist • Professor • Sales Representative • Insurance Underwriter • Technical Writer • Diplomat • Management Analyst • Lawyer

Jewish Studies minors develop a skill-set that is attractive to all employers. It includes:  Seeing the world from multiple points of view/ understanding of different cultures • Persuasive writing and oral communication skills • Gathering, distilling, and presenting information • Reflection and critiquing skills • Consulting and utilizing original sources • Collaboration and teamwork • Interpreting and analyzing texts • Meeting deadlines and time management • Sorting through and evaluating complex problems • Detecting patterns/structures, context, and meaning • Writing effectively and strongly • Managing a project from conception to completion

Contact the Jewish Studies Program

Program in Jewish Studies and World Affairs

Director: Dr. Dennis Klein

* Telephone: (908-737-0256) *

Email: dklein@kean.edu