The Jewish studies minor is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the study of the Jewish people — their religion, history, literature and culture. The program seeks to enhance the student's understanding of the Jewish people and the variety of their cultural experiences while also furthering the College's mission to study and combat prejudice and discrimination. The minor is designed to complement a number of academic majors. Administration and advisement for this program are conducted by the Jewish Studies Committee of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS).
The minor in Jewish studies consists of 18 credit hours: nine credit hours in required courses and nine credit hours of electives. Relevant special topics courses in some departments also may be acceptable in addition to the specified courses below. With advisement from a Cortland Jewish studies advisor, students may complete all or part of the minor in an accredited summer, semester, or year academic program in Israel.