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Judaic Studies (BA)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why choose Judaic Studies?

Immerse yourself in the history, culture and literature of Jews and deepen your understanding of the lived experience of the Jewish community through time and today.  Touching on ancient and modern languages, politics, philosophy, and law, compare Jewish and other religious traditions, explore contemporary scenes and assess how mysticism, rituals and philosophy intersect with popular culture, sexuality, feminism, food, ethics and worship.

As you look at all facets of Jewish experience, including the lives of women in all periods (the Talmud, medieval, modern) and the Holocaust, you’ll think deeply about what it means to be Jewish and to be an ethnic minority. You’ll also have the chance to build your knowledge of Hebrew.

Thanks to a growing emphasis on field work in Montreal, you’ll get to interact with members of various Jewish sects and Jews who’ve moved toward becoming non-religious.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of funding to study in Israel through the Azrieli Institute.

Program highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Opportunities to take part in research and internships in the Montreal Jewish community, facilitated through the Concordia Institute for Judaic Studies
  • An approach to the study of religion characterized by a deep respect for diversity of culture, gender and sexual orientation and an emphasis on field work.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Honours in Judaic Studies (60 credits)
  • Major in Judaic Studies (42 credits)
  • Minor in Judaic Studies (24 credits)


For an overview of Judaic Studies curriculum, including Canadian Jewish Studies, visit our traditions page.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission (Honours)

  • Letter of intent outlining the purpose and reason for selecting this program/discipline is needed when applying to Honours.

Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

You’ll be well-positioned for success in any field that demands excellent communication, research, and critical thinking skills. Our graduates have gone on to:

  • Work with community organizations
  • Humanitarian projects
  • Graduate studies in religion and culture
  • Rabbinic studies

Other programs of interest

Israel Studies (Minor)
  • Minor
Israel Studies (Minor)

The Minor in Israel Studies is designed to allow students to complement their core area of study with courses in history, political science, religion, literature and language. The study of modern Israel is a significant focus of the program, but students will also explore this birthplace of major civilizational currents in all its facets and time periods.



Religions and Cultures (BA)
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Honours
Religions and Cultures (BA)

When you study religious traditions and the impact they have on the world, you acquire an informed appreciation of the beliefs and values of other cultures



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