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Judaic Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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 Details

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)

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the major.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements
Course requirements for admission

None. You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.

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.

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

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We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Sample Judaic Studies class may include

  • Ancient Judaism
  • Literature and the Holocaust
  • Canadian Jewish Literature
  • Women in Jewish History: Modern
  • History of Satan: Evil Personified in Judaism and Christianity

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

Sample Classes

  • Judaism and Popular Culture
  • Literature and the Holocaust
  • Canadian Jewish Literature
  • Jews and Food
  • Angels and Demons in Judaism

Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of courses.

As a student of religion, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from:

  • Our disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth
  • Faculty who have won national and university awards for research and teaching
  • Connecting with academics who attend the international conferences we host
  • A Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies
  • A world-class collection of libraries and a rich history in Montreal

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
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