Steve JacobsThe Department of Religious Studies is home to the Aaron Aronov Endowment for Judaic Studies. The proceeds from this fund enable the Department to employ a scholar with expertise in studying the history, and contemporary forms, of Judaism. The fund also allows the Department to host a variety of visiting scholars and events, such as the yearly Aronov Lecture (inaugurated in 2002). This has since become a yearly event with other speakers following.Those students who are interested in learning more about our Judaic Studies minor may contact the Department’s main office in Manly Hall, Rm. 212. You should also feel free to contact directly the Department’s advisor for our JS minor, Prof. Steven Jacobs, who holds the Department’s Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair dedicated to the study of Judaism or Prof. Trost, REL’s Undergraduate Director.


Along with a B.A. major and minor in REL, the Department therefore also offers a minor in the study of Judaism. A total of 21 credit hours are required for this minor and courses that fulfill the requirements are regularly offered by the Department each semester (and often in the summer as well). In addition, students can petition for courses in other Departments to count toward the minor, such as classes on the study of antiquity, Hebrew language (taught through the Critical Languages Center), etc.

For further details on the Judaic Studies minor requirements, visit the Religious Studies section of the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

Awards and Scholarships

Along with REL majors, JS minors are eligible each Spring to be considered for the Department’s most prestigious award, the Silverstein Fellowship. More information on funding opportunities in Department can be found on our Scholarships page.

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