The 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 (Dr. Daniel Levine, cross-appointed to political sciences).
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. All these resources enable the department to offer a minor in Judaic studies.
Along with a major and minor in REL, the department, therefore, also offers a minor in the study of Judaism. A total of 18 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 Judaic studies minor requirements, visit the UA Undergraduate Catalog.
Awards and Scholarships
Along with REL majors, JUST minors are eligible each spring to be considered for the department’s most prestigious award, the Silverstein Fellowship.
Additional details about funding opportunities in the department can be found on our Scholarships page.
Those students who are interested in learning more about our Judaic studies minor may contact the department’s main office in 212 Presidents Hall or Dr. Richard Newton, undergraduate director.