Judaic Studies


In this interdisciplinary minor, Jewish and non-Jewish students are empowered to identify and examine critically: the roles and influences of Jewish civilization in Western Civilization; the interaction of overlapping civilizations; and inherited Hellenic-Christian assumptions about religion, ethics, philosophy, community and more. Students use Judaic paradigms to analyze ethical, social, labor, and technological issues and to consider how Jewish thinkers illuminate passages from a text. Credit is given for Hebrew instruction and other Judaic Studies courses at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and Dickinson College. Activities of Gettysburg College's Hillel chapter complement the minor.


Stephen J. Stern - Director of Judaic Studies, and Chair of the Religious Studies Department.

Affiliated Departments

  • English
  • Classics
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies

Requirements include:

  • One introductory core course
    -Introduction to Judaism
  • Two or more core courses, cross-listed or affiliated mid-level courses that include:
    -One course that focuses on history, such as History and Literature of the Hebrew Bible
    -One course that focuses on literature or philosophy
  • One or more cross-listed or affiliated upper division courses

Judaic Studies Minor check sheet