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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Jewish Studies Program at Sonoma State University is to foster interfaith understanding, cultural diversity, peace, and positive change in the world through the study of the history, culture, language, and religious practices of Jewish people.

The Minor 

The Jewish Studies minor can be achieved through 20 units of coursework consisting of three core classes and two additional classes. All courses in the Jewish Studies Minor count as GE classes in the following areas: C1, C2, C3, D2, D5.

To become a minor, contact the Director of Jewish Studies, Brian S. Wilson in the Music Department: or by phone at (707) 664-2468

Core Requirements (12 units)

Courses GE Units

JWST 200: Introduction to Jewish Studies

C2 4

JWST 255: The Evolution of Anti-Semitism: Through History, Literature, Religion, and Art

C3 4

JWST 355: Modern European Jewish History

D2 3


Additional Requirements (8 units)

Courses GE Units
POLS 307: Holocaust Lecture Series D5


MUS 343: Studies in Musical Genres (when offered as) Survey of Jewish Music: Jewish Music Series C1



Other electives may be substituted for these additional requirements.  For a full list of courses, visit the Sonoma State University Catalog under Jewish Studies Minor.