B.A. On Campus

Jewish Studies

University of California, Santa Cruz

48 months
29754 USD/year
29754 USD/year
13989 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Jewish Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz is an intellectually compelling, interdisciplinary program that makes it possible for students to achieve an extraordinary depth and breadth of learning about Jewish history and culture. 


Jewish Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz offers a  particular emphasis on the dynamic histories of Jews in the world's great cities. We also offer courses in Hebrew and Yiddish, modern Jewish history, the history of Zionism, the Hebrew Bible, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Holocaust, Middle Eastern and North African Jewish history, Latin American Jewish history, the history of Jewish radicalism, Anti-Semitism and the American legal system, the history of Israel, and a variety of courses on Jewish music, including the music of modern Israel and music in the lands of Islam. 


Depending on their skills, interests, values, and experience, students who major in Jewish Studies may find employment in a variety of fields and sectors, including education, media/communications, community/social services, entrepreneurship, research, arts/design, consulting, marketing, sales, healthcare services, law, human resources, information technology, and finance. In addition to knowledge of history, geography, language, and culture, Jewish Studies majors develop many skills valued by employers, including: critical thinking, research, writing, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Modern Israel
  • Genesis: A History
  • German History
  • German Film, 1919-1945
  • Modern Jewish Intellectual History
  • Latin American Jewish History in the Modern Period
  • The Modern Jewish Experience
  • Jewish Life in Eastern Mediterranean Port Cities
  • Where Civilizations Met--Jews, Judaism, and the Iberian Peninsula
  • Zionism: An Intellectual History
  • The Holocaust and the Arab World
  • Jewish Shanghai
  • Jewish Identity and Visual Representation
  • The Holocaust in a Digital World
  • Jews, Anti-Semitism, and the American Legal System
  • Law and the Holocaust
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Jewish Travel Narratives
  • Hebrew Poetry
  • Global Jewish Writing
  • Jewish Diaspora, Ethnicity, and Urban Life
  • Literature and the Holocaust
  • Jewish Writers and the European City
  • Jewish Writers and the American City

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the "a–g" courses.
    • Non-residents must earn a minimum GPA of 3.40. 
    • Take the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT with Essay 
    • The ACT Assessment plus the ACT Writing Test  or the SAT with critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores from the same sitting. 
    • Proof of English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29754 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29754 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13989 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13989 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Santa Cruz

1710 - 2560 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Jewish Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!