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Jewish Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #81 (BCR) Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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. 
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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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

  • International

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29754 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29754 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    13989 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13989 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Santa Cruz

  • 1710 - 2560 USD/month
    Living Costs

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