Jewish Studies

University of Pennsylvania

B.A. On Campus
48 months
51156 USD/year
51156 USD/year
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The Jewish Studies program of University of Pennsylvania provides students the opportunity to explore Jewish culture, history, language, and literature from the era of the Bible through the contemporary period.


The Jewish Studies program of University of Pennsylvania aims to introduce students to the broad chronological and disciplinary scope of Jewish Studies and to familiarize them with the diverse expressions of Jewish culture in different times and places. Those who complete the major will have a firm grasp of the role of Jewish culture within world civilization.

Majoring in Jewish Studies is an organic part of a liberal arts education. Students study Jewish culture in dialogue with other disciplines in the humanities. The Program provides opportunities for interaction with faculty members who specialize in a wide range of fields and offers students the chance to pursue individual research, both inside and outside the classroom.

What can I do with a Jewish Studies major?

The Jewish Studies major helps to develop useful career skills. Students learn how to read critically, to communicate clearly, and to write effectively. By training students to understand different societies and cultures and the interactions among various religious and ethnic groups, the major prepares students to meet the demanding standards of admissions committees and potential employers who are looking for people capable of addressing the needs of an increasingly global and multicultural society. Graduates of our program have gone on to careers in medicine, law, publishing, finance, international relations, politics, the rabbinate, social work, education, and many other professions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Jews and Judaism in Antiquity: History of Jewish Civilization
  • Medieval and Early Modern Jewry
  • Jews in the Modern World: History of Jewish Civilization
  • History
  • Literature
  • Religion & Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application & Penn-specific Essay
  • Official High School Transcript
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Academic Teacher Evaluations (2)
  • Early Decision Agreement (only if applying for Early Decision)
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Final Report
  • SAT or ACT
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51156 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51156 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    51156 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51156 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.


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.

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