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B.A. in Jewish Studies University of California, Santa Cruz


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Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz is an intellectually compelling, interdisciplinary program that offers students a broad range of courses in Jewish culture, especially its literature, art, and history, as well as its ethics, folk practices, and philosophy. From the social history of ancient Israel to the comparative study of modern Jewish cultures, our courses range across three millennia and five continents, with particular emphasis on the dynamic histories of Jews in the world's great cities. We also offer courses in Hebrew and Yiddish, courses on Jewish intellectual history and Jewish mysticism, the history of Zionism, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Holocaust, courses in Middle Eastern and North African Jewish history and culture, and a variety of courses on Jewish music, including the music of modern Israel and music in the lands of Islam. UCSC is one of the very few campuses in California where undergraduates have the opportunity to major in Jewish Studies.

Careers: Business; Communications; Foreign service; Historic preservation; Historical research; International relations; International trade; Journalism; Law; Museum management; Public administration; Publishing; Teaching; Theology; Writing.

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Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$11,442.00 (8,38,692) per year


03 Jan, 30 Mar


Division of Humanities

UC Santa Cruz,

1156 High Street,



95064, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Freshman applicants are students who have: Completed their secondary education and have earned a certificate of completion which enables them to be admitted to a university in their home country; Never been enrolled as a university student.

UC has slightly different admission requirements for applicants who are international students. If you're applying as a freshman, you must:

Complete 15 year-long academic courses with a 3.4 GPA: 2 years of history (in place of U.S. History, history of your country); 4 years of composition and literature in language in which you are instructed; 3 years (four years recommended) of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.* (Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement); 2 years of laboratory science (biology, chemistry, and/or physics) OR 2 years of integrated science; 2 years of a second language; 1 yearlong course (or 2 semesters) of visual and performing arts; 1 additional course from any subject areas above.

English-language Proficiency

Score 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination:

Internet-based test (iBT): Minimum score of 80 or better

Paper-based test (completed prior to Oct. 2017): Minimum score of 550 or better

o Revised paper-delivered test (completed Oct. 2017 or later): Minimum score of 60 or better

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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