Campus: San Francisco State University -- October 02, 2002
SFSU offers new bachelor's degree in Modern Jewish
San Francisco State University, in collaboration with San Diego State
University and California State University, Chico, is now offering a
bachelor’s degree in Modern Jewish Studies — the first such
degree in the 23-campus CSU system.
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and the California Post-secondary Education
Committee recently approved the degree program.
“Students from all backgrounds will now have more opportunities
to learn about the rich culture, literature, history and politics of
Jewish people,” said John Gemello, SFSU interim vice president
for academic affairs. “In addition, the bachelor’s degree
program better prepares students for a wide range of careers in social
service, government, education and clergy. As the University is dedicated
to providing a broad-based multicultural and international curriculum,
we also plan to continue to expand offerings in other areas.”
About five SFSU students have declared a major in Modern Jewish Studies
The degree program, which was first discussed in 1996, consists of 42-43
required units of courses in modern Hebrew, Jewish culture and society,
history, religion and thought, and a senior seminar. As a consortium
degree with SDSU and CSU Chico, students may take courses not offered
at their home campus via distance learning classes through the partner
Founded in 1993, the SFSU Jewish Studies Program offers about 11 courses
taken by nearly 175 students each semester. Course offerings include
Good and Evil: Jewish Ethics, Yiddish Theatre, Modern Jewish History,
Jewish Thought and Culture, and Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions
and Society. A diverse group of students from many racial and ethnic
backgrounds as well as others from the community enroll each semester.
The program also offers a minor in Jewish Studies and a graduate certificate
in Jewish Community Studies.
For more information, contact the Jewish Studies Program at (415) 338-6075
or email@example.com or visit its
Web site at: www.sfsu.edu/~jewish.
Contact: Matt Itelson (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665; firstname.lastname@example.org