The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program
Welcome! The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program aims to serve College of Charleston students and others with an interest in Judaism through offerings emphasizing academics, student life, and community outreach, in order that they may gain a greater understanding of themselves and of their community.
Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program at the College of Charleston, focusing on the diverse elements of the Jewish tradition. Students may study Jewish history, Jewish religious practice, Modern Hebrew language, Jewish thought, and culture. Jewish Studies courses are taught by professors from a wide variety of disciplines with very different perspectives.
Students can earn a major in Jewish Studies by completing 36-40 credit hours of Jewish Studies courses and can earn a minor in Jewish Studies by completing eighteen credit hours of Jewish Studies courses. Students may also fulfill their language requirements by completing four semesters of Hebrew.
For those interested in studying abroad, the Jewish Studies Program offers a partnership with Haifa University International School. Additionally, the College of Charleston has an agreement with List College, the undergraduate school of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York, allowing CofC students to attend JTS for a semester, taking classes not otherwise offered at the College. Students interested in the program should contact Associate Director Larry Krasnoff, Krasnoff@cofc.edu.
By far, the majority of students taking Jewish Studies courses are not themselves Jewish. Most students take Jewish Studies courses as a way to appreciate the cultural diversity within the Western tradition. Understanding such diversity fosters a deeper and more self-conscious appreciation of one's own traditions.