Welcome to the Department of Jewish Studies

The Department of Jewish Studies provides an opportunity for San Francisco State students to study Jews, Judaism and Jewishness around the world and throughout history. We encourage students to apply their studies to their thoughtful participation in and analysis of their own communities, as well as other societies globally.

The Department of Jewish Studies is the only degree-granting department of Jewish Studies in the Bay Area and within the CSU.
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Why Study Jewish Studies at SF State?

Jewish Studies faculty members at SF State are leading researchers in their disciplines. They are engaged public scholars, committed to deepening conversations about Jews, Judaism and Jewishness within and beyond the Bay Area.

The Department of Jewish Studies offers lively and stimulating courses on Jewish history, culture, literature, religion and politics. Jewish Studies students are encouraged to apply their analysis of Jews and Judaism to their thoughtful participation in and analysis of their own communities, as well as other societies globally.

The faculty of the Department of Jewish Studies are student-centered and committed to student success.

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