Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies equips students with an understanding of Jewish civilisation in its many aspects – language and literature, history, theology, philosophy, rabbinics, law, politics and sociology. Students can also take a stream in Yiddish language which explores language, culture and literature.

Available as a minor only.

What is it?

Jewish Studies is taught by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC), an interdisciplinary centre within the Faculty of Arts whose mission is to research and teach the significance and evolution of Jewish culture and its contributions to the world.


How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.



The ACJC offers research internships to students who have completed their overseas intensive units. In the past, students have interned in Poland, Rwanda and Israel.

Find out more: Arts Internships

Overseas Intensive Units

As an ACJC student, you can study units overseas. Students choose from ‘Final Journey: Remembering the Holocaust, Seeking Justice: South Africa and Rwanda (which brings together Monash students from Australia and South Africa) and War and Peace, Models of Conflict Resolution.

Jewish Studies Units

First year Jewish studies students can take three first year students that provide an understanding of the foundations of Jewish history. These include; Conflict and coexistence: Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jews in the modern world and Yiddish language, culture and literature.