As a broadly interdisciplinary field, Jewish Studies is a particularly appropriate area of study within a liberal arts education. The history, philosophy, culture, religion and literature of Judaism and Jewish communities across the globe form a complex, yet intellectually coherent, field of concentration. Familiarity with the Jewish tradition is required for any significant understanding of Eurasian, North African and Middle Eastern history and politics, of Christianity and Islam, of modern western philosophy and theology, and of European and American literature and culture. The Jewish tradition of reflective and persistent questioning of the most enduring human issues offers unique challenges to Earlham students, whatever their major fields and cultural or religious backgrounds.
Students who have recently completed minors in Jewish Studies majored in a variety of disciplines including English, Religion, Psychology, History, Computer Science, Philosophy, Politics, Music, German Language & Literature, and Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Their focused and interdisciplinary study of Jews and Judaism have contributed significantly to their understanding of religious and cultural diversity as well as, in many cases, their career paths. Some have taken jobs in Jewish community organizations. Some have entered rabbinical programs and Christian divinity schools; one is training to be a cantor. Still others are concentrating on related subjects as they pursue doctorates in history, politics, religion, languages and literature.