Bring Jewish history, religion and culture into focus with a minor in Jewish Studies.

Whether you want to learn about your own Jewish background or gain a deeper understanding of Jewish communities around the world, these courses will help you reflect and engage in thoughtful discussions with students from varied religious backgrounds. 

Learn about the Hebrew Bible, Jewish literature and Jewish religion. Understand significant world issues related to Judaism, like Zionism and the Holocaust. You’ll gain a better understanding of current events that relate to Israel and the Jewish community, and graduate prepared for any career – teaching, journalism, social work, international relations and more – that serves a diverse population.

The Jewish Studies minor is part of the Department of Religious and Theological Studies

Outside the Classroom

The Jewish community at St. Edward’s University grows each year, providing many ways to connect and experience Jewish life.

Study Abroad

Students in this program are highly encouraged to study abroad. This is a chance to broaden your perspective while enhancing your religious studies. To learn more, talk to your advisor or visit the study abroad office.

Jewish Studies Club

The Jewish Studies Club serves to bring together students interested in Jewish faith and culture. This student-run organization welcomes both Jews and non-Jews. They promote the study of Judaism on campus and beyond the to the city of Austin, hosting forums, fundraisers, lectures, and other events to educate about Jewish life and promote Judaism. Past events include Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrations for Rosh Hashanah, a bake sale for Tu B’shvat, and a forum about Israel and its international relations. The club has also participated in community events such as the Austin Jewish Cultural Festival.


St. Edward’s University has a Hillel chapter is known as the Hillel Toppers and welcomes people from all faiths. Hillel Toppers serves to build a sense of community and provide an opportunity to explore spirituality and faith. They also bring awareness to important Jewish holidays through events such as Hanukkah on the Hilltop and Hillel Toppers Passover Sedar.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Richard Bautch leads the university's Jewish Studies program and played a key role in building the program beyond the academic environment. He brings to the program a depth of experience, including a PhD from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in Hebrew Bible and Judaica with a minor in New Testament. SRabbi Neil Blumofe, a senior rabbi at Congregation Agudas Achim, also teaches courses in Jewish Studies as an adjunct professor.