Loyola Marymount University has seen a wide variety of careers chosen by its Jewish Studies graduates. Students have used the opportunities afforded to them by the Jewish Studies Program to pursue careers in film and entertainment, International and diplomatic work, higher education and teaching, elder care, business and marketing, law and an assortment of other fields. While students graduating with a degree in Jewish Studies from seminaries have traditionally pursued careers as rabbis, Jewish scholars and other leaders in the Jewish community, LMU Jewish Studies graduates often pursue leadership options that include interfaith, international, intercultural and/or interdisciplinary engagement.
Jewish Studies takes pride in its rigorous curriculum, which challenges all students to pursue knowledge within and across disciplines and subjects of study. Additionally, Jewish Studies minors are encouraged to engage with the community through service, research and other opportunities. They are urged, and even required through some courses, to attend culturally, politically, religiously and socially immersive experiences in Los Angeles and throughout the world. The Jewish Studies Program is always looking for new ways to engage their participants in academic opportunities and in opportunities regarding various career choices.
Understanding the history of the state of Israel also plays an important role in the education of the Jewish Studies minor. Israel has been on the forefront of United States politics since it was founded in 1948. Similarly, the emphasis this program places on understanding the Holocaust and the events that led up to this horrific event allows our minors to recognize social indicators that may lead to genocide or other social atrocities before they occur. With this knowledge, our students actively work toward developing and maintaining peace. Through these and so many other academic and extracurricular opportunities, students choosing to participate in the Jewish Studies Program will involve themselves directly in conversations about pressing, modern issues. As a Jewish Studies minor, you will be encouraged to follow and find your passion while actively engaging the modern and ancient world through the lens of Jewish Studies.