Jewish Studies Minor to Debut in the Fall at Duquesne University

Duquesne's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts will launch a 15-credit Jewish Studies minor in the fall 2017 semester.

The minor will be comprised of five courses including "Judaism, Christianity and Islam," "The Sacred Scriptures of Ancient Israel" and courses on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

The effort to bring the minor to campus was led by Duquesne's Jewish Studies Forum, said Dr. Daniel Burston, associate professor of psychology.

"We want to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding between Christianity, Judaism and Islam," Burston said.

Courses for the minor will be taught by faculty from departments including theology, psychology, sociology and modern languages, said Dr. Marie Baird, associate professor of theology and director of the Jewish Studies minor.

Baird said she hoped students taking classes toward the new minor would gain a greater appreciation for similarities and differences between Christianity, Islam and Judaism, as sometimes young people raised in Christian households aren't aware of the deep roots of anti-Semitism on Jewish people.

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