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Welcome to Jewish Studies at UTEP!

The Inter-American Jewish Studies Program
is a broad, flexible, interdisciplinary program designed for undergraduates to gain an understanding of Jewish civilization and its creative and cultural experience. The program, which is non-theological in orientation, is an academic exploration of the multi-faceted, socio-historical, 4,000 year record of the Jewish people. Courses taught in and cross-listed with the program highlight the diversity of cultural, political, social, and religious experiences of Jewish people in different times and places. The program is structured to provide an in-depth liberal arts education that will constitute a foundation for advanced academic study, professional careers in a variety of fields, and a more complex and rich understanding of the world. The program at The University of Texas at El Paso will have as a major point of inquiry the rich cultural tradition of the Jewish people in Mexico and Latin America. Courses fulfill numerous UTEP core curriculum requirements.

It is our mission to provide a program of the highest quality, produce students who are critical thinkers, and address the challenges of the new century.  We promote cultural awareness, scholarship and service, and innovative teaching.

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