Jewish & Holocaust Studies

Jewish and Holocaust Studies students in front of class with food prepared
Dr. Meola's HY382 (Jews and Modern American Culture course) enjoying Delicatessen Food (Pastrami, Corned Beef, Jewish Rye, Rugelach and Babka) from Kenny and Ziggy's Delicatessen in Houston, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Dr. David Meola)
"Surely, it is time to break with the lachrymose theory of pre-Revolutionary woe, and to adopt a view more in accord with historic truth." - Prof. Salo Baron (1928)

A New Minor for USA Students

Welcome to the University of South Alabama’s Jewish and Holocaust Studies minor!

Beginning in the fall of 2018, students on our campus will have the ability to take courses that fulfill an 18-credit course of study that will lay the foundation for further engagement in this field. Jewish Studies is one of the most diverse fields in academia--there are hundreds of "Jewish histories" in countries and regions from around the world, and students will learn about Jewish life that stretches back more than 3,500 years. From the origins of Judaism to the modern State of Israel, and from East Asia to the Americas (and points in-between), Jews have been important contributors to World History. You can start learning about Jewish life and Judaism by signing up for this minor.

This program was created due to two prominent factors: demand by the student body, and a generous gift from Bert & the late Fanny Meisler, who funded an Endowed Chair in History and Jewish Studies, held by Jewish & Holocaust Studies Program Director, Dr. David Meola.