The Jewish Studies Program is proud to partner with Northeastern’s Human Services Program to offer a “Social Justice, Identity, and Religion” specialization within the Human Services major. This specialization is one of five that Human Services offers its majors. It provides students with a unique opportunity to explore the important role religion and religious communities play in providing human services. Study of this subject has become increasingly popular at a time when the place of religion in public life is hotly debated. Those specializing in this topic will study the historical, cultural, sociological, and theological forces that shape the relationship between religion and human services. This course of study is crucial to the training of future professionals within fields such as social work and Jewish communal service.
In this specialization, students learn about the traditions and involvement of many different religious communities. Drawing on the resources of the Jewish Studies Program, particular attention is paid to the Jewish community, using it as a case study through which to explore a broad range of issues relevant to human services workers. We encourage Human Services majors who choose this specialization to complete a minor in Jewish Studies, for which only three additional Jewish Studies courses are required. Students who do not wish to minor in Jewish Studies but still focus their specialization on the Jewish community will receive a certificate from the Jewish Studies Program.