Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field that allows students to sample courses across the liberal arts curriculum at Temple University. Central to Jewish Studies is an examination of the history, culture, beliefs, customs, practices, texts, and languages of the Jewish people. It addresses the legacy of over 2,000 years of Jewish life as it has been lived in Jewish communities across the globe. At Temple we pay particular attention to contemporary issues of Jewish culture, identity, and practice. Students can either major or minor in Jewish Studies or do a certificate program in Jewish Secular Studies.