1.) Educate students, faculty, and the DFW community about the religion, cultures, and historical experiences of the Jewish people.
2.) Promote Jewish and Israel studies in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
3.) Foster ties between UNT and Jewish institutions in the DFW area, throughout the United States, and in Israel.
4.) Increase original scholarship by students and faculty on Jewish and Israel subjects.
The UNT Jewish Studies Program is the only Jewish studies program at a public university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. UNT is the largest university in the North Texas region, with more than 36,000 students and more Jewish students than all other Dallas-Fort Worth universities combined. The Jewish Studies Program includes 48 courses on Jews and Judaism across 7 of UNT’s colleges taught by 28 faculty in 12 departments. 13 of the program’s courses are on the State of Israel. By way of comparison, only two of the top 20 U.S. universities offered seven or more courses in Israel in the academic year 2008-09. The Jewish Studies Program offers multiple scholarships from seven endowments and programs. The Jewish Studies program offers a minor in Jewish studies and plans to establish a M.A. in Jewish Studies.