The United State’s first-ever online Jewish studies program is being launched by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) which will help expand remote education imprint of the school and also tap into a niche global market for the students.
The main idea behind this new curriculum is to aid students across the globe to have access to study programs in Jewish history and heritage as well as in Hebrew.
According to Rachel Baum, Deputy Director, Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, UWM, if there isn’t enough of local interest, it gets difficult to continue a program. This is one of the most common problems faced by small programs such as Jewish Studies, she added.
This is the reason why there has been a decrease in the ability of people to study the Hebrew language across the nation, Baum said.
The no. of students enrolling in biblical Hebrew or modern Hebrew in US universities has fallen by 23.9% and 17.6% respectively for the year 2013 till 2016, as per a Modern Language Association conducted students census.
Meanwhile, the UWM’s department of Jewish studies is also testing a fee payment structure which shall allow every student to pay a similar fee like in-state tuition.