AJU: American Jewish University

The American Jewish University (AJU), which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, was created in 2007 by the merger of the University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute; AJU has two campuses: the Familian campus in Bel Air, California and the Brandeis-Bardin campus in Simi Valley, California.

The academic departments of AJU include: Behavioral Sciences; Bioethics and Natural Sciences; Business; Jewish Studies; Liberal Studies; Literature, Communication & Media; and, Political Science.

AJU offers a wide range of contemporary academic majors (and concentrations), such as: Bioethics and Natural Sciences (Premedical Studies, Health Science, Environmental Studies); Business; Global Studies; Intergroup Relations & Conflict; Jewish Studies, Liberal Studies (Elementary School Teaching Credential Preparation); Literature, Communication & Media (Literature, Communication, Theatre); Political Science; Psychology; and, US Politics, Law, and Public Policy. Individualized majors may also be pursued.

Additionally, AJU offers two 5-year dual degree programs: a BA/MBA in Nonprofit Management, and a BA/MA in Education.

The following is from the Mission Statement page of the American Jewish University web site:

LEARNING AND SCHOLARSHIP לימוד ולמדנות
We believe in the principle of Torah Li’Sh’mah-Learning as an Intellectual and Inspirational Endeavor-that embraces both academic scholarship and the efforts of all Jews to explore their shared heritage through the formal and informal study of Judaism and the other great civilizations of the world.

CULTURE תרבות
We acknowledge that Judaism is a flourishing civilization with a culture that is fundamental to modern Jewish identity. We strive to advance that culture by encouraging artistic endeavor in all of its many forms.

ETHICS קדושה
We recognize that ethics is the language of Judaism and its most important link to the world at large.

LEADERSHIP מנהיגות
We understand that the future of Jewish life depends on the careful preparation of dedicated and impassioned individuals who are called to leadership.

PEOPLEHOOD עם
We are a pluralistic institution that embraces diversity within Judaism and values the contributions of all groups to the growth of Jewish Civilization.

Learn more about American Jewish University over at the AJU website.

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About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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