Jewish studies is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to appreciate and analyze both continuities and differences in Jewish history, religion, and culture around the world. We offer interested students a range of courses and a rigorous academic setting for the major, minor, and occasional student.
Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.View Faculty
Established in 1971, the Jewish Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to appreciate and analyze both continuities and differences in Jewish history, religion, and culture around the world. We offer a full range of courses for the major and minor, from introductory to private readings.
Students acquire a broad knowledge of the field along with some of the fundamental tools required for its continued pursuit. These skills include the ability to read and comprehend core religious and historical texts of the Jewish tradition, as well as methods for interpreting other materials relevant to the study of the Jewish religion, history, literature, philosophy, and culture.
Faculty in Jewish studies offer courses in many fields, including history, cinema studies, German, Latin American studies, philosophy, religion, comparative literature, music, theater, and dance.
Our graduates have gone into academic careers, the rabbinate, and Jewish education and communal work, as well as varied professional careers enriched by grounding in Jewish historical experiences, text, and instruction.