female professor in auditorium talking to audience while standing in front of a large movie screen.
Associate Professor Laura Herron leads a discussion in Hallock Auditorium after the showing a film, ‘‘Son of Saul,’’ that is part of the annual Ring Family Jewish Film Festival. Photo credit: Chris Schmucki ’22
Program Overview

Jewish Studies

Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Jewish Studies

Jewish studies is an interdisciplinary major that teaches students to appreciate and analyze both continuities and differences in Jewish history, religion, and culture around the world. Students who major in Jewish studies will take courses in many fields, including history, cinema studies, German, Latin American studies, philosophy, religion, comparative literature, music, theater, and dance.

Why Study Jewish Studies at Oberlin?

Student Clubs
Variety of Courses
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • JWST 109 - Jerusalem: Negotiating Sacred Space 4 credits
  • JWST 208 - New Testament and Christian Origins 4 credits
  • JWST 253 - Pilgrimage, Travel, and Judaism 4 credits
  • JWST 335 - Seminar: Crusades: Contact & Conflict in the Mediterranean World 4 credits

Jewish Studies Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who make important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. Their teaching interests include Medieval and early modern Europe, politics, and Judaism and religion in the modern world. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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