*Not a baccalaureate degree program
Jewish Studies provides undergraduate students with a comprehensive view of Jewish thought, history, and life. Judaism has flourished in a great variety of cultures in the past and in the present. Our courses therefore examine it as a living and dynamic religion in relation to others in the ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary worlds. Our students will develop important interdisciplinary skills as they learn to apply different methods and models for understanding religion, history, and culture, useful in both academic and professional settings.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
- Show sophisticated knowledge of core texts and tradition in Jewish Studies
- Understand and apply key concepts, theories, and methods in Jewish Studies, Thought, and History
- Show and apply knowledge of the History of Judaism, from its biblical Middle Eastern beginnings to its developments in Babylonia, Spain, Europe, the Mediterranean basin, America and the modern Middle East, and interactions with surrounding cultures
- Understand and appreciate the diversity of Jewish experience, ritual practice, legal tradition, and material culture across time, space, and community
- Conduct research: pose questions, obtain evidence, analyze sources, assess information, construct an argument
- To use critical reading skills and think critically
- To use effective written communication skills: express a point of view on a subject and support it with evidence
- To organize and orally present research results in a meaningful way
The Jewish Studies program fosters a strong sense of community, in which students feel nurtured and supported. Faculty know students by name and are uniquely able to help them develop intellectually and to craft a program of study suited to their particular interests. The Department of Jewish Thought regularly hosts lectures, conferences and events, with twice-yearly departmental dinners and receptions. These offer unique opportunities to learn about specific aspects of Jewish studies, and, often, the chance to meet famous scholars in the field. Together, these events work to create a strong community of inquiry.
Many of our classes and event are held in the Samuel Friedman Library in 708 Clemens. This is the geographical heart of our department, featuring books related to all areas of the Jewish experience that foster the passion for inquiry that is central to the Jewish tradition. This provides an intimate setting for students to get to know each other and their professors. That distinguishes Jewish Studies courses from those in other departments.
The Department of Jewish Thought is a leading program of its kind and the only department of Jewish Thought in all of the United States. The faculty consists of nationally and internationally prominent scholars who are also devoted teachers. Their interests include philosophy, literature, Bible and Talmud, ethics, mysticism, and gender and sexuality studies, and much more.
We encourage students to see professors whose research and area of expertise is of potential interest for them and establish working research relationships with the professor.
We recommend that students meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (709 Clemens Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org), to discuss their future program and the requirements of the department.
Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.
Please visit the Jewish Thought department website for additional information about our faculty.
Potential Opportunities Include:
- Graduate Studies in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Law School, Philosophy, Social Sciences, History, and other related disciplines
- Professional employment in fields such as general and Jewish education, community work requiring sensitivity to religious difference, non-profit work, Jewish communal service, and Jewish philanthropic and cultural institutions
- Professional employment in fields requiring the critical thinking and strong written and oral communication skills acquired in earning a liberal arts degree.
Contact the Jewish Studies undergraduate advisor, Prof. Marla Segol at email@example.com. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Jewish Studies Undergraduate Advisor