The program in Jewish studies offers students the opportunity to explore Jewish history, communities, literature, religion and culture in a comparative perspective and multicultural framework. Courses include Hebrew language instruction as well as the study of classical and modern Jewish texts in translation.
The interdisciplinary minor in Jewish studies provides an introduction to the study of Jewish culture, thought, history and literature. Students learn a broad range of methodologies and critical concepts in these areas and gain insight into the relation between Jewish identities, histories, and representations and those of the cultures in which Jews throughout the world have lived. The program in Jewish studies will be of special interest to students majoring in history, religious studies, comparative literature and sociology as well as other fields in the humanities and social sciences.