Welcome to Judaic Studies

The Judaic Studies Department at Binghamton University offers all undergraduate students the opportunity to explore and gain an interdisciplinary perspective on over three millennia of Jewish culture, Jewish social, political and economic history, Jewish literature, modern and postmodern Jewish thought as well as on Israel.

The department's teaching and affiliated faculty includes scholars from the humanities and the social sciences and the undergraduate curriculum covers a wide array of courses including courses in modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and Israeli literature.

Students completing a Judaic Studies major have a liberal arts degree that prepares them not only for graduate, but also for professional studies (for example, Law, Business, Public Administration), as well as for careers in Jewish communal service.

Support Judaic Studies

Please go to the Binghamton University Foundation website and follow the foundation instructions.

Fall 2015 Courses

We are offering courses in Jewish history, Israel Studies, Yiddish and Hebrew language, and philosophy of religion, and more. Take a look at our course listings.

Graduate Program

Binghamton University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is pleased to announce that we have expanded our programming and are now offering a combined (fast-track) BA-MPA program in Judaic Studies

An MPA degree is a professional degree for those interested in public service careers in management.  It is ideal for individuals who are committed to public service, would like to be a leader in a nonprofit or public organization, and want to make a positive difference in the world.

"Areas of Study"

The heart of the undergraduate program in Judaic Studies is found in a student's "Area of Study." This is a set of courses which cluster together to form an area of study of the student's choice.

Areas might include Jewish Communal Service, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, Holocaust Studies, Literature and Culture, or be individually designed.

We are also involved with the new Center for Israel Studies on campus.

Download the Academic Planning Guide for JUST here (pdf, 320 KB).

For more information see our Program of Study, or contact the DUS, Professor Karp.

Contact Information

Kierstin Luschwitz

Dir. Undergraduate Studies:
Jon Karp

Bat-Ami Bar On

Library Tower 1307

Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
NY 13902

Phone: 607-777-3070

Fax: 607-777-4812

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Last Updated: 4/10/15