Welcome to the Department of Judaic Studies
History • Philosophy • Literature • American Judaism • Hebrew • Yiddish
Religious Studies • Israel Studies • Holocaust Studies
Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies
New Summer and Fall 2018 Courses
Courses included Jesus the Jew, Jewish New York, Non Profit Organizations, Conversion, Yiddish language, Hebrew, Modern Israel, Cultures and Society, Introduction to Israeli Literature, and more.
Summer and Fall course descriptions available here.
New Course Highlight: JUST 386 The Coming of the Rabbis
Instructor: Professor Michael Kelly
In this class, we will explore the dramatic rise of rabbis and rabbinical literature in late antiquity (c. 100 bc to ad 600) and analyze together the immediate and lasting effects of this moment on Judaism, as a faith, as an identity, and as a historical phenomenon. In this period, which begins around the occupation of the Land of Israel by the Roman Empire and the destruction of the Temple, Judaism underwent tremendous changes, including the invention of new holidays, the appearance of numerous sects and factions, a regular stream of professed messianic figures, and nearly endless riots and revolts.
Areas of Study
The heart of the undergraduate program in Judaic Studies is found in a student's "Area of Study." Judaic Studies students shape their degree around a set of courses they choose. Students may focus their studies in Jewish history, philosophy, Yiddish culture, Judaism in America, Holocaust studies, Israel studies, religious studies, literature, and more.
Community Internships Fall 2018
Work in a local dayschool, put on a museum exhibition, develop a local archive, write for the regional paper -- all for credit.