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Degrees & Majors

Jewish Studies

Bachelor of Arts


The B.A. major in Jewish studies provides students with an in-depth knowledge of Jewish studies, as well as proficiency in a language of relevance to Jewish studies. The curriculum focuses on Jewish civilization from antiquity to the present and its interaction with and impact on the world at large. Our program draws on the many disciplines necessary to study the multifaceted Jewish experience, thus bringing a variety of approaches to the study of Jewish civilization. Contributing departments include anthropology, communication and culture, comparative literature, English, fine arts, Germanic studies, history, Hutton Honors College, musicology, Near Eastern languages and cultures, political science, and religious studies. Modern and Biblical Hebrew language courses and Hebrew literature and culture courses taught within the Jewish Studies Program offer students a way to understand Jewish culture and its historical experience through literary analysis of texts and artifacts. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Jewish Studies Program, students enrolled in the B.A. or certificate programs have the opportunity to structure course work individually, according to their specific areas of interest.