Judaic Studies

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences offers an interdisciplinary program in Judaic Studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. The purview of the program extends from the ancient Near East to modern-day America, and showcases and interprets the artistic expression, history, languages, literatures, philosophy, politics, and religion of the Jews over time and place.

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Judaic Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Judaic Studies as well as a minor in the field. At the graduate level, student may opt for the Master of Arts in the field of Jewish cultural arts or Master of Arts in the field of experiential education and Jewish cultural arts.

Master's programs

Committee on Judaic Studies J. Weissman Joselit, T. Anbinder, S. Ben-Gad, N. Brown, E. Cline, J. Cohen, P. Duff, R. Eisen, E. Friedland, B. Hill, L. Jacobson, S. Marcus, F. Moskowitz, W. Reich, D. Schwartz (Director), S. Waisman, G. Wald

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

A full list of courses for the Judaic Studies Program may be found on the Judaic Studies website and under the designations of CLAS, ENGL, HEBR, HONR, HIST and REL. 

JSTD 2001. Topics in Judaic Studies: Pre-modern. 3 Credits.

Focus on the pre-1650 period. Topics vary by semester. See the Schedule of Classes for details.

JSTD 2002. Topics in Judaic Studies: Modern. 3 Credits.

Focus on the post-1650 period. Topics vary by semester. See the Schedule of Classes for details.

JSTD 4018. Senior Thesis. 1 Credit.

For Judaic studies majors. Students choose a topic in any major subfield of Judaic studies, select a faculty advisor who specializes in the subfield, conduct research, and produce an annotated bibliography and a proposal that previews the main arguments of the thesis.

JSTD 4019. Senior Thesis. 3 Credits.

Continuation of JSTD 4018. For Judaic studies majors. Completion of the thesis and oral presentation before Judaic studies students and faculty.

JSTD 6001. Topics in Judaic Studies. 3 Credits.

JSTD 6097. Independent Readings/Research. 1-3 Credits.

Written permisison of instructor required. May be repeated for credit with permission.

JSTD 6154. Internship. 1-6 Credits.

Elective internship in areas related to Jewish cultural study.

JSTD 6201. Jewish Life in Contemporary America. 3 Credits.

JSTD 6211. Displaying Jewish Culture: Landmark Exhibitions on Judaism and the Jewish Experience. 3 Credits.

JSTD 6298. Capstone: Behind the Scenes. 3 Credits.