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 program, whose purview extends from the ancient Near East to modern-day America, showcases and interprets the artistic expression, history, languages, literatures, philosophy, politics, and religion of the Jews over time and place.

The Program in Judaic Studies also provides students with the opportunity to interact with their professors both within and without the classroom. It sponsors trips to the theatre and to museums, organizes special events, including lectures and performances by celebrated personalities in a wide range of fields.

Our interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers as doctors, lawyers, journalists of both traditional and emergent media as well as professors and business professionals. Training GW undergraduates to become well-rounded, engaged, and dynamic citizens of the modern world, the program also fosters community and a sense of belonging.

Committee on Judaic Studies J. Weissman Joselit (Director), 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, 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: http://go.gwu.edu/JSTD and under the designations of CLAS, ENGL, HEBR, HONR, HIST and REL. 

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 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. Behind the Scenes: The Jewish Arts World in Contemporary Perspective. 3 Credits.