Judaic Studies enables students to develop a substantial knowledge of the history, religion, literature, languages, and culture of the Jews. Jewish society, texts, ideologies, and institutions are examined in comparative perspective in the context of the history and culture of nations in which Jews have lived and created throughout the ages.
The program in Judaic Studies offers courses that encompass all the major epochs of Jewish history: the biblical period, which includes biblical literature and archaeology; the classical period, which includes the literature and history of rabbinic Judaism and its antecedents; the medieval period, which includes Jewish history and literature in both Christian and Islamic lands; the early modern period, which includes Jewish history from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries; and the modern period, which includes the history and literature of Jews and Judaism from the late eighteenth to the twenty-first century and the impact of different facets of modernization.
The Judaic Studies major, especially as a second major with Economics, Political Science, English, or History, offers intensive background training for those considering admission to graduate or professional schools and to those planning careers in journalism, international relations, foreign service, publishing, the rabbinate, international law, politics, or social work. The interdisciplinary character of the program provides students with both a broad liberal arts background and an intensive preparation in the historical and religious experience of the Jewish culture.