Jewish Studies

The Jewish Studies track explores many facets of Jewish religion, law, literature, philosophy, and culture, and the history of the Jews in the Middle East and the diaspora. Through basic courses, it offers undergraduates the framework of knowledge for pursuing further comparative study, and teaches Jewish languages (Hebrew and Yiddish) at several levels for students who wish to pursue independent studies in one or more areas of Jewish civilization. Students in this track have pursued joint programs with many other departments and concentrations, including History, Comparative literature, Classics, Music, English, Slavic, Ethnic and Gender Studies.

Prospective NELC concentrators, secondary field candidates, and other undergraduates are encouraged to explore NELC through our course offerings, in "Jewish Studies" and our "gateway" courses. Languages most relevant to study in this pathway include Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic.