Undergraduate

Undergraduate Concentration

Jews have lived and flourished over thousands of years in a variety of social contexts, stretching from the Land of Israel and the eastern Mediterranean to Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Judaic studies concentrators will have the opportunity to study Jews in these contexts, getting to know their social structures, and what they have created. The subjects of study cover an astonishing range, including Jewish history and society, Jewish law and philosophy, Jewish literature and ritual. Students will learn to unlock this wealth in both the ancient and the modern worlds through a number of academic disciplines - History, Religious Studies, and Literature. These also provide tools for studying and analyzing human societies and cultures in general, for which Jewish experiences provide an important perspective.

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Feel free to reach out to our concentration advisor to discuss your concentration questions. Contact Professor Rachel Rojanski at [email protected].  She is also available to meet via phone, Zoom, Skype, etc.

Rachel Rojanski
Associate Professor of Judaic Studies
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Undergraduate Concentration Advisor
 

Ruth Adler Ben-Yehuda
Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Judaic Studies 
Undergraduate Concentration Advisor
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What can I do with a concentration in Judaic Studies?

Where a concentration in Judaic Studies can leadWhere a concentration in Judaic Studies can lead

Follow graduates' career paths through advanced degrees such as PhD, MBA, MPH, DPhil, MD, MPA, JD and on to careers as academic faculty, medical faculty, doctor, lawyer, Rabbi, Cantor, teacher, interpreter, business executive, public defenders and more: 

After graduation
  • Rabbinical Student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion-New York
  • MA student in Architecture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design after working as a Communications and Marketing Coordinator at Flansburgh Architects
  • Doctoral student of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History in the Taub Center for Israel studies at New York University, after studying Yemeni Jewish history in Jerusalem on a Fulbright Scholarship
  • Lead Teacher at Success Academy Charter Schools
  • Hospital and Higher Education Campaign Coordinator at Massachusetts Building Trades Council
  • Spanish Medical Interpreter at Ascentria Care Alliance
  • Emergency Medicine Resident at Florida Atlantic University after earning an M.D. at Brown University Medical School
5+ years after graduation
  • Postdoc Fellow at Yale University after earning a PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University
  • Associate Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates after earning a JD at University of California, Berkeley
  • Associate at Bass, Berry & Sims after earning a JD at Vanderbilt University Law School in the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • ProgramAssociate in Project Development and Finance at Lathan & Watkins after earning a JD at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Radiologist resident at John Hopkins Hospital after earning an MD at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Information Systems Manager at Hazon
10+ years after graduation
  • Associate at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, NYC after earning a JD at Stanford University Law School
  • Associate at at Dechert LLP after earning a JD at New York University school of Law
  • Faculty at Stanford School of Medicine after earning an MD at New York University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Public Defender at Office of the Public Defender Maryland after earning a JD at University of Michigan Law School
  • Litigation Associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP after earning a JD at Harvard Law School
  • Freelance event manager
  • Staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. after earning a JD at Harvard Law School
  • Director of Media Analytics & Strategy at the NFL 
  • Director of Asset Management for McLagan at Aon after earning an MBA at Columbia Univeristy - Columbia Business School
  • Privacy counsel at Linked In after earning a PhD in History from University of Southern California and J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Counsel at Linklaters after earning a JD and LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center
  • Rabbi at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El and Director of Rabbinic Formation at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College after being ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Roslyn after being ordained at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of ReligionAssociate at Davis & Gilbert LLP after earning a JD at New York University School of Law
  • Marketing and Brand Management Consultant after earning an MBA at Columbia University - Columbia Business School
  • Emerging company and VC attorney after earning a JD at Harvard Law SchoolAssociate Attorney at Goulston & Storrs after earning a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center
20+ years after graduation:
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney (Boston area), Partner at Sadowski Katz LLP, NYC, after earning a JD at Emory University School of Law
  • Founder, Chestnut Hill Advisory Partners LLC, and legal work at Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, National Endowment for the Arts after earning an MA at Parsons School of Design and a JD at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Cantor at Cantor of Columbia Jewish Congregation after earning an MA in Sacred Music and Investiture as Cantor at Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • Director of Camper Care at Camp Ramah in CA after earning a PsyD in clinical psychology from the CA School of Professional Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Presbyterian Center after earning an MD at Tulane University School of Medicine