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The subjects of study cover an astonishing range, including history and society, Jewish law and philosophy, and 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.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Explore the history of Jews and Judaism from biblical times to the present
  • Develop theoretical acumen in humanistic and social scientific inquiry
  • Acquire elementary proficiency in Hebrew
  • Select and develop proficiency in the methods of one particular discipline
  • Complete a capstone course or honors thesis

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Claire Miller

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates


Director of Undergraduate Studies - Fall 2019: David Jacobson
Director of Undergraduate Studies - Spring 2020: Rachel Rojanski