Jewish Studies Graduate Program

Areas of Study

Applications to the Graduate Programs are accepted by the department (i.e. History, Anthropology, Literature). For application information contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

The MA in Jewish Studies

The MA in Jewish Studies, is offered under the auspices of the Department of History. Students may focus on a specific discipline or have an interdisciplinary focus. Upon completion of their course work, students may choose either an examination or a thesis in consultation with their faculty advisor to complete their degree.

The PhD in Ancient History

The Department of History offers a PhD program in ancient history. Relevant major fields are the history of Israel in the Biblical period, and the history of the Jewish people in antiquity. One minor field must be in History and the second minor field may be in another discipline. Students must acquire competence in the relevant ancient and modern languages.

The PhD in Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate training in social, cultural, psychological, and biological anthropology, as well as in archaeology. In conjunction with the Jewish Studies Program, students may concentrate in Near Eastern archaeology with a focus on Israel and Jordan.

The PhD in Literature

The Ph.D is interdisciplinary in focus, although students may write dissertations on any topic or in any field in which members of the faculty have expertise. Students interested in working on a Jewish literature topic may do so under the rubrics of Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, or Literatures in English.


The Jewish Studies Program offers graduate students two forms of support, in addition to teaching assistantships through their home department, a fellowship and grants.

1. The Dita and Erwin Gumpel Jewish Studies Endowed Fellowship is awarded by the Core Faculty for the upcoming academic year in the Spring quarter.

2. In addition to resources offered through the departments, graduate students working on Jewish Studies topics may apply for grants to support travel and research from the Jewish Studies Program.

Visit the Graduate Funding page of this website for additional information.

Program Coordinator

Andrianna Martinez
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 1105
Phone: 858-534-4551

Walk-in Advising:
10:00-11:00 AM and 2:00-3:00 PM
and by appointment

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