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Our Mission

Jewish Studies is committed to educating students in the study of Jewish history, languages, literature, and culture, from its biblical roots to the modern era. We offer our students the opportunity to choose their own focus in Jewish cultural history — based either in the Hebrew language, or in a combination of Hebrew and another world language spoken by one or more historical Jewish communities (including Spanish, Russian, German, and Yiddish). The Jewish Studies faculty provide students with the opportunity to fulfill part of their major or minor requirements by completing individual research in individual departments, including History, Literature, Anthropology, Archaeology, Theater and Dance, and Sociology.