Jewish Studies

The Jewish Studies Program is designed to acquaint students with the many facets of Jewish civilization through an interdisciplinary study of Jewish religion, history, philosophy, art, literature, social and political institutions and cultural patterns.

 

The goals for the major include developing an understanding of the breadth and diversity of Jewish civilization through interdiscipinary learning in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In particular:

  • Learning to contextualize Jewish civilization within its broader milieu
  • Understanding the foundation texts and central ideas and institutions of Judaism
  • Building specialized knowledge in one area: e.g., among others, Biblical studies; ancient, medieval, early modern or modern Jewish history; European or Eastern Jewry; Hebrew language and literatutre; Israel studies
  • Establishing proficiency (equivalent to two years of undergraduate instruction) in Hebrew, either Biblical or modern, or if relevant Yiddish, Arabic or Spanish.
  • Interpreting primary texts critically, developing writing skills, and learning to identify essential links among discipiens and cultures.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Jewish Studies Program
Founders Hall 222
106 Central Street
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481

Tel: 781.283.2609
Fax: 781.283.3648

Fran Malino
Program Director
fmalino@wellesley.edu

Robin Lush

Assistant to Religion Department & Interdisciplinary Programs
rlush@wellesley.edu