Judaic Studies


Professor Jeffrey Shoulsom

Academic Director

Professor Stuart Miller

Core Faculty

Aschkenasy, Einbinder, Miller, Shoulson

Affiliated Faculty

Balma, Berthelot, Darawsha, Johnson, Hershenzon, Shamash, Wogenstein

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Judaic Studies is offered by the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life in conjunction with the Hebrew and Judaic Studies section (“HEJS”) in the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (“LCL”).

The program provides a unique opportunity for students with specialized interests in Jewish literature, culture, and history to pursue their research in the context of the relevant literatures, cultures and languages, all of which are taught within our integrated Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, which includes, aside from HEJS, sections devoted to Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Chinese, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, and Spanish Studies. Students may also take relevant courses in other programs and departments beyond LCL, especially Medieval Studies, which has a particularly strong relationship with LCL and Judaic Studies.

Admission to the Degree Program

The Judaic Studies Admissions Committee considers applications for admission to the master’s program. An undergraduate major in Judaic Studies is not necessarily required, but, before admission, students must display evidence of adequate preparation and interest. Students are encouraged to articulate a coherent plan of study that takes advantage of the integrated approach described above.

The M.A. Program

Work leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Judaic Studies may be undertaken either with “Plan A” (with thesis) or “Plan B” (without thesis). In either case, course work in Judaic Studies is distributed among several sections in LCL, Medieval Studies, and, on occasion, other departments, and the student’s advisory committee is composed of representatives of these constituencies.

Courses of Study

Course offerings and faculty are listed under Hebrew and Judaic Studies (“HEJS”) as well as under cooperating and supporting departments and programs.

The Center for Judaic Studies in conjunction with Hebrew and Judaic Studies organizes a number of special seminars throughout the academic year featuring faculty and visiting lecturers, which graduate students are expected to attend.

A minimum of two years of college-level Hebrew language instruction (or its equivalent) is required in order to receive the Master’s degree.


Stipends are available through the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.

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