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The Jewish Studies concentration is designed to introduce the student to the major historical and religious trends in Jewish civilization since its inception in antiquity. The courses reflect the broad range of developments both encountered and fostered by the Jewish people: their contact with other world civilizations, their classical literature, their social and religious institutions, and their interaction with the modern world. In these courses, Jews and Judaism are studied both in their own internal context and as paradigms for wider trends in history and religion.

Students interested in Jewish Studies might also be interested in the concentration in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.