Jewish Studies : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C+ in JDS 103 Introduction to Judaism.

Acceptance Information

Deadlines: Rolling

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The Jewish Studies department offers a wide array of courses and stresses the development of research and communication skills vital for many different careers.

The typical class size for:

Freshmen/introductory courses is: 30-50
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 20-30
Senior level/advanced courses is: 8-12

Suggested Introductory Courses


For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Richard A. Cohen is one of the world's foremost experts on the thought of the philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas. His research primarily focuses on ethics, in particular what he calls the high importance of morality and justice as being key to the spiritual inspiration and aspirations of Jews and of all humanity. Other interests include modern and contemporary continental philosophy and Judaism, and the 20th century philosopher and Talmudic commentator Emmanuel Levinas. In addition to numerous translation of Levinas' works into English, Cohen has published three books: Elevations: The Height of the Good in Rosenzweig and Levinas (University of Chicago Press, 1994), Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy: Interpretation After Levinas (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Levinasian Meditations: Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion (Duquesne University Press, 2010).

Sergey Dolgopolski joined Jewish Studies in 2010. He holds a Joint Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophical Sciences from the Russian Academy of Sciences. His general area of interest is the variety of ways in which philosophy and literature interact. He specializes in the Talmud and rabbinic Judaism. His publications include What is Talmud? The Art of Disagreement (Fordham U. Press, 2009), and Who Thinks, Speaks, and Remembers in the Talmud? An Essay in Talmud, Philosophy, and Virtuality (Fordham U. Press, 2012).

Aaron W. Hughes is the Gordon and Gretchen Gross Professor of Jewish Studies. He is an authority in Islamic Studies, Jewish Thought, and the academic study of religion. His books include The Texture of the Divine: Imagination in Medieval Islamic and Jewish Thought (Indiana University Press, 2004), Situating Islam: The Past and Future of an Academic Discipline (Equinox, 2007), Muslim Identities: An Introduction to Islam (Columbia University Press, 2012), and Abrahamic Religions: On the Uses and Abuses of History (Oxford University Press, 2012).

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Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:30 EST