Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

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 to many different careers.

The typical class size for:
First Year/introductory courses is: 20-35
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 The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud (Fordham University Press, 2012). He has also published several academic articles and reviews.

Alexander Green is an assistant professor in the Department of Jewish Thought. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in the Department for the Study of Religion and his MA in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on medieval Jewish philosophy, ethics, and the history of biblical interpretation. He has finished his first book manuscript, Gersonides' Virtue Ethics, and is currently working on his second book project, Ibn Kaspi, the Bible, and the Meaning of History.

Noam Pines joined Jewish Studies in 2014. He earned his PhD in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His PhD dissertation is on the topic of "The Poetics of Dehumanization in Modern Jewish Literature." He received his MA in literature and BA in history and philosophy from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. A native Hebrew speaker, Noam is fluent in English, German and Yiddish. His current research interests include Poetics, Yiddish Literature, Hebrew Literature, German Literature, Walter Benjamin, Jewish American Literature, Literary Modernism, Animals in Literature, and Dehumanization. Noam is the author of several published academic articles and reviews.

Marla Segol joined the program in 2012 and she holds the Professorship in Jewish Studies. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. She specializes in the study of Kabbalah, Medieval Cosmopolitanism, Sexuality and Embodiment in Judaism, and contemporary New Age religion. In addition to several published articles, she has also authored the following books: Word and Image in Medieval Kabbalah: The Texts, Commentaries, and Diagrams of the 'Sefer Yetsirah' (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, Sexuality, Sociality, and Cosmology in Medieval Literary Texts (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), co-edited with Jennifer N. Brown, and Religious Conversion in Medieval Romance (LAP Lambert, 2012). She is currently at work on two new books, including "Tracing the Body Divine: a history of human and Divine embodiment in Jewish esoteric literature," and "Jewish Letter Magic: a sourcebook."

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

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