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DEGREE PROGRAMS:
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The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies supports the academic study of Judaism around the University but does not sponsor any academic programs of its own. Students wishing to pursue degree programs may do so through the following institutions within Harvard:

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) administers both the undergraduate concentration in Jewish Studies and the graduate degree programs in Jewish Studies, as well as a number of other graduate programs in different fields of study, all concerned in some way with both the ancient and modern languages and civilizations of the Near East. The NELC departmental website provides information about degree requirements and admissions to the A.M. and Ph.D. programs in Jewish Studies, the secondary field pathway in Jewish Studies, and other Near Eastern fields. Those interested in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Jewish Studies should email nelc@fas.harvard.edu or call the NELC office at (617) 495-5757.

The Harvard Divinity School offers many programs of study including the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Master of Theology (ThM), and Doctor of Theology (ThD). The Divinity School offers many courses in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible/Old Testament as well as courses cross-listed with the NELC department. The Divinity School website provides information on their application procedures and requirements. For more information, please email admissions@hds.harvard.edu or call the Divinity Admissions office at (617)495-5796.

The Harvard University Committee on the Study of Religion offers an an undergraduate concentration in Religion and a Ph.D. degree in various fields, including Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies. The Th.D. program of Harvard Divinity School, also administered by the Committee on the Study of Religion, emphasizes the study of the literatures, practices, and institutions that shape religious and theological traditions and thought. The Committee on the Study of Religion's website offers FAQ's on their undergraduate and doctoral options. For more information, please email csrel@fas.harvard.edu or call (617) 495-5781.

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JEWISH STUDIES AND OTHER ACADEMIC FIELDS:
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The academic study of Judaism at Harvard is not limited to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Many departments offer courses of interest to students pursuing Jewish studies. Undergraduate and graduate students from many different fields take courses in Judaica from among the diverse offerings of the faculty within Harvard.

In addition, Harvard's Core Curriculum or the Program in General Education, in which all undergraduates are required to participate, presently includes several courses offered by Jewish Studies faculty: Moral Imagination in Modern Jewish Literature; Text and Context: Jews and their Books in Pagan, Christian and Muslim Surroundings; From the Hebrew Bible to Judaism, From the Old Testament to Christianity; and "If There is No God, All is Permitted": Theism and Moral Reasoning. These courses are quite popular and enroll hundreds of students on an annual basis.

The academic study of Judaism is by definition interdisciplinary and therefore serves to unite various fields and to deepen the appreciation of many aspects of historical and humanistic study. As a result, many students working in the departments of history, religion, philosophy, literature and government elect to specialize in some aspect of Jewish history or Hebrew literature as part of their program of study. In this way, too, the Jewish Studies programs within Harvard have reached out beyond their traditional boundaries to serve the larger University community--and the very nature of what is studied in universities has been changed as a result.

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COURSES IN JEWISH STUDIES:
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At the start of each academic year, the Center for Jewish Studies publishes a booklet called Jewish Studies at Harvard listing the current academic year's course offering in Jewish Studies and other courses of Jewish interest throughout Harvard University.

Jewish Studies at Harvard: Course Offerings, 2013-2014 is now available online. You can also request a hard copy be sent to you by sending your mailing address to the Center for Jewish Studies via email.
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2013-2014
Courses in
Jewish Studies

Please see the
FAS Registrar's Office

for the full listing of the
2013-2014 Courses of Instruction.

Jewish Studies

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