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Course Calendar

Jewish Studies

Courses Offered On Ongoing Basis


  • Orientation: Introduction to Jewish Studies
           Supervised Independent Study (3 credits)
  • Introductory Biblical Hebrew I, II, and III (3 courses, 3 credits each)*
  • The Bible and the Ancient Near East (3 credits)*
  • The World of the Rabbis (3 credits)*
  • Medieval Jewish Experiences (3 credits)*
  • Early Modern Jewish Experiences (3 credits)*
  • Modern Jewish Experiences (3 credits)*
  • Contemporary Jewish Experiences (3 credits)*
  • Gender and Judaism (3 credits)*
  • History of Antisemitism I: Antiquity to Late Eighteenth Century*
  • History of Antisemitism II: Dawn of the Enlightenment to the Present*

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For Current Students and Alumni

Webconferencing Course
Jewish Medical Ethics
Tuesdays, October 17-November 14 from 5-7:30 pm CST

This course will explore current issues in bio-ethics from Jewish points of view. It will look at the opinions of scholars across the denominational landscape. Discussions include Issues at the beginning of life (including artificial reproduction, cloning, stem cell research, surrogates, abortion, and birth control) and the end of life (including advance directives, refusing treatment, brain death, organ transplantation, euthanasia, suicide, and assisted suicide). The course also examines the question of quality vs quantity of life, genetic engineering, enhancement vs therapy, and health care reform.

Tentative Seminar Dates
March 11-15, 2018
July 8-12, 2018

Registration Information Coming Soon

Letter from the Dean

Dear Jewish Studies Students:

We are pleased to provide you with a schedule of course offerings.

This list includes ongoing online courses and a series of new courses that will be delivered via web-conferencing.

There is quite a range of exciting courses, taught by distinguished international faculty, delivered in a variety of ways to meet your needs, schedules, and interests.

If you have questions, feel free to email me at or contact Dr. Victor Mirelman (Jewish Studies Faculty Chair) at

We look forward to learning with you.
Dean Bell
Dr. Dean P. Bell
Provost and Vice President
Spertus Institute

Why Spertus Institute?

  • Welcoming nondenominational environment open to all
  • Distinguished international faculty
  • Flexible scheduling and locations, distance learning available
  • Opportunities to pursue individual interests
  • Extensive resources


At Spertus Institute, we embrace the idea that the wisdom of Jewish thought and the richness of Jewish experiences inform Jewish society and Judaism today. Our programs encourage intellectual and spiritual reflection. Students grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of their personal, professional, and communal advancement.

Course Costs for Admitted Students

  • Masters level 
    $350 per quarter-hour credit 
    ($1050 per 3qh course)

  • Doctoral level 
    $400 per quarter-hour credit 
    ($1200 per 3qh course)

A registration fee of $25 is also required.

For New Students

Spertus offers graduate programs in Jewish Studies through a unique blend of distance learning and intensive on-campus instruction. Students — from half a dozen foreign countries and more than two dozen US states — come to Spertus for week-long academic seminars. Seminars include a range of courses in Jewish history, thought, and culture, accompanied by study of classical Jewish texts.

Applications for Jewish Studies programs are accepted all year. MORE>