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Course Offerings

Course Offerings


Twice a year, Spertus Institute holds Jewish Studies Seminars onsite on our Chicago campus. Seminars offer dedicated time to advance your studies, learn with skilled and accomplished faculty, and engage with your fellow students from around the world. During seminars, courses are offered that meet program requirements for students in Jewish Studies masters and doctoral programs.

The next seminar takes place Sunday-Thursday, January 12-16, 2020

  • Advance your studies
  • Learn with skilled and accomplished faculty
  • Engage with your fellow students from around the world


These courses meet online via Zoom video conferencing platform.
They each meet weekly for eight sessions.

Jewish Ethics: Relating to God and One Another
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Moshe Berger

Wednesdays 6-8 pm, September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, 2019

Course 4629 at Master’s level, 5111 at Doctoral level | 3 credits
Fulfills MAJS Second Level Core or Elective, DSJS Text Course or Elective, DHL Independent Study/Text Course or Core (Jewish Ethics substitution)

Learn about the interplay between ethical and spiritual values as manifest in classical Jewish literature. Readings (available in the original Hebrew and in English translation) will comprise selections from the Bible, the Talmud, standardized liturgy, classical Bible commentaries, and the code of Maimonides. Delve into topics including what it really means to “love your neighbor,” the idea of Abraham as a prototype, and the nature of faith and morality—all while enhancing your ability to read and appreciate classical texts.

Judaism, Health, and Spirituality
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Joseph Ozarowski

Thursdays 6-8 pm, September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019

Course 4109A | 3 credits
Fulfills MAJS Elective, DSJS Elective or Text Course, DHL Independent Study/Text Course

Both within and beyond the Jewish community, people are exploring Jewish spiritual traditions as a platform for dealing with physical and mental health. Under the guidance of Chaplain/Educator Rabbi Dr. Joseph Ozarowski (who will share case studies from his decades in the field), participants will examine key areas of health care today through the eyes of Jewish teachings, grounded in Torah and other sacred texts. Specific topic areas will include: the place of spirituality in health care; Bikur Cholim (the Jewish tradition of visiting the sick) as a basis for spiritual care; medical ethics issues such triage and brain death; behavioral health issues such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), suicide, and addiction and recovery; end-of-life issues including dementia, ethical wills, advance directives, DNRs, nutrition/hydration, and bereavement, as well as the emerging world of Jewish Chaplaincy. The course will include text study (available in the original Hebrew and in English translation), group discussion, and a project.

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These courses are offered on an ongoing basis.
They can be started anytime after a student is admitted.
Click on course title for faculty and course description.


Introductory Biblical Hebrew I, II, and III
The Bible and the Ancient Near East
The World of the Rabbis
Contemporary Jewish Experiences


History of Antisemitism I: Antiquity to Late Eighteenth Century
History of Antisemitism II: Dawn of the Enlightenment to the Present
History of Jewish Biblical Interpretation

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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>