Introduction to Jewish Studies

Introduction to Jewish Studies

Supervised Independent Study
Course 3500 | 3 credits

Jewish Studies as an academic discipline is in some ways a relatively new endeavor. As an interdisciplinary field, it draws from a broad range of scholarly methodologies, covers a dizzying array of topics, and utilizes many genres of source materials. As such, Jewish Studies is an amalgam that tells us quite a bit about Jews and Judaism, both past and present, as well as the current state of the academy. At the same time, Jewish Studies writ large is a much older discipline — in the guise of Biblical study, exegesis, historical writing, and debate, for example. In this orientation to the MA in Jewish Studies program, you will examine the general lines of development of Jewish Studies in the academy, with special emphasis on recent developments. You will take a close look at recent scholarship to understand central themes and current trends in Jewish Studies today.