- Cornell University's Jewish Studies Prgram is a broadly based, interdisciplinary program, bringing together faculty from various Cornell departments and colleges. The scope of the Jewish Studies curriculum covers Jewish civilization from its ancient Near Eastern origins through its contemporary history and culture in Israel and the diaspora communities around the world. It is a secular, academic program, the interests of which are diverse and cross-cultural. The program recognizes its special relationship to teaching and research in classical Judaica and Hebraica pursued by the members of the Department of Near Eastern Studies.
- The Program in Jewish Studies presently enables students to obtain basic instruction and specialization in the fields of Semitic languages; the Hebrew Bible; medieval and modern Hebrew literature; ancient, medieval, and modern Jewish history; and Holocaust studies. In some of these fields ,students may take courses on both graduate and undergraduate levels. Faculty throughout the university provide breadth to the program by offering courses in related areas of study. Throughout the academic year, the program also sponsors lectures and events to support and enrich its academic mission
- To learn more about Jewish studies, visit its website at jewishstudies.cornell.edu.
Near Eastern Studies
- The Cornell University Department of Near Eastern Studies offers courses in the history, civilization, archaeology, religion, languages, and literatures of the Near East, a region which has had an important impact on the development of our civilization and plays a vital role in today's world community. Encompassing the Near East from ancient times to the modern period, the Department's course offerings encourage students to take an interdisciplinary approach to the cultures of this region, and emphasize methods of historical and literary analysis. The department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
- For more information on the Department, visit neareasternstudies.cornell.edu.
- Hebrew (or, ‘Ivrit) is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by more than seven million people in Israel and Jewish communities around the world. In Israel, it is the de facto language of the state and the people, as well as being one of the two official languages (together with Arabic), and is spoken by a majority of the population.
- For more information on the program, please visit jewishstudies.cornell.edu/courses.