This field encompasses a multidisciplinary approach to Jewish intellectual and cultural experience from late antiquity to the present, including philosophy, literature, mysticism/pietism, law, and the arts. Graduate students will be trained to explore their area of specialization within the larger context of religious studies and will be encouraged to employ methodological approaches endemic to the study of religion in their research. Our department is particularly suited to accommodate interest in the following areas: rabbinic legal theory, medieval pietism and Kabbala, Hasidism, contemporary fundamentalism and religious renewal, Zionism/Diasporism, and gender. See also, Jewish Studies.
Jewish Thought and Culture
Special admissions requirements
To apply, you should have an M.A. in Jewish Studies or related field and two years of a Jewish language, usually Hebrew.
Sample exam structure
The qualifying examination will consist of 3 four-hour exams:
- An exam on an area of concentration outside the dissertation research
- An exam on a second area of study outside the dissertation research
- An exam on a specific subject or field related to the topic of the dissertation