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The Jewish Studies Program is a vibrant and growing academic course of study affiliated with the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Program seeks to acquaint students with the breadth of Jewish Culture--literary, historical, theological, social, and political--and to introduce them to life and culture in the modern State of Israel. Since Hebrew has been the primary vehicle of Jewish expression in Israel and in the diaspora, students are encouraged to acquire a working knowledge of the Hebrew language. With these goals in mind, students take courses in four broad areas of Jewish Studies: history, literature and thought, Israeli society and politics, and Hebrew. The interdisciplinary nature of Jewish Studies allows students to take a wide range of courses in different departments, including History, Religion, English, and Government.

Requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies:

Although no Major is offered at this time, students may elect a Minor in Jewish Studies that combines well with many of the Major Programs offered by the College and that represents the humanistic perspective of a liberal arts education.

The Minor requires the completion of a minimum of seven courses: two core courses in History (HI 181 and HI 182) and five other courses approved for the Minor in Jewish Studies from the those listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue the study of Hebrew through one of the following options: two semesters of Biblical Hebrew (RE 201 and 202), two semesters of modern Hebrew (HB 125 and 126), or Hebrew study abroad. Students may count Hebrew courses toward the five elective courses required for this minor.

In addition to the Program's academic curriculum, Jewish Studies sponsors numerous, related events that range from guest lectures such as the Berger Lecture, in which renowned speakers are invited to Colby to share their expertise and researches on the Holocaust; the Lipman Lecture, which brings speakers to campus to speak on issues as diverse as Jews in Rock and Roll or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and Hillel activities, informal academic seminars, and Jewish Studies dinners and socials. The Program features a warm and close community of faculty and students, whose shared interests in the meaningful pursuit of knowledge and experience in Jewish Studies ensures a lively and stimulating course of study.

For more information on Jewish Studies at Colby contact Professor Elisa Narin van Court at


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