Grounded in the study of modern Hebrew language and classical texts, this interdisciplinary major encourages students to engage Judaism as a living, vibrant civilization with courses in history, religion, literature, anthropology, sociology and American studies. 

Judaic studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to foster broad comprehension of the history and development of Jewish civilization from its Ancient Near-Eastern origins through present times. Coursework drawn from a variety of academic departments allows students to appreciate the diversity of Jewish life and culture as they evolved in both Western and non-Western societies.

Judaism is a tradition with a rich and varied history that spans more than 3,000 years. To explore Judaic studies is to open a window onto a world that has influenced our own world in many important ways: Judaism's pivotal role in the development of major world religions (Christianity and Islam) and its importance for understanding the politics of the modern Middle East are among a number of important examples.

Local Jewish services and events and activities of interests can be found at Congregation Beth Tikvah in Carlisle as well as at the United Jewish Community and Jewish Community Center in nearby Harrisburg. And Dickinson has three partner programs that take students abroad to Israel.

Contact Info

Chair

Nitsa Kann

Department Coordinator

Terri Blumenthal

Phone

717-245-1493

Fax

717-245-1683

Location

208 East College Mailing Address

Department Features



Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here

Jobs

  • Community Synagogue of Rye
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Temple Aliyah

Graduate Schools

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Brandeis University
  • George Washington University
  • Boston University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Chisuk Emuna Religious School
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
  • Cumberland County CASA
  • Dickinson College / Center for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice

Judaic Studies News

Dickinson College Sociology Major Finds Success as Rabbi, Bioethicist and Novelist

Dickinson College Sociology Major Finds Success as Rabbi, Bioethicist and Novelist

Rabbi, teacher and novelist Phil Cohen ’73, former sociology major, shares his faith and talent for writing in a new Jewish science fiction detective novel.

Child Survivor of WWII Recalls Wartime Experiences and Road to Fulfillment, Success

Child Survivor of WWII Recalls Wartime Experiences and Road to Fulfillment, Success

Louis Reens '54 faced profound challenges as a child survivor of WWII. His resilience and intellectual curiosity allowed him to not just survive but thrive. He recently shared his story.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kosher Food but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kosher Food but Were Afraid to Ask

How is kosher food prepared, and how can I try it at Dickinson? Is poke kosher? Rabbi Marley Weiner will answer all your burning questions about kashrut (including what kashrut is!).

Life of Service

Life of Service

Former religion major Lauren Tuchman ’08 uses the skills garnered from her Dickinson education to provide spiritual and pastoral care as a noncongregational rabbi in Washington, D.C.

Holocaust Survivor to Share Personal Story in Lecture at Dickinson College

Holocaust Survivor to Share Personal Story in Lecture at Dickinson College

David Tuck will share his personal story of Holocaust survival during a lunch and learn discussion at Dickinson.

Interfaith Advocate and Rhodes Scholar to Speak on Religious Diversity in America During Dickinson College Lecture

Interfaith Advocate and Rhodes Scholar to Speak on Religious Diversity in America During Dickinson College Lecture

Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, will speak on the growth and influence of religious pluralism in America.