Judaic Studies

Judaic Studies at Brown

The Program in Judaic Studies is dedicated to the study of Jewish history, philosophy, literature, language, politics, and religion.

Offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration, the program provides students with the opportunity to explore Jewish culture and civilization across the ages. Since Christianity and Islam have deep roots in Judaism and the Western world has been profoundly shaped by a deep and abiding tension with both Jewish religious tradition and the Jewish communities in its midst, the concentration includes the study of interactions between Jews and non-Jews in both the ancient and modern periods. The history and culture of the State of Israel and its place in the Middle East is also a major focus of study. These are all issues with significant contemporary resonance, so the concentration offers its students many new insights on the world in which we live.

How to reach us

If you have questions about our program, please contact us via email at Judaic@brown.edu or by telephone at (401) 863-3910.

We are located in Hirschfeld House at 163 George Street.  Our mailing address is Brown University, Program in Judaic Studies, Box 1826, Providence, RI 02912 



Our courses cover a wide range of topics related to the study of Jews and Judaism in the disciplines of history, philosophy, religious studies, literary studies, and archaeology.


Graduate study in Hebrew Bible, Ancient Judaism and Jewish thought is housed in the Department of Religious Studies.