• Judaic Studies

    The program in Judaic Studies at UMass offers a range of exciting opportunities to explore the remarkable history and cultures of the Jewish people that span more than three millennia. Students are invited to enroll in a full range of courses in Hebrew language, Yiddish, Jewish history, Israel studies, philosophy, law, politics, and film.

  • Middle Eastern Studies

    Middle Eastern Studies at UMass is a rigorous, interdisciplinary program that allows students considerable latitude in gaining knowledge of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. We welcome students as Middle Eastern majors, secondary majors, and minors, and also offer a minor in Middle Eastern languages.

Young Wins National Council on Public History Book Award

March 20, 2017

The National Council on Public History has recognized James E. Young, distinguished professor emeritus of English and Judaic and Near Eastern studies, with its 2017 Book Award for “The Stages of...

Public Statement

March 10, 2017

As faculty and staff at the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, we protest the revised executive order issued by President Trump denying entry...

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The Hebrew Superhero

ILC S404
4:00 pm


Imagining Hebrew, Imagining in Hebrew

Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building
4:30 pm

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The Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies offers a number of prizes and scholarships to students with majors in the department, including two prizes awarded to graduating seniors who plan to continue their studies in the fields of Judaic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

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