• 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.

James Young to Lead Community Discussion of New Book

January 25, 2017

On Thursday, February 23, Professor Emeritus James Young will lead a discussion of his latest book: The stages of memory: reflections on memorial art, loss, and the spaces between at the Jones Libr...

New Courses for Spring 2017

December 14, 2016

The Department of Judaic and New Eastern Studies has exciting new courses planned for Spring 2017! Ready to learn about the Jewish origins of comics like Superman and Batman? Interested in question...

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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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