HFA - College of Humanities & Fine Arts view HFA submenu
  • 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.


Remembering Professor Emeritus Julius Lester

April 26, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies hosted a memorial event to celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus Julius Lester at the University's Old Chapel....

James Kugel Presents the 2018 Robert and Pamela Jacobs Distinguished Lecture

April 13, 2018

The Unviersity of Massachusetts Amherst welcomed famed biblical scholar James Kugel to campus on April 12, 2018 to the deliver the annual Robert and Pamela Jacobs Distinguished Lecture. The author...

More News »


There are no upcoming events at this time.


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.

Read More