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  • 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.


Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies Statement on Racism

June 15, 2020

The Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies acknowledges and mourns the tragedy of the recent killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others before...

Broadbridge Wins 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award

April 22, 2020

We are very proud to announce that the Director of our Middle Eastern Studies Program and History Department Professor Anne Broadbridge has been awarded the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA),...

Malissa Taylor Selected as Lilly Fellow for Teaching Excellence

April 22, 2020

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Malissa Taylor for being selected as one of only eight Lilly Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. It is a great achievement, as the Fellowship is highly...

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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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