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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

Location

Location

  • Department of Jewish Studies
  • 3438 McTavish Street, Room 202
  • Montreal, QC H3A 0E4
  • Canada

About Jewish Studies

About Jewish Studies

The Department of Jewish Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Judaica. It welcomes students interested in deepening their knowledge of Jewish history and Jewish texts. Students have the choice of a thesis or non-thesis M.A. in Jewish Studies or a thesis M.A. in the History of Jewish Interpretation of the Bible. An ad hoc Ph.D. is also available. We have particular research and teaching strengths in the following areas: Hebrew Bible and its interpretation; rabbinics and codes; medieval and modern Jewish thought; Eastern European Jewish history; Jewish literature (Hebrew, Yiddish, English); and contemporary North American Jewish life. These areas are broadly construed to accommodate the range of research interests in the Department. Students develop close relationships with their supervisors and benefit from the diverse expertise available in our Department and in the University at large.

While the thesis option is designed for students undertaking advanced research in one of the areas above, the non-thesis option offers a generalist degree in Jewish studies.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Jewish Studies (Thesis) (45 credits)
This option is aimed at students who have acquired a rich background in Jewish studies through their B.A. and who are now ready to focus their study on one period and/or discipline within the broad field of Jewish civilizational studies. Students choosing Eastern European studies, Jewish thought, or Hebrew literature must enter the program with a good command of either Hebrew or Yiddish according to their chosen specialization. The degree is normally completed within two years. Subsequent career paths are varied, but could include work in Jewish communal agencies, Jewish schools, Jewish foundations, the rabbinate, or further graduate study in a related field.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Jewish Studies (Thesis) (45 credits) – History of the Jewish Interpretation of the Bible
This option is aimed at students who have acquired a rich background in Bible and Jewish studies through their B.A. and who now wish to study the Bible and its interpretation within Jewish circles at an advanced level. Students choosing this path must enter the program with a good command of Hebrew. The degree is normally completed within two years. Subsequent career paths are varied, but could include work in Jewish communal agencies, Jewish schools, Jewish foundations, the rabbinate, or further graduate study in a related field.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Jewish Studies (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
This option is aimed at students who have acquired some background in Jewish studies through their B.A. and who wish to add to their knowledge without having to concentrate on one period or discipline within the broad field of Jewish civilizational studies. Students may take courses in related disciplines outside of Jewish Studies if appropriate. The degree is normally completed within two years. Students must demonstrate good command of Yiddish or Hebrew prior to graduation. Subsequent career paths are varied, but could include work in Jewish communal agencies, Jewish schools, Jewish foundations, the rabbinate, or further graduate study in a related field.
Ph.D. in Jewish Studies
This is an ad hoc program. Please contact the Department for further information on this option.

Jewish Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Jewish Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Revision, October 2012. Start of revision.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Ideally, applicants would have completed a B.A. Honours in Jewish Studies. If an applicant is otherwise deemed acceptable, it is possible to be admitted to a Qualifying year. Students seeking admission to History of Jewish Interpretation of the Bible must demonstrate competence in Hebrew prior to beginning the program.

In addition to the appropriate references, transcripts, and examination scores, applicants should send samples of their academic work in their field of interest. Personal interviews are strongly recommended.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures (for All Admissions Starting Summer 2013) for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Written Work

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Feb. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Same as Canadian/International
Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Revision, October 2012. End of revision.

Jewish Studies Faculty

Jewish Studies Faculty

Chair and Graduate Program Director
Eric Caplan
Professors
David Aberbach; B.A.(Univ. Coll., Lond.), M.Litt., Ph.D.(Oxf.)
Gershon Hundert; B.A.(Col.), M.A.(Ohio St.), Ph.D.(Col.) (Leanor Segal Professor of Jewish Studies) (joint appt. with History)
B. Barry Levy; B.A., M.A., B.R.E.(Yeshiva), Ph.D.(NYU)
Associate Professors
Eric Caplan; B.A.(Tor.), M.A.(Hebrew), Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appt. with Integrated Studies in Education)
Carlos Fraenkel; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin) (joint appt. with Philosophy)
Yael Halevi-Wise; B.A.(Hebrew), M.A.(G'town), Ph.D.(Princ.) (joint appt. with English)
Lawrence Kaplan; B.A.(Yeshiva), M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Adjunct Professors
Magdalena Opalski; M.A.(Warsaw), Ph.D.(Ott.)
Ruth Wisse; M.A.(Col.), Ph.D.(McG.)

Master of Arts (M.A.); Jewish Studies (Thesis) (45 credits)

An M.A. in Jewish Studies (thesis option) is offered in the following areas: History of the Jewish Interpretation of the Bible, Eastern European Jewish History, Jewish Thought, Hebrew Literature, and Modern Jewish Literatures. These areas of specialization are broadly construed to accommodate the range of research interests in the Department. The M.A. can be ...

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Jewish Studies (Thesis) (45 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); Jewish Studies (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

All students pursuing this option must take JWST 699. The remaining credits will normally include 15 credits in two of the following areas and 12 credits in the third: Jewish Thought, Jewish History, and Jewish Literature. The substitution of credits in related disciplines outside of Jewish Studies may be permitted if appropriate. The coursework will be adjusted ...

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Jewish Studies (Non-Thesis) (45 credits).

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