Jewish History

Courses: All first-year students in Jewish History are required to enroll in GR8910 Introduction to History and Historiography. Other courses are to be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Languages: Students are required to pass examinations in three foreign languages before the oral exam: Hebrew, French, and German. Students may also be asked to sit exams in one or more of the following languages, depending on research interests: Arabic, Aramaic, Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Yiddish.

Orals: Students are expected to take their orals in their sixth term. They are required to take one subfield in Ancient Jewish History, one in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History, and one in Modern Jewish History, plus a field in History outside of Jewish history, either geographical or thematic, to be agreed upon with their advisor. Students pursuing a Ph.D. in American Jewish history through the Jewish History field (as opposed to the US field) may, if they so choose, omit the Ancient Jewish History subfield and add American Jewish history as a subfield, with Modern Jewish History clearly designated as Modern European Jewish History.