At a Glance

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"The real value of any academic department is found in its people, and this is especially true in NEJS at Brandeis. I found here a wealth of knowledge and expertise, combined with a sincere interest in helping the students succeed."

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The undergraduate major in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies is divided into three parallel tracks: 

Each is designed to combine a broad education in the various disciplines and periods that constitute NEJS, with a degree of specialization in one specific area. It is the intent of the major also to introduce students to the critical study of Near Eastern and Judaic sources, classical and modern, within the academic context.

Majors are strongly encouraged to diversify their courses within the department and to consider related courses in other departments in order to acquaint themselves with the different disciplines and approaches that Near Eastern and Judaic Studies embraces.

How to Become an Undergraduate Major

Students who wish to concentrate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies meet with undergraduate advising head Jonathan Krasner and are assigned a faculty advisor in accordance with their individual areas of interest. Together with their advisor, they develop a plan of study designed to fulfill the requirements of the major and to meet their personal interests and needs.

With the approval of the department, a limited amount of credit may be awarded for appropriate courses taken at other universities.

For complete information on the NEJS major, see the Brandeis University Bulletin.

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) Program

The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum offered in conjunction with the faculty from several other departments. It is designed to provide a strong foundation in Middle Eastern studies with a specialized knowledge of Islam. Please contact Professor Nader Habibi for more information.