At a Glance
Download a fact sheet about the NEJS major at Brandeis (pdf).
NEJS 5a Exemption
You may become exempt from taking NEJS 5a, a required course for the NEJS major, by passing a three-hour exemption exam. Students who pass the exam may take another course instead. To register for the exam, email or call Joanne Arnish at (781) 736-2950.
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.The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies 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.
How to Become an Undergraduate Major
Students who wish to concentrate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies meet with undergraduate advising head Ilana Szobel 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.