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Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Graduate School Information


The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies bears a proud tradition of scholarly excellence in both of the fields it embraces: the history, languages, and cultures of the ancient Near East and the modern Middle East, and the study of the Jewish people, including its history, religion, literature, and place in civilization.

Majors find that their NEJS background serves them well in preparation for a great variety of graduate and professional careers. Past majors have gone on to law and medicine, academic or diplomatic/professional careers related to the ancient Near East, the modern Middle East, Judaica, the rabbinate, Jewish education, and other professions in the Jewish community.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Near Eastern and Judaic Studies alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Near Eastern and Judaic Studies major at Brandeis.

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Near Eastern and Judaic Studies major at Brandeis. Please note that this data is self-reported by alumni so it may not be completely accurate. Please contact the Hiatt Career Center at 781-736-3618 if you would like additional information.

2014 U.S. House of Representatives Communications Intern Politics
2013 Global Jewish Service Corps at JDC Fellow International Affairs
2013 The Crown Center for Middle East Studies Program Coordinator International Affairs
2012 Bose Corporation Internal Communications Specialist Public Relations
2012 The Law Office of Iannella & Mummolo Paralegal Law
2012 American Jewish Committee (AJC) Development Assistant Research
2012 Temple Beth Shalom T'fillah Leader Music Educator, and Jewish Learning Guide Education
2011 Google Internal Corporate Engineer Information Technology
2011 U.S. Department of Justice Judicial Law Clerk Law
2011 SNAP-Ed Garden Educator Health/ Agriculture/ Nonprofit
2010 J Street Executive Assistant Public Policy
2010 Marketing Writer Marketing
2010 Hiddush Director of Social Media and Outreach Nonprofit
2009 BlackRock Investment Management Solutions Analyst Consulting/ Finance


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (.pdf)

This degree’s interdisciplinary character helps students develop a range of skills that touch on the exploration of both cultures of the Middle East and the study of the Jewish people. For a view of potential career options see:

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success and the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding and making sense of a variety of documents.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing — Imparting new information and teaching others how to do something
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively in formal and informal settings.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.


  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of computers hardware and software, including applications and programming for word processing.
  • Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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