Professor ChaeRan Freeze with students in class

ChaeRan Freeze, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies



Brandeis University's Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) bears a proud tradition of scholarly excellence in the fields that it embraces. The study of the Jewish people, including their history, religion, literature and place in civilization, the history, languages, and culture of the Bible and ancient Near East,* the study of Arabic and Islamic civilizations. NEJS is one of the oldest and largest programs of its type outside of the State of Israel. We have the largest faculty in Jewish Studies of any secular American university. At Brandeis, students have the opportunity to study with the scholars who are, in many cases, the foremost experts in the world in their field. Our internationally renowned faculty has published dozens of books and hundreds of articles. Many are known throughout the world. To read more about our academic programs, visit the department's website. Application information can be found below.

*The Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department is not accepting applications in the field of Bible and the Ancient Near East for the academic year 2022-23.

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Please note: Applicants to the Joint MA in Coexistence & Conflict and NEJS should visit the Heller School's website.

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