The M.A. in Jewish Studies is primarily concerned with the study of Jewish culture and religion in the diaspora and in Israel as well as the position of Israel in the world historically and today. Departments in which students take courses include History; Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; and Religion. Students may also take courses at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The program concludes with a thesis on a limited topic within the student's area of concentration.
Students in the program are encouraged to make use of the resources of Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. The Institute brings together faculty and students in several disciplines and departments whose academic interests primarily concern the study of Jewish civilization or the state of Israel in its historical and contemporary dimensions. It also encourages research and publication in all branches of Jewish history culture and institutions in Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages and literatures and in the history of Jewish philosophy and religion.
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education