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Course Calendar

Jewish Studies

Courses Offered On Ongoing Basis


  • Orientation: Introduction to Jewish Studies
  • Supervised Independent Study (3 credits)
  • Introductory Biblical Hebrew I, II, and III (3 courses, 3 credits each)*
  • The Bible and the Ancient Near East (3 credits)*
  • The World of the Rabbis (3 credits)*
  • Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages (3 credits)*
  • Early Modern Jewish Experiences (3 credits)*
  • Modern Jewish Experiences (3 credits)*
  • Contemporary Jewish Experiences (3 credits)*
  • Gender and Judaism (3 credits)*
  • History of Antisemitism I: Antiquity to Late Eighteenth Century*
  • History of Antisemitism II: Dawn of the Enlightenment to the Present*

WebConferencing Courses Through iMeet

Jerusalem in History and Tradition
Mondays 5-7 pm CST
August 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016
Taught by Dr. Igal German
(MAJS second-level core and concentration, DSJS core, DJS text) 

This course explores the history of Jerusalem in the First and Second Temple periods. It focuses on the major historical events and key Israelite figures that shaped the city's unique religious status as reflected in a plethora of textual and archaeological evidence. We will scrutinize various biblical texts and other ancient Near East sources which detail the intricate story of Jerusalem's transformation into the epicenter of Jewish faith and practice. Interactive teaching tools include media and visual aids.
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Introduction to Jewish Studies
Tuesdays 5-7 pm CST
November 1, 8, 15, and 29, and December 6, 2016
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Peter Knobel
(MAJS core and DSJS core) 

Jewish Studies as an academic discipline is, in many ways, a relatively new endeavor. As an interdisciplinary field, it draws from a broad range of scholarly methodologies, covers a dizzying array of topics, and utilizes many genres of source materials. As such, Jewish Studies is an amalgam that tells us quite a bit about Jews and Judaism (both past and present) as well as the current state of the Academy. In this course, we will examine the general lines of development of Jewish Studies in the Academy, with special emphasis on recent advancements. We will consider each of the major chronological periods through a close look at recent scholarship to understand central themes and current trends in Jewish Studies today.
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Onsite Jewish Studies Seminars

Our twice yearly seminars offer dedicated time to advance your studies, learn with skilled and accomplished faculty, and engage with your fellow students from around the world. During the seminars, courses are offered that meet a variety of masters and doctoral program requirements. Mark your calendar now for the 2017 seminars:

Spring Seminar, March 19-23, 2017
Summer Seminar, July 16-20, 2017

Seminar courses and faculty will be announced in November.

Letter from the Dean

Dear Jewish Studies Students:

We are pleased to provide you with a schedule of course offerings.

This list includes ongoing online courses and a series of new courses that will be delivered via web-conferencing.

There is quite a range of exciting courses, taught by distinguished international faculty, delivered in a variety of ways to meet your needs, schedules, and interests.

If you have questions, feel free to email me at or contact Dr. Joshua Shanes (Interim Director of Doctoral Studies) at

We look forward to learning with you.
Dean Bell
Dr. Dean P. Bell
Provost and Vice President
Spertus Institute

Why Spertus Institute?

  • Welcoming nondenominational environment open to all
  • Distinguished international faculty
  • Flexible scheduling and locations, distance learning available
  • Outstanding curricula with opportunities to pursue
    individual interests
  • Extensive resources


At Spertus Institute, we embrace the idea that the wisdom of Jewish thought and the richness of Jewish experiences inform Jewish society and Judaism today. Our programs encourage intellectual and spiritual reflection. Students grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of their personal, professional, and communal advancement.

Course Costs for Admitted Students

  • Masters level 
    $350 per quarter-hour credit 
    ($1050 per 3qh course)

  • Doctoral level 
    $400 per quarter-hour credit 
    ($1200 per 3qh course)

A registration fee of $25 is also required.

For New Students

Spertus offers graduate programs in Jewish Studies through a unique blend of distance learning and intensive on-campus instruction. Students — from half a dozen foreign countries and more than two dozen US states — come to Spertus for week-long academic seminars. Seminars include a range of courses in Jewish history, thought, and culture, accompanied by study of classical Jewish texts.

Applications for Jewish Studies programs are accepted all year. MORE>