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Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies

Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies at Spertus Institute

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 personal reflection. Students grapple with Jewish ideas in the service of their personal, professional, and communal advancement.

Spertus Institute’s Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies (DSJS) program is designed for Jewish professionals — including educators, administrators, and communal service workers — as well as lifelong learners in any field seeking increased understanding of the Jewish experience and academic grounding in Jewish thought and practice.

The DSJS program allows students to address challenging, critical issues of Jewish life and thought, and their relevance to individuals and the community. Applicants must have a master’s degree in Jewish Studies (or the equivalent) and the equivalent of at least two years of college-level Hebrew language to be considered for admission.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the DSJS program learn to:

  • Understand how key issues have been addressed throughout classical Jewish history and literature
  • Conduct advanced and independent research in Jewish Studies topics
  • Can apply classical Jewish learning to address contemporary issues, problems, and challenges
  • Conduct advanced and independent research in Jewish Studies topics
  • Translate skills and knowledge to new fields of inquiry in Jewish Studies for further study, research, and lifelong learning
  • Demonstrate skills in a variety of methodologies and approaches by conceptualizing and critically analyzing these ideas, practices, and issues

Course Requirements (54 quarter-hour credits)

Spertus Institute's Jewish Studies degree programs are offered on a quarter-term system, which allows for flexible and asynchronous registration and start dates. As a result, course credit is granted in quarter hours (as opposed to semester hours).

  • Core Courses (7 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Text Courses (5 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Elective Courses (4 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Courses Related to Final Project (2 courses, 3 credits each)

Comprehensive Examinations

The purpose of the required Comprehensive Examinations is to assess students’ competencies in Jewish Studies. Comprehensive Examinations are required in each of the following areas:

  1. Biblical Israel
  2. The Talmudic Era
  3. Medieval Jewry
  4. Jewish Modernity Core

Course Titles

  • Who is a Jew?
  • What is Judaism?
  • Jewish Thinking
  • Jewish Living
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Jewish Historiography
  • Nature and Methodologies of Jewish Studies

ADMISSION INFORMATION


Is This Program For Me?

Contact Assistant Director for Recruitment Amie Barrish  abarrish@spertus.edu or 312.322.1707, who will meet you to discuss your goals.


Accreditation

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.


Applications accepted year round

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JEWISH STUDIES AT SPERTUS

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

CREDIT TRANSFERS

Students may transfer credit to Spertus Institute for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution of higher learning. However, regardless of the number of credit hours accepted by Spertus as transfers, all students must complete a minimum of 36 quarter-hour credits (the equivalent of one year of full-time study) registered at Spertus Institute (on campus or through distance learning).