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Jewish Studies Program
6220 Reed Hall, Room 201
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
Telephone: (603) 646-0475

Program Chair
Ehud Benor
316 Thornton Hall
Telephone: (603) 646-1313


Thérèse Perin-Deville



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Jewish Studies

The Jewish Studies Program serves to provide a multi-disciplinary focal point for the various courses in Jewish history, religion, literature, and culture that are given at Dartmouth, as well as to sponsor special course offerings (including those by the annual Brownstone Lecturer) and a variety of academic activities related to the discipline. The program currently offers a minor.

Jewish Studies minor worksheet (pdf)

Jewish Studies Minor

The minor is designed to offer a general introduction to the historical and cultural experience of Jews throughout the world, and to Jewish thought, literature, and contemporary political and social issues. At the same time, it provides the opportunity for students who wish to do more intensive work in a single discipline. Those completing the minor are encouraged, but not required, to obtain at least a working knowledge of Hebrew (Hebrew 3, or equivalent).


A total of six courses, which must include:

Two Introductory courses

  • JWST 4/REL 4 Religion of Israel: The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) or 
  • JWST 6/REL 6 Introduction to Judaism
  • JWST 10/HIST 94.8 History and Culture of the Jews I: The Classical Period or 
  • JWST 11/HIST 94.9 History and Culture of the Jews II: The Modern Period

One course in:

  • Literature, Language and Culture of the Jewish People

Three courses chosen from the other course offerings in the program, selected in consultation with the advisor.