Courses

Judaic Studies at Carleton invites students to explore historical and contemporary manifestations of Jewish civilization in diverse cultural contexts from the perspectives of many different modern academic disciplines. These include the study of Jewish history, thought, religion, literature, and socio-cultural experience. In addition, students may fulfill their Carleton language requirement with the four-term modern Hebrew sequence offered through the Department of Middle Eastern Languages.

To complement the courses in this interest list, in the Departments of Religion, Middle Eastern Languages, and History, students are encouraged to explore Israel through a range off campus opportunities. Twice in the past Carleton has offered a “Faith and Fiction: Exploring Israeli Identity” winter break program in Israel (conducted in English) focusing on Judaism in contemporary Israel and Hebrew fiction in dialogue with Israeli urban spaces and society. A follow-up term of supervised research on aspects of Israeli identity culminated in a public symposium of students’ work.

While this program is no longer offered, students may explore Israel through study, structured volunteer, or internship experiences with support from a Jonathan Paradise Israel Experience Scholarship. Carleton’s retired Hebrew instructor, Elie Alyeshmerni, established these scholarships that help 2-3 Carleton students per year to experience daily life in Israel. Please contact Judaic Studies Director, Stacy Beckwith for details – to study, volunteer, or intern in Israel this summer or at any time during the 2017-18 academic year, our application deadline is 4:00 pm. on Friday, March 10, 2017. Students can also receive full academic credit for several consortia programs such as CET Jewish Studies in Prague.