Maurice Greenberg Center
for Judaic Studies
The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies is devoted to teaching and original research in Judaic studies from the biblical to the modern periods. Faculty from around the world have created programs that are diverse and stimulating.
Founded in 1985 by a major endowment, the Center offers you an opportunity to choose from a rich array of exciting classes in six different areas: history, Yiddish, Arabic, Bible, Holocaust studies, and Israel studies.
You may select one of two majors: Judaic studies or Jewish education (an integrated, dual major in elementary education and Judaic studies). Although course requirements may vary among majors, each program within the Center offers you:
- An experienced faculty of recognized scholars who are committed to personal student advising and development
- Small class sizes with ample access to your teachers and the Center's resources
- A balanced emphasis incorporating superior study of the liberal arts and professional training
At the Greenberg Center, you will excavate the biblical past through texts and archaeology, debate talmudic scholars, delve into Holocaust studies, master Yiddish or Hebrew or both, discover the beauty of teaching what you have learned, and explore Jewish life in America. The opportunities are endless.
With two world-renowned endowed professors and interaction with faculty from across the University, Greenberg Center majors are prepared for careers of lasting significance. Students receive hands-on experience in the work of museums and special collections at the Greenberg Center's Museum of Jewish Civilization. Faculty mentor our students who are interested in careers in the work of curators, docents, archives, and museum studies. The Greenberg Center provides training at our field school in Israel. Students learn in an archaeology lab, at excavations, and in immersion classrooms of Hebrew and Arabic languages and cultures in Israel and elsewhere. These experiences have prepared students for careers in politics, science, law, education, and public service.
By studying the past, you will gain a better understanding of the present and be prepared to face the challenges of the future.