The one-year Master's program Hebrew and Jewish Studies focus on Jewish culture and intellectual life from antiquity to the present.
A tailor-made program
Following a general theoretical and methodological seminar, each student will take tutorials and/or electives in subjects related to his/her desired area of expertise. The students together with the study adviser and tutors draw up their own trajectory. The staff participating in the program cover a broad range of subjects, periods and approaches: Second Temple period and ancient rabbinic Judaism, medieval culture, with particular emphasis on philosophy and history of the sciences, early modern and modern cultural and intellectual history (including Amsterdam’s Jewish past), book history, Modern Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture, and Yiddish studies.
Why study Hebrew at the University of Amsterdam?
The program is situated in a city rich in Jewish life and infrastructure. Local institutions include the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, the Ets Haim/Livraria Montezinos, the Jewish Historical Museum, and the Municipal Archive. Together the University of Amsterdam and these institutions host extensive collections, ranging from primary sources to contemporary scholarly literature and material objects. We maintain excellent connections with other departments within the university as well as other academic and Jewish institutes, where students can find additional expertise. Thanks to the staff’s national and international networks, most graduates find jobs in their area of expertise.
The Master's program Hebrew and Jewish Studies comprises 60 EC:
- 42 EC for core courses (on methodologies and controversies in Jewish Studies) and electives,
- 18 EC for a thesis.
The program in Hebrew and Jewish Studies is built around the following components:
- the research seminar Jewish Studies: Issues, Controversies, Models, and Theories (12 EC, semester 1, period 1-2), which offers an exploration of the field of academic Jewish Studies. The course is designed to help students place their area of specialization within the broader field and equip them with the tools to judge and apply the relevant methods and theories.
- the individual Term Paper (6 EC, semester 1, period 1-2).
- the MA thesis (18 EC, semester 2, period 2-3).
- in the remaining 24 EC students take tutorials or electives in subjects related to their area of expertise. Each individual trajectory is designed in close consultation with the program director and study adviser.
The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the program. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s). In general, the research and writing will take up to a minimum of ten weeks, with a requirement of 17.000 – 23.000 words. It’s strongly advisable to adjust your subject of interest to one of the professor’s own research area’s.
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Last updated January 19, 2018