About Jewish Studies at Elon (FAQ)

What is Jewish Studies?

Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the diverse texts, history, languages, philosophy, religion, and culture of Jewish communities across the globe and over the span of three thousand years. The Jewish Studies program at Elon provides students with the opportunity to explore these aspects of Jewish civilization from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Our program brings together courses from departments including Religious Studies, World Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, History and Geography, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science and Policy Studies, and English.

What Jewish Studies courses will be offered at Elon this year?

Prior to pre-registration each semester, we always update the list of courses that will be taught in the coming semester on this page.  If you have questions about what will be taught in future semesters, please contact Jewish Studies program coordinator Prof. Geoffrey Claussen.

Who teaches Jewish Studies courses at Elon?

You can see a list of all of Elon's Jewish Studies faculty here.  Our core faculty includes two past recipients of the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Our faculty have expertise in a variety of Jewish Studies fields, and have authored books including:

Can I take Jewish Studies courses abroad?

Yes!  Elon runs a winter-term course focused on the Holocaust that travels through Europe and a course focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based in Israel.  Our students also take Jewish Studies courses through programs including the International School at the University of Haifa, the DanceJerusalem program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the CET Jewish Studies in Prague program.  Click here for more information.

Who are the Jewish Studies speakers who will be visiting campus this year?

Click here to learn about upcoming events (and to watch videos from past events!).

Is there a relationship between Jewish Studies and Elon Hillel?

There is no formal connection between Elon's Jewish Studies program and Elon Hillel, but the Jewish Studies program is proud to have a strong relationship with Hillel. For more information about Elon Hillel please visit their website or contact Hillel director Rabbi Rebecca Joseph.